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Rezidor signed four new hotel projects and opened five new hotels in Q4-2012

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The  Rezidor Hotel Group signed four new hotels with over 1,200 rooms and opened
five  new hotels with  1,100 rooms in the  fourth quarter of 2012. Year-to-date,
the  group added 30 hotels with 7,100 rooms to its pipeline and opened 18 hotels
featuring  4,000 rooms. Two franchised hotels with  250 rooms left the system in
Q4.  A total of five hotels and  700 rooms left the system in 2012, resulting in
net openings of 3,200 rooms.

Rezidor continues to signal its commitment to profitable asset-light growth with
all   hotel  openings  and  signings  in  2012 under  management  and  franchise
contracts.  At the end  of 2012, Rezidor's operating 
portfolio consists of 338 hotels with 74,000 rooms in 56 countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The group's portfolio features an additional 100 hotels and 22,000 rooms in the pipeline. The fourth quarter of 2012 hotel openings are in mature markets of France (Lille and Nantes) and key cities in emerging markets such as Kiev, Budapest and Sochi. New hotel openings include: Radisson Blu Hotel, Kyiv Podil, Ukraine             164 rooms Radisson Blu Hotel, Nantes, France                   142 rooms Radisson Blu Resort & Congress Centre, Sochi, Russia     508 rooms Park Inn by Radisson Lille Grand Stade, France         127 rooms Park Inn by Radisson Budapest, Hungary                   138 rooms Signings in the fourth quarter 2012 included projects in mature markets such as the Park Inn by Radisson Amsterdam and two conversions under the Radisson Blu brand in Germany: Dortmund and Bremen. "Hotel conversions are an important part of our growth strategy, adding scale and contributing to our bottom line immediately," says Elie Younes, Senior Vice President & Head of Group Development. These additions will ideally complement Rezidor's already existing strong network in one of our key markets", adds Younes. 80% of the total signings in 2012 were in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, clearly signalling the group's focus on emerging markets. Asset & Contract Management continues to be another strategic priority for Rezidor and as a part of this ongoing effort, in October 2012, the group announced the exit from seven unprofitable lease agreements in France. These hotels will be operated by Rezidor under management agreements going forward. In January 2013, the group also announced the conversion of two lease agreements into franchise agreements for the Park Inn by Radisson Malmö and the Park Inn by Radisson Hammarby Sjöstad in Sweden. Together, the two asset management deals represent a positive effect of 0.5% on the group's EBITDA margin going forward. "These very important asset management transactions are supporting our Route 2015 goal to lift Rezidor's EBITDA margin by 6-8 percentage points by 2015. It is of fundamental importance to the group to further optimise our portfolio of leased hotels, secure more profitable income streams through our asset-light expansion, and reduce the leverage of the company", commented Wolfgang M. Neumann, President & CEO at Rezidor." For further information, kindly contact: Christiane Reiter, Senior Director Corporate Communication +32 2 702 9331, Renu Snehi, Senior Director Corporate Communication +32 2 702 9241, Ebba Vassallo, Director Investor Relations +32 2 702 9286, About the Rezidor Hotel Group The Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the fastest growing hotel companies worldwide and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world's ten largest hotel groups. Rezidor features a portfolio of more than 438 hotels in operation and under development with over 96,000 rooms in 71 countries. Rezidor operates the brands Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, along with the Club Carlson(SM) loyalty programme for frequent hotel guests. Under a worldwide licence agreement with the iconic Italian fashion house Missoni, Rezidor also operates and develops the luxury lifestyle brand Hotel Missoni. In September 2012, Rezidor signed a strategic alliance agreement with Regent Hotels & Resorts to develop and operate new Regent properties in Europe, the Middle East & Africa. Since November 2006, Rezidor is listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange (REZT). Carlson, a privately held, global hospitality and travel company, based in Minneapolis (USA), is the majority shareholder. The Corporate office of The Rezidor Hotel Group is based in Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit Press Release: This announcement is distributed by Thomson Reuters on behalf of Thomson Reuters clients. The owner of this announcement warrants that: (i) the releases contained herein are protected by copyright and other applicable laws; and (ii) they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein. Source: Rezidor Hotel Group via Thomson Reuters ONE [HUG#1670573]

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