Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM Expands Portfolio with Opening of Hotel in Wichita

Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM Expands Portfolio with Opening of Hotel in Wichita

Wichita | October 1, 2013 - Country Inns & Suites By Carlson, a leading upper-midscale brand, today announced the opening of Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Wichita Northeast, Kan. This opening aligns with Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s aggressive growth plans for the brand as part of its Ambition 2015 strategy.

“The addition of the fourth Country Inns & Suites in Kansas intensifies our foothold in the market,” said Scott Meyer, senior vice president, Midscale Brands, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Americas. “The continued growth in this region is another step forward in our plan to expand the brand primarily in the U.S., Canada, India and Mexico.”

The hotel features 69 guest rooms and suites, a well-equipped fitness center, an indoor heated pool, and business center. Country Inns & Suites offers complimentary amenities including high-speed Internet access and hot, breakfast served on classic dining ware daily.

The hotel is located off of state highway K-96 and is minutes from Wichita State University, Koch Industries, Raytheon, Boeing, Lear, Kansas Heart Hospital, Century II Convention Center and Intrust Bank Arena and downtown Wichita.

Opening the hotel is general manager, Vanessa Cardenas.

Country Inns & Suites offers a caring, consistent, comfortable hospitality experience delivered with a touch of home, and features particularly attractive for business travelers. The distinctive product and service innovations, such as the Be Our Guest employee training program have generated tremendous employee engagement scores and high guest satisfaction.

For reservations and more information, visit www.countryinns.com.

About Country Inns & Suites by CarlsonSM

Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM is a leading upper-midscale brand with 480 hotels operating throughout North America and India. The brand is focused on growth primarily in the U.S., Canada, India and Mexico. Country Inns & Suites was founded by the Carlson family in 1987, inspired by the traditional European bed and breakfast and the founding principal that great hospitality means treating guests like family. To this day, guests are welcomed with a batch of warm chocolate chip cookies, a trademark of family-style hospitality. Today, the brand has evolved to a more contemporary vision, yet still embodies the best parts of that founding philosophy, including the cookies.

For reservations and more information, visit www.countryinns.com. Or visit Talk of the Country, a blog curated by the team behind Country Inns & SuitesSM, for unique hotel features; destinations; travel tips; deals and packages; news and events; and guest experience stories.

About Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups. The portfolio of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group includes more than 1,300 hotels in operation and under development, a global footprint spanning 100 countries and territories and a powerful set of global brands (Radisson Blu, Radisson®, Park Plaza®, Park Inn by Radisson, Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM and Hotel Missoni). In most of the group’s hotels, guests can benefit from the loyalty program Club CarlsonSM, one of the most rewarding loyalty programs in the world. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and its brands employ more than 80,000 people.
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., and Brussels, Belgium.

http://www.carlsonrezidor.com

About Pillar Hotels

Pillar Hotels & Resorts is the second largest independent hotel and resort manager in the United States with approximately 209 select-service, extended stay and full service hotels across 35 states under management. Pillar represents 16 well-respected flags, including Country Inn & Suites By Carlson. Pillar Hotels & Resorts offers shared services, hotel management, accounting, revenue management, and project management. The company is headquartered in the Las Colinas business suburb of Irving, Texas.

http://www.pillarhotels.com

Contacts:

Vanessa Cardenas
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson
Wichita Northeast, Kan.
cx_wiks@countryinns.com
+1 316.634.3900

Staci Graber
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
sgraber@carlsonrezidor.com
+1 763-212-4252

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