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Eight new hotels for Carlson

Carlson Hotels Worldwide is adding eight new franchise locations to its portfolio of brands in January. These include a new Radisson SAS property in Brussels, Belgium, a new Park Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre in Ontario, Canada, and a new Country Inn & Suites By Carlson in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The new additions bring Carlson’s global portfolio to 924 hotels with 147,204 rooms in 69 countries. Carlson hotel brands include: Regent International Hotels, Radisson Hotels & Resorts®, Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Country Inns & Suites By Carlsonsm and Park Inn.

“After a tremendous growth year in 2005, all the brands of Carlson Hotels are positioned for strong development activity in 2006 and beyond,” said Sam Winterbottom, executive vice president of Development, Carlson Hotels Worldwide. “In fact, according to a recent study published by Lodging Econometrics, ‘in both ‘06 and ‘07 lodging demand growth should still exceed supply growth, after future removals from guestroom inventory are factored in.’ This is a clear indicator for growing pricing power and record setting profitability over the next few years and great news for both our company and our industry at large.”