Carlson Hotels, one of the world's leading hotel companies, today reported on the significant progress made in the first 100 days of its long-term Ambition 2015 growth plan. Most notably, Carlson Hotels reported that investments committed to the Radisson strategy in North America already exceed USD 350 million. This includes the introduction of the upper upscale Radisson Blu international brand to the U.S. as well as property improvements to align the current U.S. portfolio with global upscale standards. Fifty percent of the existing U.S. Radisson portfolio has committed to the new standards, just 100 days after they were announced.

"We have achieved marked success in our first 100 days of Ambition 2015 with this strong commitment to compliance, market-leading international growth, and a focus on revenue generation," said Hubert Joly, president and chief executive officer, Carlson. "While this is just the beginning of a five-year strategy, we have established an excellent foundation for growth and brand elevation within the industry."

The milestones achieved during the first 100 days of Ambition 2015 center on: the investment in and growth of Radisson; Carlson Hotels' rapid global expansion; additional investments in revenue generation; and Carlson's acquisition of the majority of The Rezidor Hotel Group.

Radisson

As part of Ambition 2015, Carlson aims to make Radisson a powerful, globally consistent, first-class brand. The milestones achieved in 100 days include: