Radisson Hotels

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Radisson Hotels
Industry Hospitality, Hotels, Tourism
Founded 1909
Headquarters Minnetonka, Minnesota, U.S.
Key people
Trudy Rautio, President and Chief Executive Officer, Carlson, Thorsten Kirschke, President, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Americas
Parent Carlson
Website radisson.com

Radisson Hotels is an international hotel company with more than 420 locations in 73 countries. The first Radisson Hotel was built in 1909 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, US. It is named after the 17th-century French explorer Pierre-Esprit Radisson.[1] The hotel was purchased in 1962 by Curt Carlson (1914–1999) and is still owned by the Carlson estate.

In the United States[edit]

The Radisson Hotel in Lubbock, Texas

The majority of Radisson-branded hotels are located in the United States. The company's headquarters, as well as the headquarters of the parent organization, Carlson, are located in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota, the city where the first Radisson Hotel was built. The original Radisson Hotel, founded by heiress Edna Dickerson, was opened on December 15, 1909 at 41 South Seventh Street in Minneapolis.[2]

Around the world[edit]

There are 420 locations in 73 countries.

Radisson Blu[edit]

Main article: Radisson Blu

Radisson Blu is the brand name for Radisson hotels outside the United States, including those in Europe, Africa and Asia. These are operated by Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, of which Carlson is the main stakeholder. Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) was previously a major shareholder in Rezidor Hotel Group and licensed its brand for Radisson SAS hotels. Following the withdrawal of SAS from the partnership, the name was replaced by Radisson Blu,[3] although the new brand is being introduced gradually across the portfolio.[4] The SAS Group announced the withdrawal of SAS on February 4, 2009.

Radisson Blu operates 158 hotels, with 42 projects in development.[5]SAS previously did not exist within the borders of the United States. The first Radisson Blu in the United States opened in downtown Chicago in Aqua, a skyscraper, in November 2011. The second one opened in March 2013 in Bloomington, Minnesota and is connected to the Mall of America.[6] A new division called Radisson red is scheduled to open in 2015.[7]

Blu Edwardian Hotels[edit]

Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotels is a luxury line of 75 hotels in central London, Manchester, Heathrow and Guildford often operating in historic buildings.

  • Leicester Square, London
  • Mayfair, London
  • Covent Garden, London
  • Canary Wharf, London
  • South Kensington, London
  • Marble Arch, London
  • Oxford Street, London
  • Grafton, London
  • Bloomsbury Street, London
  • Free Trade Hall, Manchester
  • Heathrow Airport
  • Guildford, Surrey
  • Sussex
  • Berkshire

Park Inn[edit]

Park Inn by Radisson in Markham, Ontario, Canada

Park Inn by Radisson is a midscale group of hotels that has 127 locations worldwide. Their strategy includes expansion into North America and key emerging economies like Brazil, Russia, India and China.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Radisson About us". Radisson. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  2. ^ Jack El-Hai, Lost Minnesota: Stories of Vanished Places (University of Minnesota Press, 2000) p48
  3. ^ "Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts to change their name to Radisson Blu". Rezidor. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  4. ^ "Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts". Rezidor. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  5. ^ http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304899704579390852044118462
  6. ^ "Radisson Blu to Open First Hotel in the U.S. in Chicago". Hotel Chatter. Retrieved 2011-06-29. 
  7. ^ http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304899704579390852044118462
  8. ^ http://www.carlson.com/hotels/park-inn.do Park Inn by Radisson is bright, bold, fresh, uncomplicated, friendly and fun

External links[edit]

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