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Radisson Hotels

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IndustryHospitality, Hotels, Tourism
Founded1909; 111 years ago (1909)
HeadquartersMinnetonka, Minnesota, U.S.
Key people
Federico J. González Tejera
  • Country Inn & Suites
  • Radisson
  • Radisson Blu
  • Radisson Collection
  • Radisson Red
  • Park Inn by Radisson
  • Park Plaza
  • Radisson Jass
ParentRadisson Hotel Group

Radisson Hotels is an international hotel chain headquartered in the United States. A division of the Radisson Hotel Group, it operates the brands Radisson Blu, Radisson Red, Radisson Collection, Country Inn & Suites, and Park Inn by Radisson among others.


The first Radisson hotel was built in 1909 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. It is named after the 17th-century French explorer, ranger and furrier Pierre-Esprit Radisson.[1] The hotel was purchased in 1962 by the Carlson Company. Carlson expanded the chain into one of the top hotel corporations by 2013. On top of Radisson, Carlson also owned several other brands, such as Park Inn, Park Plaza (acquired in 2000), and Country Inns & Suites (founded by Carlson in 1986).[2]



The majority of Radisson-branded hotels are located in the United States. The company's headquarters, as well as the headquarters of the owner, Radisson Hospitality, Inc., are located in Minnetonka, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis, 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.[3]

Radisson Blu[edit]

Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg Airport.

Radisson Blu is an international chain of upscale hotels. Its hotels are mainly located in major cities, key airport gateways and leisure destinations. Radisson Blu has roots dating back to the opening of the SAS Royal Hotel in Denmark in 1960 and was the world's first designer hotel.[4]:378-379 After several name changes, spin offs, and rebranding, the Radisson Blu brand name was established in 2009.[5]

Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotels is a line of luxury hotels in London and Manchester, owned by Edwardian Hotels and often operating in historic buildings:[6] Some of its hotels include the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Heathrow and the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Hampshire.

Radisson Red[edit]

Radisson Red is a chain of full service hotels operating in the United States and internationally. Radisson Red is an upscale hotel with emphasis on modern design and technology. As of 2019, the brand has twenty-three hotels either in operation or under development.[7][8]

Radisson Collection[edit]

Radisson Collection was formerly known as Quorvus Collection from 2014 to 2018.[9] Quorvus Collection was introduced in 2014 as a luxury brand. The first hotel of former Rezidor Hotel Group in Copenhagen, was converted to use Radisson Collection brand.[10]

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson[edit]

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson (formerly Country Inns & Suites) is a hotel chain which accommodates business and leisure travelers. Locations are mainly independently owned and operated, and franchised under licensing agreements with Radisson Hotels. The chain was established as Country Inn & Suites by former Carlson Hotels' owner, Carlson Companies in 1986 as a "middle-class" brand.[4] Carlson Companies also owned the namesake, Country Kitchen restaurant chain at that time.[4] In January 2018, two years after Carlson sold Carlson–Rezidor hotel group to HNA Group, the chain was rebranded into "Country Inn & Suites by Radisson".[11]

Park Inn by Radisson[edit]

Park Inn by Radisson is a midscale hotel group.[12] It is described as an "affordable hotel for business and leisure travelers."[13] According to US News & World Report, it offers "comfortable, contemporary accommodations and on-site restaurants."[14]

Radisson Rewards[edit]

Radisson Rewards is a loyalty program launched by Radisson Hotels in 1999.[15] It allows people to obtain and redeem points for things such as free nights at various Radisson Hotel properties.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Radisson About us". Radisson. Archived from the original on 2009-03-28. Retrieved 2009-02-22.
  2. ^ Webster, Craig (2016). "Hotel chains, globalisation, and politics". In Ivanova, Maya; Ivanov, Stanislav; Magnini, Vincent P. (eds.). The Routledge Handbook of Hotel Chain Management. Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group). ISBN 9781315752532.
  3. ^ Jack El-Hai, Lost Minnesota: Stories of Vanished Places (University of Minnesota Press, 2000) p48
  4. ^ a b c Cohen, M. L. (2010). Pederson, Jay P. (ed.). "Rezidor Hotel Group AB". International Directory of Company History. Farmington Hills, Michigan: St. James Press (Gale, Cengage Learning group). 118. ISBN 978-1-4144-4729-2.
  5. ^ "Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts In Europe, the Middle East and Africa to Change Their Name to Radisson Blu". Retrieved 2019-09-18.
  6. ^ Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotels
  7. ^ Karmin, Craig (February 18, 2014). "Radisson to Launch Hotel for Millennials". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on August 6, 2016.
  8. ^ Caswell, Mark (19 February 2020). "Radisson Red announces three new European properties". Business Traveller.
  9. ^ "RHG's new Radisson Collection to replace Quorvus Collection". ITP Digital Media. March 6, 2018. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  10. ^ O'Flaherty, Mark C. (March 27, 2018). "Return of a modernist masterpiece: the welcome revival of Copenhagen's Radisson Royal". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  11. ^ "Country Inns & Suites By Carlson Announces Name Change to Country Inn & Suites by Radisson" (Press release). Minneapolis: Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. January 17, 2018. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  12. ^ Chow, Jason (13 October 2011). "In China, Hotel Operators Pursue Middle Class". The Wall Street Journal.
  13. ^ "The Americas Business Development Brochure" (PDF). Park Inn by Radisson. 2013. Retrieved January 20, 2019 – via Radisson Blu website.
  14. ^ "Best Park Inn by Radisson Hotels". US News & World Report.
  15. ^ "Radisson Hotel Group and Panorama Group Announce End Of Joint Venture Partnership In Indonesia". Hospitality Net. 18 December 2018.
  16. ^ "Best Park Inn by Radisson Hotels". US News & World Report.

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