Country Inns & Suites
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Country Inns & Suites by Carlson (CI&S) is a hotel brand owned by the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, which accommodates both business and leisure travelers. CI&S hotels are mainly independently owned and operated, and franchised under licensing agreements with the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.
The brand currently[when?] operates 480 hotels throughout the world and has over 30 properties contracted and under development, and intended to add 150 hotels primarily in the U.S., Canada, India, and Mexico by 2015.
CI&S opened its first hotel in Burnsville, Minnesota in 1987. The first one was opened next to a kitchen named Country Kitchen (1964–present), which spun off into its own company, CI&S.
On August 25, 1989, its headquarters was in Chanhassen, Minnesota, next to Country Kitchen, as a domestic restaurant.
In 1991 in Japan, its Japan headquarters is called Country Suites Japan of Tokyo.
Between 1995 and 2006 Country Kitchen shut down when it became Country Restaurant in 2006.
The portfolio of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group includes more than 1,300 hotels in 81 countries and territories, under brands Radisson Blu, Radisson, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson, Country Inns & Suites by Carlson, and Hotel Missoni. The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and its brands employ more than 80,000 people.