Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel

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Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel
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Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel is located in Riga
Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel
Location within Riga
General information
Location Riga, Latvia
Address 24, Kuģu Street; Riga, LV-1048
Coordinates 56°56′38.17″N 24°5′39.25″E / 56.9439361°N 24.0942361°E / 56.9439361; 24.0942361Coordinates: 56°56′38.17″N 24°5′39.25″E / 56.9439361°N 24.0942361°E / 56.9439361; 24.0942361
Opening July 1995[1]
Owner Radisson Hotels
Technical details
Floor count 9
Other information
Number of rooms 356
Number of restaurants 3
Parking Parking for up to 100 private vehicles and 5 buses
Website
radissonblu.com/hotel-riga

Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel is a 4+ star hotel in Riga, Latvia,[1] and was the first hotel in the Baltic states to be managed by an international hotel brand after Latvia regained independence in 1991.[2]

History[3][edit]

  • 1 July 1995 - Soft Opening of the hotel.[4]
  • 1 October 1995 - Official Opening of the hotel with 361 guest-room, 10 conference rooms and Food & Beverage facilities available. The first General Manager of the hotel was Kurt Ritter.
  • 9 March 1996 – Grand Opening party.
  • July 1996 – opening of Regency Palace Casino.
  • 2 September 1996 – introduction of airline check-in service for SAS and AirBaltic flights.
  • March 1997 – Radisson President’s Award winner.
  • 1 January 1997 – Business Class concept introduced.
  • September – becomes the pilot hotel of “Reserved for You” program.
  • 1 October 1998 – introduction of 100% Guest Satisfaction Guarantee across the chain.[5]
  • 1998 – Radisson President’s Award winner.
  • 19 January 2000 – launch of a new Rezidor logo and company name, “Hotels Worldwide” being replaced with “Hotels & Resorts”.
  • February 2000 – the name “Radisson SAS Daugava Hotel Riga” is shortened and changed to “Radisson SAS Daugava Hotel”.
  • 9 March 2001 – opening of Baltic Meeting & Training Center – 3 additional conference rooms.
  • 9 March 2001 – official opening of restaurant “Talavera”, which replaces “Grill Room”.[6]
  • 1 November 2001 – opening of “Vienna Café”.
  • September 2002 – leasing contract signed with ‘’Olympic Casinos”.[7]
  • April 2003 – opening of the Las Vegas style casino.
  • 2006 – launch of a new Rezidor logo and company name, “Hotels & Resorts” being replaced with “The Rezidor Hotel Group”.
  • 2007 - Latvia’s Leading Business Hotel award.[8]
  • October 2009 – change of logo: Radisson SAS has changed to Radisson Blu.[9]
  • February 2010 – “Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel” has been awarded the international environmental eco-certification Green Key.[10]
  • 2014 – Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel receives hotel.info top rated hotel award and booking.com award of excellence.
  • February 2016 – the hotel has been awarded the internationally recognized Safehotels security certificate.[11]

Events[edit]

Radisson Blu Daugava with its vast Conference Center, which consists of 10 conference rooms of various size and type, has held countless events of local and international significance.

  • The European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (CESI) symposium (June 2010) – annual symposium on the issue of the mobility of health workers in the European Union was represented by 24 CESI affiliates and 16 EU countries. The primary goal of the symposium was to find some new ways to strike a better balance between respect for the workforce in the healthcare sector and consideration for patient needs.[12]
  • The international training workshop on capacity building in environment and health by World Health Organization (March 2012). A total of 70 representatives of the environment and the health sector from the eight Member States participated in the training. Participants were provided with new insights on environmental health through key lectures on hot topics and in-depth training on health in environmental impact assessment, health in strategic environmental assessment or quantitative methods.[13]
  • Balttour Forum (2012; 2013; 2015) is an introductory event of the Baltics’s major travel trade fair Balttour. Balttour Forum is a unique event in the Baltics tourism industry.[14]
  • Federation Internationale Feline (FIFe) – a leading international cat fancier society – general assembly (May 2014).
  • European Sulphuric Acid Association general assembly (June 2014) - comprising all the members, is the supreme body of ESA.
  • INNOWEEK 2015 (June 2015) – brought together high level policy-makers, financial intermediaries and representatives of the research, innovation and business communities. The primary goal of the conference was to discuss the European Union’s investment policies and its support for business development and innovation to further improve the standard of living in Europe.[15]
  • International Association of Auto Theft (IAATI) seminar (October 2015). The purpose of the seminar was to keep the participants up-to-date on the latest developments in the field of international vehicle crime and to discuss the most effective ways of combating this type of criminal activity.[16]
  • Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union took place from January to June 2015. During this event, Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel was the hotel of the first choice for the delegates arriving to Riga. In total, the hotel had successfully served 75 delegations, including 17 delegations attending EU Summit headed by 5 Presidents and 8 Prime Ministers.

