Carlson on Path to Exceed 100 Hotels in Operation in India by 2015 Company opening eight hotels in 2010 and planning to add at least 15 hotels in 2011

NEW DELHI, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Carlson, a privately held, global hospitality and travel company, today announced that it plans to have more than 100 hotels in operation in India by 2015. This was announced by Hubert Joly, Carlson president and chief executive officer, during a signing ceremony for two new hotel agreements in India.

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Setting the momentum for its robust expansion, Carlson announced that after opening eight hotels in 2010, it is planning to add at least 15 more hotels in 2011.

"We are delighted to be bringing great hotels to market across our brands and to have such a strong infrastructure and team here in India," said Hubert Joly, Carlson president and chief executive officer.

Carlson, which opened three hotels in the first half of the year, is scheduled to open another five hotels by the year end. These include the 178-room Radisson Hotel New Delhi Paschim Vihar, the 120-room Radisson Hotel Rudrapur, the 73-room Country Inn & Suites Gurgaon Sector 12, the 94-room Park Plaza Ahmedabad and the 80-room Park Plaza Faridabad.

Carlson, which is India's largest international hotel company, also signed two new hotel agreements in west and south India for the 275-room Radisson Blu Hotel Mumbai Malad and the 110-room Park Plaza Coimbatore.

Radisson Blu Hotel Mumbai Malad

Owned by American Spring and Pressing Works Private Limited, construction of this USD 52 million upper-upscale hotel will begin immediately, with the hotel expected to open in 2014. The 275-room property is located on Chunilal Girdharilal Marg off SV Road, one of the main roads connecting Mumbai city to the western suburbs, and near the city's Central Business District area of Andheri East. It will feature contemporary rooms and include an all-day dining restaurant, two specialty food outlets, a tea lounge and a sprawling 10,000 square feet banquet and meeting facility.

Park Plaza Coimbatore

Owned by Sabari Inn Private Limited, the USD 15 million hotel is scheduled to open next year. Only four kilometres from the Coimbatore International Airport, it will feature four suites, 14 deluxe and 92 executive rooms. Food and beverage options will include a restaurant, coffee shop, rooftop restaurant and bar. There will also be two banquet halls that can accommodate up to 500 guests each, as well as two board rooms seating up to 40 people.

The three Carlson hotels which opened in the second quarter of 2010 are:

Radisson Marina Hotel Connaught Place

This is New Delhi's first heritage, boutique hotel. Conveniently located in the Central Business District area, it is in close proximity to the Airport Express Line Metro Station and the New Delhi Railway Station. The 93-room hotel has an extensive offering of food and beverage outlets, and wellness facilities.  

Radisson Hotel Indore

A short 20-minute drive from Devi Ahilyabai airport, this 201-room hotel is close to historical attractions such as the Holkar Palace and the Lal Bang Palace. It will offer guests 18 suites and 183 stylish rooms with a variety of dining options; The Creative Kitchen, The Great Kebab Factory and The Cakewalk pastry shop.

Radisson Resort Temple Bay Mamallapuram

Spread across 44 acres of lush tropical paradise, this 144-room hotel features a meandering 27,000 square feet swimming pool, and a pitch and putt golf course, as well as four dining outlet options.

Highlights of future hotel openings include:

Radisson Hotel Agra

Located in the city of Uttar Pradesh and in close proximity to the Taj Mahal, the 140-room hotel will comprise an all day dining and speciality restaurant, bar and tea lounge as well as over 10,000 square feet of banquet and meeting facilities, and a spa.

Radisson Hotel Amritsar

Located adjacent to the Raja Sansi International Airport and nearby tourist attractions such as the Golden Temple, this 186-room hotel will offer 24 suites and 162 stylish rooms.

Radisson Hotel Greater Noida

This 175-room hotel will provide guests an array of facilities that includes an all day dining restaurant, two speciality restaurants, a bar, a tea lounge, a fitness centre, and a 7,000 square feet banquet and meeting facility.

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Mumbai Powai

Owned by Rajesh Business and Leisure Hotels Limited, the 335-room property will be designed by internationally acclaimed architect Hafeez Contractor, together with Hirsch Bedner consultants renowned for their hospitality interior design work. Located eight kilometres from the airport, the hotel will offer all-day dining, three speciality restaurants and a tea lounge. To rejuvenate, guests will be able to enjoy the wellness and spa facility.

Country Inns and Suites by Carlson Gurgaon National Highway 8

This 200-room hotel will showcase a multi-cuisine restaurant, speciality restaurant, health club and spa, as well as an outdoor swimming pool, and conference and banquet facilities.

About Carlson

Carlson is a privately held, global hospitality and travel company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. Carlson encompasses more than 1,075 hotels, including Radisson®, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson(SM), Park Inn® and Park Plaza®; more than 1,000 restaurants, including T.G.I. Friday's® and Pick Up Stix®; and a majority stake in Carlson Wagonlit Travel®, the global leader in business travel management. Carlson operates in more than 150 countries and its brands employ about 150,000 people.  http://www.carlson.com

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