MINNEAPOLIS and CALGARY, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Carlson, a privately held, global hospitality and travel company, today announced plans for a new 120-room Radisson Hotel to be built two miles from Calgary International Airport. Construction on the USD 19 million Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Calgary Airport East will begin in March 2011 with an expected opening date of March 2012.
"This hotel development illustrates the continued momentum in our Ambition 2015 growth strategy," said Thorsten Kirschke, president of Carlson Hotels, Americas. "Adding another airport location to our growing portfolio is aligned with plans to expand Radisson as a vibrant, contemporary and engaging brand in key city, resort and airport locations globally."
Carlson announced its Ambition 2015 growth strategy earlier this year. The strategy is fueled by an investment program of up to USD 1.5 billion focused on positioning Radisson as a powerful, globally consistent first-class brand.
"We are thrilled to be joining Radisson during this exciting turning point in the brand's history," said Raj Uppal, partner of the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Calgary Airport East.
The Radisson Calgary Airport East will feature a day spa, indoor pool and fitness center. The bar and restaurant will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Meeting facilities will include five banquet rooms totaling 13,500 square feet that can accommodate up to 600 people.
Carlson is a privately held, global hospitality and travel company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. Carlson has 1,080 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. www.carlson.com