Hospitality and travel company Carlson is renaming its ‘goldpoints plus’ hotel loyalty program as ‘Club Carlson’, with the new program offering additional redemption and earning features upon its launch on March 31.

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The 105-room Radisson Petra La Dehesa is located in northern Santiago, the most upscale residential area of the city.

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The hotel is planning to begin a $6 million renovation immediately to upgrade its guest rooms, restaurants, ballroom and lobby. The renovation will be done in stages so that daily operations and guests will not be affected,

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Construction on the US$19 million Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Calgary Airport East will begin in March 2011 and the hotel is expected to open in March 2012.

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Carlson is planning to have more than 100 hotels in operation in India by 2015, according to Hubert Joly, Carlson’s president and chief executive officer, who announced the target during a signing ceremony for two new hotel agreements in India.

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Located in the Philippines’ oldest and second-largest city, the Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu will be positioned as the city’s leading international upper-upscale hotel and is designed to appeal to both business and leisure travellers.

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The 501-room upper-upscale hotel will be a cornerstone of Mall of America’s Phase II upscale expansion. Construction of the hotel is expected to begin in December 2010 and its opening is planned for late 2012.

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After an extensive renovation and reconstruction, the former ‘Hotel Split’ – which had a history of nearly 50 years – offers 240 guestrooms, including two Presidential suites. The hotel is on the Adriatic coast and has panoramic views over the Mediterranean Sea and the island Brac.

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From September 1 to October 31, 2010, members of Carlson’s goldpoints plus guest loyalty program (and those who enroll) can obtain the Business Class upgrade for $5 at all Radisson hotels in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, instead of the average $30 price.

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Carlson Hotels has signed its first hotel in Chinese city Wuxi’s promising new high-technology-zone area. The 196-room upscale hotel will open in the first half of 2012.

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Carlson Hotels has signed an agreement to manage a new-build Radisson Plaza Resort in one of China’s most popular holiday-resort destinations, Huizhou. Located on a spectacular beach front, the Radisson Plaza Resort Huizhou will have 300 guestrooms and is scheduled to open in the first half of 2012.

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Carlson Hotels has signed agreements to open 75 Radisson, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson, Park Inn and Park Plaza hotels in the Asia Pacific region by 2013 and will launch 18 new hotels in the region this year. Six of the new hotels opening this year will be Radissons in India.

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The Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel Philadelphia has completed a five-year, multi-phase, $22 million renovation. The final phase of renovation included an additional $2 million investment for the modern transformation of the National Historic Landmark hotel’s mezzanine level pre-function area and meeting rooms, public restrooms, and the Locust Street entrance.

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Radisson Hotels & Resorts has added to its brand portfolio the Radisson Hotel Orlando ― International Drive, a 223-room hotel located at 8444 International Drive in Orlando, Florida.

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The new 80-room Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Asheville West has opened for business. The hotel is located at 1914 Old Haywood Road in Asheville, North Carolina, near the famous Biltmore Estate.

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