Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company, today announced the signing of its 42nd Radisson hotel in India, the 117-room Radisson Hotel Kandla. This is Carlson's fourth hotel in Gujarat. The USD 15 million Radisson Hotel Kandla is owned by Rajvee Resorts & Hotels Private Limited. The hotel is scheduled to open in the first half of 2012 Carlson's robust growth in India aligns with our Ambition 2015 plans to have more than 1,500 hotels globally by 2015,” said Simon C. Barlow, president, Carlson Hotels, Asia Pacific, during the signing ceremony at the Hotel Investment Conference South Asia in Mumbai this week. “This latest hotel signing brings our Radisson portfolio in India to 42 hotels, with 15 hotels currently in operation and 27 hotels under development,” he added.

“The Radisson Hotel Kandla is close to Kandla port, a major maritime hub in Gandhidham city. It is an important trade center for India, particularly with the salt industry in Gandhidham accounting for 40 percent of the country's salt production. The region has been witnessing business growth and a steady influx of corporate travelers. We are confident that this strategic partnership with Carlson, India's largest international hotel operator will bring a stylish, new hotel to the city,” said Dhaval B. Acharya, managing director, Rajvee Resorts & Hotels Private Limited.

“We are pleased to bring our vibrant, contemporary and engaging Radisson brand to Gandhidham city,” said K.B. Kachru, executive vice president, Carlson Hotels, South Asia.

The Radisson Hotel Kandla is designed by Alhad Raje & Associates, a leading Mumbai based architectural firm, with the interior design led by DBTA International Private Limited, a preeminent designer out of Singapore.

All the hotel rooms will feature a contemporary style accentuated by designer furnishings. Guest facilities will include a swimming pool, a fully equipped health club and spa. Dining options will include an all-day dining restaurant, a specialty Indian restaurant and a lobby lounge. The hotel will also be equipped with a business center, a banquet hall and three meeting rooms. All rooms and public areas will offer high speed Internet access.

The Gandhidham region has a rich history and several nearby attractions such as the Rao Pragmalji palace, Sharad Baug palace and the Kutch museum.

About Carlson
Carlson is a global hospitality and travel company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. Carlson encompasses more than 1,070 hotels, including Radisson®, Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM, Park Inn by Radisson and Park Plaza®; more than 900 T.G.I. Friday's®restaurants; 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 170,000 people.

About Rajvee Resorts & Hotels Private Limited
Rajvee Resorts & Hotels Private Limited is a family-owned business specializing in real estate development, shipping and warehouse services, and land transportation.