Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

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Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Strategic partnership between private company (Carlson) and public company (Rezdior)
Traded as OMXREZT
Industry Hospitality
Founded 1938 (Carlson)
1960 (Rezidor)
Headquarters Minnetonka, Minnesota, U.S., and Brussels, Belgium
Key people
Trudy Rautio (CEO Carlson), Wolfgang M. Neumann (CEO Carlson Rezidor)
Services Hotel management
Number of employees
Footnotes / references
Annual Report The Rezidor Hotel Group 2011, Interim Reports The Rezidor Hotel Group 2013 (Q1-3), Websites

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is an international hotel company,[1] with headquarters in Minneapolis and Brussels, Belgium.[2] The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group includes more than 1,300 hotels in operation and under development in over 100 countries, employing over 88,000 staff. The hotel brands include Radisson Hotels, Radisson Blu, Country Inns & Suites, Park Inns, Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Missoni and newly announced brands Radisson Red and the Quorvus Collection.[3]

The group has its roots in a partnership between Carlson Companies and Scandinavian-based Rezidor.

In most of the group’s hotels, guests can benefit from the loyalty program Club CarlsonSM.


The group has more than 1,439 hotels in operation and under development in 100 countries and territories. It is the world's tenth largest hotel group.


In 1938, Curtis L. Carlson founded the Gold Bond Stamp Company in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Over the next 75 years, Gold Bond grew into an international travel and hospitality magnate, operating thousands of hotels, hundreds of restaurants, and the world's leading business travel management company.

Rezidor was originally the hotel section of SAS Airlines, Rezidor opened the first hotel 1960 in Denmark, the Royal Copenhagen, designed by Arne Jacobsen. The group developed from a regional player in Scandinavia to an international company. In 1980, Radisson SAS opened in Kuwait, the first to open outside of Scandinavia. In 1994, Rezidor signed the first Master Franchise Agreement with Carlson for operation and development of the Radisson brand in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In 2002, the second Master Franchise Agreement followed for the Park Inn, Country Inn and Regent brands in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. When SAS sold the hotel business in 2006 and Rezidor went public (listed at Stockholm Stock Exchange), Carlson became the largest shareholder and is today the majority shareholder.

Carlson and Rezidor launched their strategic partnership in January 2012. Together, they target more than MUS$400 incremental revenue and a RevPAR index increase of more than 9 points by 2015. Focus areas of their global cooperation are Revenue Generation activities and alignment of their core brands Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson.