Country Inns & Suites By Carlson(SM) Announces Sponsorship of Top PGA TOUR Golfer Zach Johnson

Minneapolis - April 1, 2014 - Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM today announced a three-year sponsorship agreement with Top Ten World Ranked PGA TOUR Professional, Zach Johnson. The sponsorship will feature logo placement on Johnson's apparel and will kick off at the Masters in Augusta, Georgia on April 10.

Johnson has won 11 PGA TOUR events including the 2007 Masters. He has also played on three Ryder Cup and three Presidents Cup teams.

"We could not be more proud to announce Country Inns & Suites' sponsorship of Zach Johnson, a Masters champion and professional athlete known for his strong values and integrity," said Scott Meyer, senior vice president, Midscale Brands, Americas, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. "Our values and brands align very well and we are optimistic about the long-term future of our partnership with Zach."

The sponsorship will allow the brand to reach new and current guests, including young, educated male millennials, a target demographic for Country Inns & Suites. Additionally, Country Inns & Suites has made a commitment to the Zach Johnson Foundation and its Kids on Course program which supports literacy and educational development.

"I admire Country Inns & Suites and the brand's commitment to providing exceptional guest service delivered with a touch of home," said Johnson. "I feel our core values align nicely and I look forward to working with them in the years to come."

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 mid-market brand with over 470 hotels operating throughout the world primarily in the United States, Canada, India and Latin America. The brand's Be Our Guest service philosophy encourages employees to serve guests with the same kind and caring spirit given to friends when they are being hosted at home. Signature and complimentary brand amenities include high-speed Internet access, hot breakfast served on classic diningware, fitness centers and business centers.

Country Inns & Suites By Carlson is part of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group portfolio which also includes Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Radisson Red, Park Plaza® and Park Inn® by Radisson. For reservations and more information visit, www.countryinns.com or the brand's newsroom.

SOURCE Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM

Media Contacts:

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

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