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

“The brand is working to establish a strong footprint in Oklahoma and is gaining traction with six Country Inns & Suites locations,” said Scott Meyer, senior vice president, Midscale Brands, Americas. “The continued growth in this region is another step forward in our plan to expand the brand primarily in the U.S., Canada, India and Mexico.”

The hotel offers 148 guestrooms and is situated just off I-44 and east of downtown Tulsa. The Country Inn & Suites, Tulsa Central provides guests easy access to attractions and businesses around the city. The hotel features warm accents and welcomes business travelers, vacationing families and tour groups with amenities including complimentary high-speed Internet access, seasonal outdoor pool, fitness center and meeting space.

The hotel will be managed by Pillar Hotels & Resorts, one of the largest managers of select service hotels in the U.S.  This is their sixth Country Inn & Suites under management.  “We are thrilled to continue our relationship with the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and their family of brands,” said Susi Schmidt, vice president, Legal Services, Pillar Hotels & Resorts. “We are confident that the consistency, value and leadership of this brand and the Carlson Rezidor system will result in a successful future for this hotel.” Opening the hotel is general manager, Lisa Smolar.

Country Inns & Suites offers a caring, consistent, comfortable hospitality experience delivered with a touch of home, and features particularly attractive for business travelers. The brand offers its complimentary, hot, Be Our Guest Breakfast served on classic diningware daily. 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.

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