Team[edit]

From current 137 employees, 21 employees has worked in the hotel since the opening in 1995. Additionally, ten employees are working for more than 15 years and 16 – for more than a decade. Only approximately 50% of employees are working in Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel for less than five years.[citation needed]

Prominent Guests[edit]

Presidents and Country Leaders[edit]

Celebrities[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Thomas Anders (2006), Tarkan (2007), Paul Van Dyk (2008), Gary Moore (2008), Toto Cutugno (2008), Dr. Alban (2008), “Lady Gaga” crew, “ZZ Top”, “Modern Talking”, “Scorpions”, “Status Quo”, “Depeche Mode”, “Whitesnake”, “Bad Boys Blue”, “Deep Purple”, “The Kelly Family”, Seal, Montserrat Caballe, Demis Roussos, Jennifer Rush, Julio Iglesias, John Scatman, Alla Pugacheva, Vanessa-Mae, Richard Clayderman, Bryan Adams, Chris de Burgh, Patricia Kaas, Joe Cocker, Candy Dulfer, Passenger (singer) and many more.[citation needed]

Cinematography Celebrities[edit]

Pierre Richard, Klaus-Maria Brandauer, Gina Lollobrigida, Sir Tom Stoppard, Nikita Mikhalkov.

Fashion Designer[edit]

Pierre Cardin

Football Teams[edit]

Culture[edit]

  • In August 2015, the hotel became a film shooting area for the Latvian / Japanese movie “Magic Kimono” with Japanese actors Kaori Momoi and Issey Ogata.
  • In the hotel's possession are two works of the Latvian contemporary artist Miervaldis Polis: paintings "LEONARDO DA VINCI GIOCONDA" and "REMBRANDT". In May 2016, these two artworks were given to the Latvian National Museum of Art for display at the Miervaldis Polis exhibition "Illusion as the Reality" in honour the official opening of the main building of the museum.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Riga Hotels. Radisson SAS Daugava Hotel". riga-hotels.net. Retrieved 2010-11-07. 
  2. ^ "Radisson: Hotel with a view". bestriga.com. 2009-03-12. Retrieved 2010-11-07. 
  3. ^ "Radisson SAS Daugava Hotel Riga". www.cosmopolis.ch. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  4. ^ "SAS Annual Report 1995" (PDF). 
  5. ^ "The Rezidor Hotel Group - Yes I Can!". rezidor.com. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  6. ^ "Restaurant Talavera". www.cosmopolis.ch. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  7. ^ "Company". www.olympic-casino.lv. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  8. ^ "The Rezidor Hotel Group's Awards & Achievements 2010" (PDF). 
  9. ^ "Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group | History". carlsonrezidor.com. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  10. ^ "The Rezidor Hotel Group's Responsible Business related Certifications and Awards" (PDF). 
  11. ^ "Congratulations - All Radisson Blu Hotels in Riga achieve Safehotels Certification! - Safehotels". Safehotels. 2016-02-25. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  12. ^ "CESI EUROPE ACADEMY - RIGA 16/18 JUNE 2010". www.cesi.org. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  13. ^ "Report of the international training workshop on CBEH" (PDF). 
  14. ^ "Balttour 2016". www.balttour.lv. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  15. ^ "Innoweek 2015, 15-17 June 2015, Riga". European Crowdfunding Network. 2015-04-05. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  16. ^ "IAATI Seminar Riga, Latvia 21.October". spotidoc.com. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 

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