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Radisson® is modern, socially responsible and service driven. In simple terms, we are caring, sharing and daring—it’s our heart and core, and the definition of all we do. We offer forward-thinking and creative hotel options, and take pride in our understanding of today’s busy traveler. A brand of true hoteliers, we are committed to building meaningful, personal relationships, and have a passion for Yes I Can! SM hospitality. Service Culture.

Yes I Can! is the beating heart of Radisson. Every member of our staff has a passion for Yes I Can! hospitality—a passion for ensuring the total well being and satisfaction of each individual guest. A positive, smiling and professional team that is willing, capable and respectful, our people are committed to extra thoughtful and carefully delivered hospitality. Yes I Can! defines who we are, what we do and how we do it.

World of Radisson
The World of Radisson product and service concepts have made Radisson one of the world’s leading hotel brands. Passionate aboutservice, we have carefully considered every stage of the guest experience. From the first contact all the way through every individual element we offer our service concepts which are designed to deliver an exceptional experience for our guests. With services like 3-Hour Express Laundry, Grab & Run, Business Class, Express Checkout, and of course the brand’s 100% Guest Satisfaction Guarantee, Radisson works to enhance every guest touch point.

CWT Offers Innovative Virtual Payment Solution to Clients

AMSTERDAM | September 17, 2014

Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) today announced that it has added to its travel offering with the introduction of a virtual payment solution, powered by Conferma.

Part of CWT’s focus on delivering a seamless door-to-door integrated system for clients and their travelers at every step of their journey, the new virtual payment solution not only helps travelers without a company credit card, but also clients who want to settle their corporate travel centrally. Initially the solution will be used to pay for hotels and low cost carriers, and may also be offered for other content in the future. For clients and travel managers, this means automated reconciliation of charges for improved accuracy, greater visibility into total cost of travel, increased efficiency and better program compliance, while travelers benefit from a simplified expense management process and less reliance on their personal credit cards for business expenditure.

Nick Vournakis, senior vice president, Global Marketing, CWT, said, “Clients are looking to CWT to manage payments for all their travel, across all market segments, online and offline. This solution enables us to meet even more of their needs, and we look forward to implementing this innovative product with our clients.”

CWT’s virtual credit card solution works across all GDS platforms, and depending on which country a customer is based, can be offered via CWT’s or the client’s specific card provider.

“At Conferma, we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of innovation in universal payment technologies,” commented Simon Barker, CEO, Conferma. “CWT has embraced our innovation and customized it around their world-renowned and flexible corporate solutions. We are confident that Conferma’s technologies, combined with CWT’s global reach and customer service ethic, will set a new, industry-leading standard in payment and data solutions.”

About CWT
CWT is a global leader specialized in managing business travel and meetings and events. CWT serves companies, government institutions and non-governmental organizations of all sizes in more than 150 countries and territories. By leveraging both the expertise of its people and leading-edge technology, CWT helps clients derive the greatest value from their travel program in terms of savings, service, security and sustainability. The company is also committed to providing best-in-class service and assistance to travelers. In 2013, sales volume for wholly owned operations and joint ventures totaled US$26.9 billion. As part of its commitment to responsible business, CWT is a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact Ten Principles. For more information about CWT, please visit our global website atwww.carlsonwagonlit.com. Follow us on Twitter @CarlsonWagonlit.

About Conferma
Conferma is an expert in Virtual Card Number (VCN) technology for the settlement and reconciliation of corporate travel bookings. Conferma’s VCN technologies enhance operational efficiencies and drive cost savings, whilst providing tighter payment controls and offering detailed and accurate data on corporate travel expenditure. Conferma first launched its payment platform in 2004 and is privately owned.

For more information please visit www.conferma.com. Follow us on Twitter @Conferma .

