Carlson Hotels Worldwide, one of the world'sleading hotel companies, has announced that it will be opening and managing a secondRadisson hotel in Sanya Bay, China. The latest agreement with Sanya Zhong Gang RealEstate Co. marks the ninth hotel property currently under development in China for Carlson.

Radisson Hotels & Resorts®is the upscale, full-service brand of Carlson. The group alsorecently announced that it will manage a Radisson Plaza hotel, which is the brand's premiumextension, in Sanya on the Lu Hui Tou peninsular.

"This is an important development for Carlson as it will give us the opportunity tostrengthen the Radisson brand in one of Asia's most renowned holiday destinations. It willalso help increase our presence in southern China," said Jean-Marc Busato, managingdirector - Asia Pacific, Carlson Hotels Worldwide.

The Radisson Hotel Sanya Bay will be located at the intersection of Yue Jin Road andSheng Li Road, close to Sanya city and about 20 kilometres from the airport. There is also anew conference centre under construction close to the hotel, which can accommodate up to3000 delegates, catering to the growing Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibition(MICE) segment.

"The local government is positioning Sanya as an upscale tourism destination, withSanya Bay being further developed to include a golf course, theme parks and a marina. Beinga popular getaway and well known for its white sandy beaches, Radisson Hotel Sanya Baywill be part of a major mixed-use development with extensive recreational and entertainmentfacilities," said Wei Xi, executive deputy general manager, Sanya Zhong Gang Real EstateCo.

Radisson Hotel Sanya Bay will have 415 rooms, several restaurants and meetingfacilities, including a 1500 m2 ballroom and eight meeting rooms. The property is scheduledto open in 2012.

Another eight hotels are currently under development in China including the RadissonPlaza Hotel Chongqing Nan Bin Lu, Radisson Plaza Hotel Sanya Lu Hui Tou, Radisson PlazaHotel Tianjin, Radisson Plaza Hotel Shenyang Hunnan and Radisson Hotel Liuzhou.