Radisson today announced the Big Night Giveaway, developed with Club CarlsonSM, the global hotel rewards program from Carlson Hotels. The promotion celebrates the U.S. debut of the Radisson Blu brand in North America with the opening of the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago, on Nov. 1. The Radisson Big Night Giveaway awards 50,000 Gold Points®, enough for a free night stay at any Radisson hotel in the world, to the first 50,000 Club Carlson members who register for the promotion and then stay at a Carlson hotel.

The promotion begins Nov. 10 and runs through Dec. 30, 2011. Club Carlson members must register and stay one night at any Radisson hotel in the U.S., Canada or the Caribbean during the promotion time period. The bonus Gold Points they receive can then be used for a stay at any Carlson hotel worldwide.  Members who register after the first 50,000 giveaways will receive 15,000 bonus Gold Points.

“The Radisson Big Night Giveaway represents a wonderful opportunity for the first 50,000 members to earn a free hotel night and experience Carlson Hotels' world-class hospitality at any of our more than 1,000 Carlson properties around the globe,” said Heather Passe, vice president, Marketing, Loyalty and E-commerce. “The opening of the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel is just the beginning of our ambitious plans for the brand and we encourage our members to take the opportunity to stay with us at this landmark Chicago property.”

The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago introduces the upper-upscale Radisson Blu brand to North America, and reveals the innovative design aesthetic that defines the brand. The hotel features 334 guest rooms and suites; exquisitely prepared Italian cuisine at the contemporary restaurant Filini; more than 28,000 square feet of meeting and event space; an 8,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art fitness facility with an indoor basketball court; a movie screening room; an indoor lap pool; a full-service business center; and an 80,000-square-foot green roof and recreation deck complete with gardens, two outdoor pools, a hot tub with cabanas and a one-fifth mile running trail.

More information on the promotion, as well as terms and conditions, are available at www.radisson.com.

Travelers who are not yet Club Carlson members can join the loyalty program for free during any stay at a Carlson hotel or resort, or by visiting www.ClubCarlson.com.

Club Carlson is the global hotel rewards program from Carlson Hotels, part of leading hospitality and travel company, Carlson. Club Carlson provides its members a faster way to free award nights with hotel stay redemptions starting at only 9,000 points. Plus, there are no blackout dates on standard rooms. In addition to redeeming points for complimentary hotel stays at any of Carlson's more than 1,000 hotels worldwide, Club Carlson members can use points to purchase vacation options with CWT Vacations and Club Med®, as well as through more than 20 retail and restaurant partners. Club Carlson introduced a Concierge Elite tier in early 2011 that offers members complimentary room upgrades, continental breakfast, and early check-in and late checkout, among other benefits.

Marking the debut of the Radisson Blu brand in North America, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago is set to open on Nov. 1, 2011. The hotel features Filini, a contemporary 150-seat Italian restaurant and bar that offers simple and authentic dishes as well as an expansive Italian wine collection. http://www.radissonblu.com/aquahotel-chicago or call +1 (312) 565-5258.

Carlson is a global hospitality and travel company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. Carlson encompasses more than 1,067 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. http://www.carlson.com

Joan Cronson or Ben Gardeen, Carlson | +1 (763) 212-1418 or 1 (763) 212-8129 | jcronson@carlson.com orbgardeen@carlson.com

Fiona McRobert, MSLGroup | +1 (310) 461-0383 |  fiona.mcrobert@mslgroup.com