|Industry||Hospitality, Hotels, Tourism|
|Headquarters||Minnetonka, Minnesota, U.S.|
|Key people||Trudy Rautio, President and Chief Executive Officer, Carlson, Thorsten Kirschke, President, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Americas|
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. The hotel was purchased in 1962 by Curt Carlson (1914–1999) and is still owned by the Carlson estate.
In the United States
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.
Around the world
There are 420 locations in 73 countries.
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 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 Following the withdrawal of SAS from the partnership, the name has been replaced by Radisson Blu, although the new brand is being introduced gradually across the portfolio.
The SAS Group, former owner of Rezidor, announced the withdrawal of SAS on February 4, 2009.
Radisson Blu operates 158 hotels, with 42 projects in development.
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.
Blu Edwardian Hotels
Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotels is a luxury line of 14 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
- SAS Group
- Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
- Tour du Crédit Lyonnais, a tall skyscraper partly occupied by Radisson
- Meridian Gate, Cardiff, a skyscraper owned and occupied by Radisson
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