Carlson Hotels, one of the world's leading hotel companies, announces that it has signed a Development Services Agreement for the second Radisson hotel in Bangladesh. The 250-room Radisson Hotel Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2013. The hotel is situated on a premier oceanfront location along the world's longest natural beach spanning 120 kilometres.

"Radisson is the fastest growing upscale brand in Asia Pacific and recognized for its vibrant, contemporary and engaging hospitality defined by the Yes I Can! service philosophy. We are proud to be the first international hotel company and upscale brand to mark its presence in Cox's Bazar," said Jean-Marc Busato, managing director, Carlson Hotels, Asia Pacific. "This aligns with our Ambition 2015 strategy to grow our global portfolio by at least 50 percent to over 1,500 hotels in operation by 2015," Busato added.

"We are very pleased to embark on this partnership with Carlson Hotels. The Radisson brand is well established in Bangladesh. We are confident that this new hotel will deliver superior services and facilities catering to the growing number of discerning local and international travellers," said M. A. Alim Chowdhury, managing director, The Clewiston Group and hotel owner.

The Radisson Hotel Cox's Bazar will feature contemporary designed guest rooms, an all-day dining speciality restaurant, several meeting rooms and a trendy bar. Guests seeking leisure and recreational facilities can indulge in the wellness facilities that will include a swimming pool and a fitness centre.

An economic hub and one of Bangladesh's most popular tourist spots, Cox's Bazar is 150 kilometres southeast of Chittagong, one of the country's main seaports and commercial centres.

Set amidst stretches of golden sand, towering cliffs with views of stunning sea waves, the Radisson Hotel Cox's Bazar is two kilometres or a short five minute drive from the domestic airport, with plans for an international airport in the future. Besides air travel, Cox's Bazar is also easily accessible by land transfers from Dhaka and Chittagong cities.

Carlson Hotels currently successfully operates the 200-room Radisson Water Garden Hotel Dhaka in Bangladesh's capital city.

About Carlson
Carlson is a privately held, global hospitality and travel company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. Carlson encompasses more than 1,060 hotels, including Radisson®, Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM, Park Inn®, Park Plaza®and Regent®; more than 1,000 restaurants, including T.G.I. Friday's®and Pick Up Stix®; 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 150,000 people.

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