Carlson Hotels Worldwide (CHW), one of theworld's largest privately-owned hotel companies, has signed an agreement to add a new Chineseproperty to the Radisson Plaza portfolio, the premium extension of the upscale, full-serviceRadisson Hotels & Resorts®brand. The 300-room Radisson Plaza Hotel Chongqing Nan Bin Lu,which is scheduled to open at the end of 2010 will be Carlson's first hotel in China's fastestgrowing city.

Owned by Chongqing Xun Sheng Real Estate Development Co., Ltd, this will be the fifthRadisson property in the future pipeline for China. Other planned Radisson properties are theRadisson Plaza Hotel Shenyang Hunnan, Radisson Plaza Hotel Tianjin, Radisson Plaza HotelSanya Lu Hui Tou and Radisson Hotel Liuzhou.

This is part of CHW's strategy to increase thebrand's presence across the region and also support the group's overall development plans tomore than double its hotel portfolio in Asia over the four year period of 2008 to 2012.

Set in Chongqing and on the bank of the Yangtze River, the largest tourism hub insouthwest China, the Radisson Plaza Hotel Chongqing Nan Bin Lu will be prominently locatedon Nan Bin Road, the city's most vibrant street for shopping and nightlife.

"This property will create an important foothold for the Radisson Plaza brand asChongqing continues to aggressively grow as an important economic and tourism hub forsouthwest China. In addition, the location of this hotel provides an ideal setting for the brand,which is becoming a well-established name in key commercial cities across China," said Jean-Marc Busato, managing director - Asia Pacific, Carlson Hotels Worldwide.

Radisson Plaza Hotel Chongqing Nan Bin Lu will feature three restaurants, including aspeciality restaurant with a five meter high ceiling and bars on the 36th floor, as well as a spa,health club and executive club. There will also be extensive banquet and state-of-the-artconference facilities, including eight function rooms and a grand ballroom.

The hotel will be close to the city's tourist attractions, as well as Chongqing's mainshopping, restaurant and nightlife districts. It will be 25 kilometres from Chongqing Jiangbeiairport, which is connected to more than 30 local and international destinations, five minutesfrom the Jie Fang Bei Central Business District and in close proximity to ChongqingInternational Exhibition Centre and Nan Ping Commercial Centre.

"It will be a grand property with views overlooking the Yangtze River from one of thecity's most fashionable streets. The hotel will be a welcome addition to Chongqing's skyline andmarks a notable step for the city in attracting more international investors," said Mr Dong RuiBao, president, Chongqing Xun Sheng Real Estate Development Co., Ltd.

There are currently five Radisson properties already operating in China. They are theRadisson Hotel Pudong Century Park, Radisson Hotel Shanghai Hong Quan, Radisson HotelShanghai New World, Radisson Plaza Xing Guo Hotel Shanghai and the Radisson SAS HotelBeijing.