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 North Dakota. The opening of Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Minot, North Dakota, marks the brand's growth in the Midwest as part of its Ambition 2015 strategy.

“The brand is establishing a strong footprint in North Dakota with four 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, 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 hotels in the U.S. 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 free 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 thrilled to begin a relationship with Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and their family of brands,” said Anil Patel, owner, and president of Conar LLC, owning company of the Country Inns & Suites By Carlson, Minot. “The brand's strength, high standards, leadership and franchise support have established a successful partnership.” Opening the hotel is Chetan Patel, general manager.

The hotel is located six miles from the Minot International Airport. The 69-room hotel amenities include a business center, an indoor heated pool, whirlpool and fitness center. All guestrooms feature a 42-inch HD TV and DVD player, refrigerator, microwave. One bedroom suites include a full-sized sofa sleeper and dry bar.

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