At its Global Business Conference today, Carlson Hotels announced Ambition 2015, its global growth strategy. Through this strategy, the company wants to be known for its innovative and vibrant spirit reflected in the quality of its segment leading brands around the world. It aspires to be the number one hotel company to work for and to invest with. It aims to expand its portfolio by at least 50 percent by 2015 to more than 1,500 hotels in operation.

"We believe this is a great time to invest in the hotel business. With Ambition 2015, we have a comprehensive and compelling strategy to build the business," said Hubert Joly, president and chief executive officer, Carlson.

Ambition 2015 will focus on four priority growth initiatives including: