Q&A with Radisson Hotel Group executive Catherine Higgins Whiteside

Q&A with Radisson Hotel Group executive Catherine Higgins Whiteside

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With Country Inn & Suites by Radisson now designated as the “Official Hotel” of US Club Soccer and Radisson Rewards as its “Official Hotel Loyalty Program,” US Club Soccer members will be able to reap various benefits.

“With all the comforts of home, Country Inn & Suites by Radisson is the perfect location for families who are traveling for sports activities. That’s why we are thrilled to become US Club Soccer’s official hotel provider,” said Catherine Higgins Whiteside, Vice President of Marketing, Americas, Radisson Hotel Group. “We look forward to being a heartfelt host to US Club’s large member base, whether they are heading to a tournament, getting away for Spring Break, or traveling for any other reason.”

Higgins Whiteside also took the time to answer a few questions to provide some more insight into the US Club Soccer and Country Inn & Suites partnership.

Question: What is the mission of Country Inn & Suites, and how do you see that aligning with US Club Soccer’s focus on providing the best youth soccer experience for parents and players?
Catherine Higgins Whiteside: Country Inn & Suites by Radisson aims to be a heartfelt host and always make our guests feel at home by providing them with comforts and amenities like our Read It & Return Lending Library, free hot breakfast on real dining ware and – many kids’ favorite – our swimming pools. When soccer takes your family on the road, we, too, want to provide the best experience.

Q: What is Radisson Hotel Group, and specifically Country Inn & Suites, looking to achieve by entering the U.S. youth soccer landscape?
CHW: We see lots of sports teams in our hotels across the country each year and know how often US Club Soccer travels. We wanted to form the partnership to give each of you a “home” at any of our Radisson Hotel Group locations, regardless of what takes you on the road.

Q: What types of benefits will US Club Soccer coaches, parents and members receive from the partnership?
CHW: First and foremost, we are extending our very best rates and deals to the US Club Soccer family through our partnership. Whether travel is booked for US Club Soccer-run events, or for another occasion, we’ll put our best foot forward. If you’re booking travel for US Club Soccer-run events, be sure to follow normal protocol through THS to get the best rates. If you’re looking to travel outside of US Club Soccer events, be sure to use countryinn.com/usclubsoccer for all the best deals. You’ll want to join our Radisson Rewards program to earn points on eligible stays and redeem them for hotel stays and more!

Q: How many Country Inn & Suites are located throughout the continental U.S., and are there plans to increase that number?
CHW: We currently have more than 450 Country Inn & Suites by Radisson locations in the continental U.S. and are continuing to build and open new locations.

Q: In addition to Country Inn & Suites, will US Club Soccer coaches and parents be able to receive benefits at other hotels under the Radisson Hotel Group?
CHW: Absolutely! You are free to book hotels in any Radisson Hotel Group brand and will still receive the best rates. You can even book them from the same landing page on our countryinn.com site, where there is an option to search all brands.

Q: Are these benefits exclusive only at participating hotels associated with US Club Soccer events or are they available at any time?
CHW: We will always give you access to the best rates and deals. It is worth noting that the booking process will be slightly different for US Club Soccer events than it is for a business or family trip. US Club Soccer event housing is booked through THS, while your own travel can be booked through countryinn.com/usclubsoccer.

Q: Are all US Club Soccer members eligible to join Radisson Rewards?
CHW: We welcome all US Club Soccer members, coaches, and staff to join Radisson Rewards! You will find the link to join at countryinn.com/usclubsoccer.

Q: What are the benefits of joining Radisson Rewards?
CHW: The benefits of joining Radisson Rewards include up to 10% more off your stays, ability to earn points for hotel stays (and redeem for hotel stays and many more items, like gift cards), discounts on food & drink, and more. For a full list of benefits, visit radissonrewards.com/memberbenefits.

ABOUT COUNTRY INN & SUITES BY RADISSON:

Country Inn & Suites® by Radisson is an upper midscale hotel brand inspired by a sense of belonging, community and shared experiences. Country Inn & Suites by Radisson delivers modern country warmth through inviting design, products and services, so that all guests feel like they are welcome and that they matter. Signature brand amenities include free Wi-Fi, complimentary hot breakfast, fitness centers and the Read It & Return Lending Library®. Guests and professional partners can enhance their experience with Country Inn & Suites by Radisson by participating in Radisson Rewards™, a global loyalty program offering exceptional benefits and rewards.

Country Inn & Suites® by Radisson is a part of Radisson Hotel Group™, which also includes Radisson Collection™, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Radisson RED®, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson and prizeotel.

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ABOUT RADISSON REWARDS:

Radisson Rewards™ (formerly Club Carlson SM), is the Radisson Hotel Group’s global rewards program that offers great benefits to guests at any of our more than 1,100 hotels in operation worldwide. Members enjoy Members Only Rates, have access to exclusive benefits, and earn towards free nights across the Radisson Hotel Group™ portfolio of hotels: Radisson Collection™, Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Radisson RED®, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inn & Suites® by Radisson. As part of Radisson Rewards™ for Business, our professional partners including meeting and event planners, travel agents, and executive assistants, can earn valuable points towards rewards for bookings at all Radisson Hotel Group brands. For more information, visit www.radissonhotels.com/rewards.

ABOUT US CLUB SOCCER:

A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer fosters the growth and development of soccer clubs in order to create the best possible environment for players of all ages.

Anchored by Players First and its five pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety, US Club Soccer offers registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms, player identification and a variety of other programming, resources and services.

US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and supported by LaLiga through a technical partnership.

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