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Radisson Hotel Group releases 2020 Responsible Business Report reaffirming the Group’s commitment to People, Community and Planet, and celebrates its win as number 1 employer in Diversity & Inclusion in the Tourism & Hospitality Industry

10 May 2021

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Radisson Hotel Group releases 2020 Responsible Business Report reaffirming the Group’s commitment to People, Community and Planet, and celebrates its win as number 1 employer in Diversity & Inclusion in the Tourism & Hospitality Industry

Radisson Hotel Group’s 2020 Responsible Business Report highlights the Group’s latest corporate responsibility targets as outlined in its strategic five-year plan, including the reduction of the company’s carbon and water footprint by 30% by 2025, aligning with science-based emissions reduction targets, removing single use plastics, and continuing to drive best practices in water stewardship and responsible consumption behaviors in line with the three pillars of Think People, Think Community and Think Planet. THINK PEOPLE – One of Radisson Hotel Group’s key priorities in 2020 was the Health, Safety and Security of team members, guests, and business partners. As part of the Group’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Radisson Hotel Group swiftly launched the Radisson Hotels Safety Protocol across all hotels with 100% of the portfolio having completed the third-party validation by SGS, as well as an additional 234 hotels which continue to be certified by Safehotels. In addition, the Group confirmed its ongoing focus on human rights, business ethics, and diversity in hotels worldwide with various initiatives and an update of its Modern Slavery Statement. THINK COMMUNITY - Throughout the past year, Radisson Hotel Group’s team members have continued to support their communities by volunteering over 20,500 hours providing accommodation to health workers, meals to frontline workers and to those in need, and donating face masks amongst many other actions. In total, the Group’s hotels and corporate offices raised more than €300,000 in cash and in-kind for charitable organizations who provide food, shelter and a brighter future for at-risk children and youth. Guest engagement actions like the hotels’ towel re-use program continued throughout 2020 and generated donations to Just A Drop to provide safe drinking water for life to over 28,000 people to date. THINK PLANET – At the start of 2020, Radisson Hotel Group counted close to 450 hotels certified with eco-labels. The Group finished the year with a 25% absolute water reduction versus 2019, as well as a 27% reduction of carbon emissions per square meter influenced by temporary hotel closures and reduced occupancy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Radisson Meetings continue to be leaders in the industry being 100% being carbon neutral, and offsetting 30,300 tons of carbon since 2019. “Radisson Hotel Group remains committed to being a responsible business in hotel operations, communities, and our supply chain with the aim of achieving the lowest possible carbon, water and waste footprints. In 2020, we continued making progress and reporting on our corporate responsibility commitments in line with the UN SDGs across our operations and hotels, and we are committed to set science-based emission targets aligned with the COP21 Paris Agreement,” says Inge Huijbrechts, Global Senior Vice President Sustainability, Security and Corporate Communications. Despite the challenges of 2020, Radisson Hotel Group has continued to receive several accolades including the repeated recognition as an EcoVadis silver level sustainable supplier, the MENA Green Buildings award for best retrofit for the Group’s first hotel in UAE, the Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek, and Radisson Hotel Group’s recent milestone achievement as Germany’s number 1 Diversity & Inclusion employer in the Tourism & Hospitality Industry (issued by stern magazine, May 2021). Radisson Hotel Group is acting now for the future, and is working together with the wider travel and hospitality industry to advance Responsible Hospitality. As a leading member of the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, Radisson Hotel Group embraces and helps drive climate action, water stewardship and responsible consumption, and the development of youth employment and human rights projects. To read the full 2020 Responsible Business Report, please click here. Watch the highlights of this announcement here.

