Corporate - Our Company

A group with a rich history

Having a track record like ours has taught us a lot about the hotel industry. Our name may have changed over the years, but our spirit has not.

More than 75 years of hospitality experience

With that experience, we have grown to become one of the largest and most dynamic hotel groups in the industry with a powerful set of brands that deliver world class hospitality and excellent service.

Our history summarized in a timeline

At Radisson Hotel Group we never stop searching for new ways to serve our guests, provide opportunities for our owners and business partners and become leaders. Our company, that began in Copenhagen, Denmark with the launch of the world’s first designer hotel, has grown to span the world and continues to offer new locations every year. Let's look back and get to know our history a little better.

1960-2010

1960 

First SAS hotels opened in Copenhagen, the current Radisson Collection Royal Hotel, Copenhagen 

1962 

Group name changed to Carlson and acquired Minneapolis Radisson Hotels 

1986 

Carlson Hotels and SAS International Hotels signed a partnership to bring the Radisson brand to Europe 

1987 

Carlson Hotels launched the Country Inns & Suites by Carlson brand 

1989 

Headquarters moved to Brussels 

1994 

SAS International Hotels signed a franchise agreement with Carlson Hotels to manage the Radisson brand in EMEA, which would later become Radisson Blu 

1999

Carlson Hotels launched the guest loyalty program now known as Radisson Rewards 

2002 

SAS International Hotels became The Rezidor Hotel Group and acquired franchise rights to Regent Hotels & Resorts, Park Inn and Country Inns & Suites By Carlson 

2006 

The Rezidor Hotel Group completed an initial public offering on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. Carlson purchased additional shares, increasing its ownership to 35% 

2009 

Radisson SAS brand name was updated to Radisson Blu 

2010 

Radisson Blu became the largest Upscale Hotel Brand in Europe, per MKG 

Park Inn becomes Park Inn by Radisson 

Rezidor named one of the Most Ethical Companies of the World by Ethisphere Institute

2010-2020

2012 

Carlson increased its ownership in The Rezidor Hotel Group to 51%, and the two joined forces in a strategic partnership and went to market as Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group 

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group was named Hotel Group of the Year at Worldwide Hospitality Awards 2012 

2014 

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group announced a new brand in the upscale lifestyle select segment, Radisson RED 

2016 

HNA Tourism Group acquired Carlson Hotels, Inc. 

The Rezidor Hotel Group entered the economy segment with a 49% stake in prizeotel 

2017

Federico J. González became Rezidor’s President & CEO and Chairman of the Global Steering Committee 

HNA Tourism Group Co., Ltd. announced a mandatory public offer to acquire all shares in Rezidor 

2018 

Country Inns & Suites by Carlson became Country Inn & Suites by Radisson

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group became the Radisson Hotel Group, a new global brand architecture, introducing Radisson in EMEA and launching the Radisson Collection brand

Radisson Hotel Group rebranded Club Carlson loyalty program to Radisson Rewards Rezidor Hotel Group AB (publ) renamed to Radisson Hospitality AB (publ) on 7 May 2018. 

2019 

A consortium led by Jin Jiang International Holdings Co. Ltd. completed the acquisition of the shares in Radisson Hospitality AB 

Radisson Hotel Group began the roll-out of its new global Responsible Business training program 

Radisson Hotel Group entered the future of digital hospitality with the launch of its new multi-brand platform: RadissonHotels.com 

The first co-branded hotel of Jin Jiang International and Radisson Hotel Group was launched, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Frankfurt

Radisson Hospitality AB completed the acquisition of prizeotel 

Radisson Hospitality AB’s application for de-listing from Nasdaq Stockholm was approved 

2020 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Radisson Hotel Group announced its Radisson Safety Protocol, a global commitment to cleanliness and hygiene in partnership with SGS 

Radisson Hotel Group launched a new brand: Radisson Individuals 

Radisson Hotel Group strengthened its extended stay value proposition and ambitiously grows its serviced apartments portfolio across EMEA

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