Radisson Hotels is one of the leading, full-service global hotel companies with more than 420 locations in 73 countries. The first Radisson Hotel was built in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1909, and was named after the 17th century French explorer Pierre-Esprit Radisson. The hotel was purchased by Curt Carlson (1914–1999) in 1962, and is still owned by his company, Carlson. 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 company, Carlson, are located in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota, the city where the first Radisson Hotel was built. Radisson Blu, formerly Radisson SAS, is the brand name for Radisson hotels outside the United States, including those in Europe, Africa, and Asia. These are operated by Belgian hotel firm Rezidor Hotel Group under a master franchise contract with Carlson. Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) was previously a major shareholder in Rezidor Hotel Group and licensed it 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 Following the withdrawal of SAS from the partnership, the name has been replaced by Radisson Blu, although the new brand is being introduced gradually across the portfolio. Radisson Blu operates 158 hotels, with 42 projects in development. Radisson Edwardian is the brand name for a group of hotels in the United Kingdom, described to be 'in the heart of London, Heathrow and Manchester'. The group operates thirteen hotels.
The history of Radisson® dates back to 1909 when the first Radisson hotel, named after famous French explorer Pierre Radisson, opened in Minneapolis, MN. In 1962 the Radisson was acquired by Curt Carlson, a Minneapolis businessman and entrepreneur. Carlson had rocketed to national prominence in the 1940s and 50s with his successful Gold Bond Stamp Company, which pioneered the concept of customer loyalty programs.Over the brand’s rich legacy, they’ve launched many firsts including the first American...
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