Miami`s Newest Radisson Downtown

29th Jul 2003

MIAMI, Fla. (July 29, 2003)—The new Radisson Hotel Miami, located at 1601
Biscayne Boulevard, becomes the latest addition to the growing Radisson
brand, effective August 8.  The new Radisson Hotel Miami is the fourth
Radisson hotel in the city and will serve as Radisson Hotels & Resorts
largest hotel in the Miami market.  The 528-room hotel, which features
43,000 square feet of meeting space - the largest in the city, has completed
a $12 million performing arts-themed renovation of its guest rooms, public
areas, meeting space and restaurant.
“The hotel is an important addition to our portfolio in the southeastern
United States and a good example of the quality property we want to add in
key markets, said Bj¿rn Gullaksen, executive vice president of Full-Service
Hotels for Carlson Hotels Worldwide and brand leader for Radisson Hotels &
Resorts.  “The hotel will be ideal for large group business with its
extensive meeting space and proximity to the city`s business areas and
numerous attractions.”
With the new $300 million Performing Arts Center under construction next
door, the hotel is perfectly positioned to capitalize on the area`s
renaissance as a cultural and performing arts district.  New shops,
restaurants, jazz clubs and coffee bars are interspersed between studios for
artists, fashion designers and architects in the adjacent Miami Design

“We are delighted to be partnering with Radisson Hotels & Resorts to
reposition this beautiful hotel,” said Peter G. Shaw, vice president of
marketing for Driftwood Hospitality Management, LLC, the hotel`s management
company. “This is Driftwood`s third Radisson flag and we feel that the brand
is ideal for this property`s location and positioning.”

The new Radisson Hotel Miami is located less than 15 minutes from Miami
International Airport and five minutes from the Port of Miami and is close
to Bayside Marketplace, South Beach, the American Airlines Arena, Coconut
Grove, Miami Seaquarium and the Parrot Jungle. Connected to MetroMover,
Miami`s above-ground rail system, guests can easily move about the city
without ever touching the ground!

The hotel has 528 guest rooms, including 58 suites overlooking Biscayne Bay
and the downtown Miami skyline. Guest rooms feature all of the amenities
expected at a full-service business hotel including two-line cordless phones
with data port and voice mail, cable TV with free HBO, hairdryers, iron and
board, alarm clock radio and coffeemaker.

The hotel`s 43,000 square feet of meeting space boasts the area`s largest
ballroom and is divisible into 23 meeting rooms - all on one floor. With
abundant self-parking and valet, superb catering and banquet services, a
complete Kosher Kitchen, and the new Brisa Bistro restaurant to open
September 2003, the new Radisson Hotel Miami is perfectly positioned to
exceed the expectations of even the most demanding clientele.


The arts are alive at the new Radisson Hotel Miami, the perfect place for
“Business in Miami.”  The hotel, managed by Driftwood Hospitality Management
LLC, can be found at or  For
reservations and information, call (305) 374-0000 toll free (800) 333-3333
or your travel professional.

Driftwood Hospitality Management LLC, based in Jupiter, Florida, is one of
the fastest growing independent hotel, resort and casino management and
development firms in the country today.  Established in January 1999 by
David Buddemeyer, former Chairman and CEO of Servico Hotels and Resorts,
Driftwood owns and/or manages 23 full-service hotels, comprising
approximately 6,000 rooms, located throughout the continental United States,
Hawaii and The Bahamas
The company manages a variety of lodging types, from destination resorts to
downtown convention hotels to suburban hotels and inns. Many of the
company`s hotels are affiliated with nationally recognized hospitality
franchises, including Crowne Plaza, Radisson, Wyndham, Sheraton, Holiday
Inn, Holiday Inn Select and Holiday Inn Sunspree. Driftwood also owns and
operates an international tour and travel company that provides scheduled
air service from a variety of United States gateways to Grand Bahama Island.

Radisson Hotels & Resorts currently has over 450 locations in 61 countries.
Radisson is a division of Carlson Hospitality Worldwide, a global leader in
hospitality services encompassing more than 1,690 hotel, resort, restaurant
and cruise ship operations in 82 countries. Reservations at all Radisson
hotels can be made by calling 800-333-3333, via the Radisson Web site at or through your travel consultant. Photos of hotels
featured, available upon request.

Carlson Hotels Worldwide is part of Carlson Hospitality Worldwide whose
other brands include: Regent International Hotels; Park Plaza Hotels &
Resorts; Radisson Hotels & Resorts; Country Inns & Suites By Carlson; Park
Inn; Radisson Seven Seas Cruises; Carlson Restaurants Worldwide, which
includes T.G.I. Friday`s and other restaurant brands; and Provisions, a
worldwide procurement company.



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