Carlson, a privately held, global hospitality and travel company, has announced the opening of the Radisson Hotel Ontario Airport in California.

“This hotel represents 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.”

The 299-room Radisson Hotel Ontario Airport was previously a Marriott. The hotel is planning to immediately begin a USD 6 million renovation to upgrade the guest rooms, restaurants, ballroom and lobby. The renovation will be done in stages to not effect daily operations, and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2012.

“We are thrilled to be joining Radisson during this exciting turning point in the brand's history,” said Nicki Reddy, vice president of Prime Hospitality, LLC, owning company of the Radisson Hotel Ontario Airport.

The Radisson Hotel Ontario Airport is directly across from the Ontario Convention Center and is less than a mile from Ontario International Airport.  The hotel features a fully-equipped health club with racquetball and basketball courts and an outdoor pool. The hotel's two restaurants include the Pacific Grille and the D Street Bar & Grill. The hotel can accommodate large events with 21,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space.

About Carlson

Carlson is a privately held, global hospitality and travel company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. Carlson encompasses 1,080 hotels, including, Radisson®, Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM, 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.