Media Contacts
Carrie-Ann Cooper or Chloe Couchman
CWT Global
+ 44 (0)20 3353 1110/2497 (office) +44 (0)7785 458 884/ +44 (0) 07767 418834 (mobile) ccooper@carlsonwagonlit.co.uk /ccouchman@carlsonwagonlit.com

Nick Reid
Conferma
+44 (0)161 447 6132
nick.reid@conferma.com

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Appoints Brad Beakley as Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations

MINNEAPOLIS | September 3, 2014

CWT Announces New Senior Leader

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups, today appointed Brad Beakley as senior vice president of commercial operations. He will report directly to Suzanne Riesterer, chief commercial and financial officer, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.

“Brad is responsible for defining and implementing the commercial delivery strategy for our brands globally,” explained Riesterer. “As part of his responsibilities, Brad will lead Revenue Management, Distribution, Contact Center Services and Strategic Sourcing for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.”

Beakley most recently served as vice president of Pricing and Revenue Management Solutions at Sabre Corporation in Southlake, Texas, where he led marketing and solution management activities for pricing, revenue management, revenue integrity, group management and cargo system product offerings. Prior to this, he was vice president of Airline Solutions Delivery and Consulting for the firm. From 2003 to 2010, Beakley held several key leadership positions at US Airways, including vice president, Operations Control and Planning.

Beakley earned a bachelor of business administration degree at Abilene Christian University in Texas.

About Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups. The Carlson Rezidor portfolio includes more than 1,350 hotels in operation and under development with a footprint spanning over 105 countries and territories and a powerful set of global brands including Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Radisson Red, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM. In most hotels, guests can benefit from Club CarlsonSM, one of the most rewarding loyalty programs in the world. Carlson Rezidor and its brands employ 88,000 people.

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., and Brussels, Belgium.

www.carlsonrezidor.com

Media Contact:
Ben Gardeen, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group | +1 (763) 212-8129 | bgardeen@carlsonrezidor.com

10 Ideas to Create Meaningful Family Moments

Every moment together counts, so make the most of family time with these perfect ideas.                                                       By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

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Designate a Family “Holiday”

Surprise family members with “holidays” tailored to each personality. Just like birthdays and conventional holidays, pack these days with unique traditions (like a poem written in someone’s honor) and special foods. The celebrations can also be clever and unexpected ways to honor each person. When I was a kid, my mother posted a puzzling note on the fridge that said “5 Days until WAHD.” The countdown continued…4 days, then 3, then 2, then 1, and finally the surprise was revealed: It was “We Appreciate Holly Day!” The fun of anticipating the mystery and guessing what the letters stood for is something I’ll always remember and cherish. The day consisted of my favorite dinner, a fabulous cake, and a poster-size list of all the special things I accomplished at the time, like finishing homework, being kind to my younger sister, and making my bed without being asked.

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How To Save Money When Traveling

Planning An End-Of-Summer Getaway? Read This First And Save Money.

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When it comes to travel, a lot of us are guilty of a great many habits that cost us money in the long run. Maybe you splurge on snacks, beer and magazines while you’re killing time before your flight. Maybe you’re in the habit of booking last minute. Either way, all of those expenses have a way of adding up, and being diligent about your travel habits will ensure that you don’t break the bank every time you get on a plane. 

Double-check everything before you go

Make sure you haven’t forgotten any of your various chargers or toiletries before you leave the house. If you forget any of these items, you’re probably going to end up purchasing them for a hefty premium when you get to the airport. All that will be necessary to avoid this needless expense is a quick five-minute check before you leave, so don’t neglect the opportunity. Consider drawing up a list of things you need to remember — and don’t leave until you’ve packed everything on it. It will make your travel smoother, and save you some money at the same time.

http://www.askmen.com/video/top-10/save-when-traveling-double-check-8.html

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10 pieces of gear that’ll take your tailgate to the next level

Chris Weiss  August 24, 2014
 
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In just a few days, the largest stadiums in the United States will open their gates to hundreds of thousands of screaming, painted, near-certifiable college football fans. If you’re going to be one of those fans, make sure that you and your friends are properly fed, entertained and buzzed before the game starts. Ditch the old, tattered tailgate gear you bought at Kmart in a decade gone by and upgrade your parking lot pregame with the latest, smartest tailgating gear.

Out: The moldy cooler in your garage
In: The multifunctional Coolest

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