Radisson Hotel Group

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Radisson Hotel Group is one of the largest hotel groups in the world. It has a growing portfolio of 1,440 hotels open or under contracted development, a global footprint in more than 115 countries and an expanding set of global brands: Radisson Collection, Radisson, Radisson Blu, Radisson RED, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson, prizeotel and Country Inns & Suites by Radisson.

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Radisson Hotel Group

The group was formed in 2012 when Carlson – a private American company founded by entrepreneur Curtis L. Carlson – joined forces with the hotel group Rezidor.


Carlson's roots date back to 1938, when Curtis L. Carlson founded the Gold Bond Stamp Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The family-run company grew and diversified over the next 80 years to become an international travel and hospitality corporation.

In 1962, Carlson bought into his first Radisson Hotel in Minneapolis, a vintage property named after French explorer Pierre-Esprit Radisson. In the 1990s, Radisson Hotel Asia (RHA) was set up in Singapore as the company's Asia Pacific headquarters. Radisson Blu Hotel Beijing and Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport, the first Radisson hotels in China and India respectively, opened in 1995 and 1998.

In 1994, SAS International Hotels (later Rezidor), based in Scandinavia, signed a master franchise agreement with Carlson to manage the Radisson brand in the EMEA, forming a partnership that would eventually evolve into the Radisson Blu brand.

Two years later, Carlson acquired the Regent Hotels & Resorts and extended into the luxury sector. Carlson's expansion continued in 2000 with the Park Plaza and Park Inn brands added to its growing portfolio.

In 2005, Carlson acquired a 25% ownership in The Rezidor Hotel Group, solidifying the company's commitment to global growth. In 2006, the brand was a key asset when the Rezidor Hotel group completed an initial public offering on the Stockholm Stock Exchange.

Two years later, Regent Hotels & Resorts were sold to the Formosa International Hotels Corporation, leaving Carlson free to focus on developing its own brands.


Rezidor was originally known as SAS International Hotels (SIH), an Oslo-based hotel subsidiary of SAS Airlines. Its creation brought an airline and a hotel group together for the first time in history.

SIH opened its first hotel in Denmark in 1960. Built to satisfy the needs of the new international traveler, the iconic Royal Copenhagen – created by Arne Jacobsen – was hailed as the world's first Design Hotel.

The company's Head Office moved to Brussels in 1989 and Kurt Ritter was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer. In 1997, SIH became the first hotel company to go asset-light, divesting real estate to focus on management. In 2002, SIH changed its name to Rezidor.


Just a few months after its creation, the Carlson Rezidor Hotel group was named Hotel Group of the Year at the 2012 Worldwide Hospitality Awards. The following year, Wolfgang M. Neumann took over as Rezidor's President.

Carlson Rezidor's Club Carlson loyalty program became the first reward scheme to commit in global carbon offsetting, and the group introduced two new global brands: Quorvus Collection and Radisson RED.

The world's first-ever Radisson RED hotel was launched in Brussels in 2016. RED’s inspirational #LiveBrussels launch campaign – a love letter to the beleaguered Belgian capital following the terror attacks of 2016 – scooped Best Communication Campaign at the Worldwide Hospitality Awards. 


In December 2016, HNA Tourism Group Co. based in China announces a mandatory public offer to acquire all shares of Rezidor.

In 2017, Rezidor confirmed its leadership position in Europe. Radisson Blu remained the largest upscale hotel brand, with 186 hotels and nearly 45,000 rooms in operation.

In May 2017, Federico J. González took over as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Rezidor while John M. Kidd became Chief Executive Officer and COO of Carlson Hotels. González was also appointed Chairman of the new Global Steering Committee, created to provide overall strategic direction to both Rezidor and Carlson.

A series of new initiatives, driven by the passion for service philosophy "Every Moment Matter" and an ambitious five-year plan define the company's future. In March 2018, Carlson Rezidor renamed the Radisson Hotel Group and repositioned all its brands.

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