Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world's largest and most dynamic hotel groups, today announced the further expansion of Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM in central Texas. The opening of Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Temple, Texas, marks the brand's growth in the region as part of its Ambition 2015 strategy.

“The brand has established a strong footprint in Texas with 20 Country Inns & Suites locations,” said Scott Meyer, vice president, Midscale Brands, Americas. “The continued growth in this region is another step forward in our plan to expand the brand by an additional 250 hotels globally by 2015, primarily in the U.S., Canada, India and Mexico.”

Country Inns & Suites offers caring, consistent, comfortable hospitality with a touch of home, and features particularly attractive for business travelers. In late 2011, the brand completed rollout of classic diningware and silverware in all of its U.S. hotels to accompany its complimentary Be Our Guest hot breakfast. The introduction of classic diningware represents an industry first among major brands within the midscale hotel segment. The brand also offers complimentary high-speed Internet access and weekday newspaper. The distinctive product and service innovations, such as the Be Our Guest employee training program have generated tremendous employee engagement scores and high guest satisfaction.

“We are delighted to expand our relationship with Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group with the addition of our second Country Inns & Suites hotel,” said Richard Larson, owner, and president of TMI Hospitality. “The brand's strength, high standards, leadership and franchise support have established a successful partnership.” The company also owns the Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, Lewisville, Texas and the Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Corpus Christi, Texas. Opening the hotel is Shelly Lugo, general manager.

The hotel is conveniently located off I-35 and served by three commercial airports. The 61-room hotel offers free high-speed Internet access, a business center, an indoor pool and whirlpool and access to a local fitness center.

For reservations and information, visit www.countryinns.com or call toll-free +1 (800) 456-4000.