Eric De Neef wins GDS Group’s  “Integrity Award” and “Gold Award” 2021

7 May 2021


Eric De Neef wins GDS Group’s “Integrity Award” and “Gold Award” 2021

Eric De Neef, Global Chief Commercial & Branding Officer at Radisson Hotel Group, wins two Leadership Excellence Awards - GDS Group’s “Integrity Award” and “Gold Award” 2021 for European Sales Leaders, and Claudia Ivanova Fotev, Area Director RevOps Nordics, is awarded the “Impact Award” making Radisson Hotel Group the prominent winners at this year’s awards.Eric De Neef received both Leadership Excellence Awards at this year’s GDS’ RevGen Digital Summit, a cross-industry online event for European sales leaders. The panel of judges recognized Radisson Hotel Group’s commitment to integrity, sustainability and responsibility during a difficult year for the hotel industry, as well as Eric De Neef’s overall commercial leadership to help navigate the company through the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to further driving business evolution and transformation.“The awards recognize outstanding C-Suite executives in sales and revenue generation roles who can demonstrate exemplary leadership through real-world achievements in their field. Eric De Neef has been selected for the top prize due to his ongoing commitment to sustainability in spite of the current challenging period for the hospitality sector”, commented the GDS jury.“I’m honored and proud to have been selected for these two prominent awards. 2020 was an unprecedented year for the world of hospitality and it has been more important than ever to stay close to our customers, to help the communities we are present in, and to prepare our business for a “new normal”. This was a task we never experienced before, and it would have been impossible to master this without the support of Radisson Hotel Group’s shareholders, the entire executive management, and our teams. A heartfelt thanks to all of them, and to the GDS’ judges for their recognition”, said Eric De Neef.Claudia Ivanova Fotev, Radisson Hotel Group’s Area Director RevOps Nordics, received GDS’ “Impact Award” in recognition of her successful efforts to improve the company’s market position and to adapt her team management during the current crisis.GDS Group is a global events, research and technology services company dedicated to helping clients meet the challenges posed by a fast-moving, disruptive business environment. The group’s cross-industry B2B summits and events bring purchaser and provider communities together to find solutions to real-world business challenges. The panel of judges of GDS’ leadership excellence awards 2021 featured a dynamic team of industry specialists and experts, among them business founders, CEOs and further top executives. 

Radisson Blu celebrates a decade as the largest upper upscale brand in Europe while the group confirms 16 new signings in EMEA in Q1

6 May 2021

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Radisson Blu celebrates a decade as the largest upper upscale brand in Europe while the group confirms 16 new signings in EMEA in Q1

Radisson Hotel Group celebrates Radisson Blu’s reconfirmed position as the largest upper upscale brand in Europe for the past decade and continues its successful portfolio growth in EMEA with over 2,000 rooms and 16 signings added to the Group’s portfolio in Q1.In a year of historic challenges, Radisson Hotel Group has remained actively committed to its five-year development plan to be recognized as one of the top hotel brands in the world and the brand of choice for owners, guests, and talent and has continued building on its strong momentum of new openings and signings in 2020 with the addition 16 properties and over 2,000 rooms to its EMEA portfolio in Q1 2021.The new signings mark key milestone announcements including:Successful growth of our newest brand Radisson Individuals with 6 new signings in Austria, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Africa.Addition of Albania’s first Radisson Collection property, Radisson Collection Morina Hotel, TiranaThree new Radisson Blu hotels in Turkey, Albania and Zambia, the latter with the landmark Radisson Blu Resort Mosi-oa-Tunya Livingstone, Zambia close to the Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site Two Radisson RED hotels coming to Radisson RED Gatwick Airport (UK) and Radisson RED Helsinki (Finland)Continued expansion of the Radisson Hotel segment with the signing of four new properties and entry into two new countries, Andorra and Montenegro, as well as Budapest and IstanbulElie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer EMEA, said: “As we rebuild after a challenging 2020, Radisson Hotel Group, together with our business partners, has managed to continue growth into 2021. Thanks to the passion of our people and the trust of our owners, we are delighted to celebrate 10 consecutive years for our flagship Radisson Blu brand as the largest upper upscale brand in Europe*, to be enjoyed in over 280 hotels across EMEA.”Radisson Hotel Group’s top priority is the continued health, safety and security of its guests, team members, and business partners. The Group applies its Radisson Hotels Safety Protocol created in collaboration with SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, and recently unveiled its new comprehensive testing program as the first hotel group to roll out a rapid testing service for meeting and event attendees at properties across its EMEA portfolio. Watch the highlights of this announcement here.*Source: MKG