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MINNEAPOLIS-Locally based Carlson Hotels Worldwide, the parent of Radisson Hotels & Resorts, has bought full ownership of Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino from its partner, Dutchco, a company owned by the Aruban government.

The partners had recently completed a two-year, $55-million rehab effort to transform the property into a four-star casino resort. As part of the renovation, Colonial West Indian furnishings and other Caribbean touches were added to the property.

The investment in the resort is part of Radisson’s growth strategy in the Americas, says Jay Witzel, president and chief executive officer of Carlson Hotels Worldwide. Radisson is looking to make investments in other full-service hotels and resorts in the top 25 or so Caribbean markets.

The deal brings Carlson’s total investment in the Aruba property to $75 million over the past five years. Radisson Aruba has 358 guest rooms, a 16,000-sf casino, more than 15,000 sf of meeting space and other amenities, including four restaurants and a fitness center.

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