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Radisson Hotel Group signs Glasgow Declaration and reaffirms strong sustainability commitment during COP27

14 November 2022

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Radisson Hotel Group signs Glasgow Declaration and reaffirms strong sustainability commitment during COP27

During this year’s COP27 in Egypt, Radisson Hotel Group, one of the leading international hospitality groups, reaffirms its strong commitment to sustainability by signing the Glasgow Declaration and encouraging other hospitality groups to join the call for strong actions to halve emissions over the next decade and reach Net Zero emissions as soon as possible before 2050. Radisson Hotel Group is one of the top 1000 companies with published approved science-based targets and has taken significant steps to define a clear path to becoming Net Zero by 2050, aligned with the landmark 2015 Paris Accord. Tourism & Travel as a sector represented 1/10 jobs and over 10% of global GDP in 2019. On the path to recovery to pre-pandemic business levels, it is important to operate the industry with a wholistic focus on sustainability, accelerated decarbonization and inclusion to ensure a thriving growth in balance with planetary resources. Radisson Hotel Group has made substantial strides to drive change in the hospitality industry’s response to climate change, towards sustainability, renewable energy, green building design, green mobility, and the establishment of the Hotel Sustainability Basics to target Net Zero Hospitality by 2050. Today, Radisson Hotel Group is continuing this call to action as a prominent signatory of the Glasgow Declaration, building on its existing strategic sustainability initiatives and commitments. The Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism is a catalyst for increased urgency about the need to accelerate climate action in tourism and to secure strong commitments to support the global goals to halve emissions over the next decade and reach Net Zero emissions as soon as possible before 2050. Dirk Glaesser, Director Sustainable Development of Tourism, UNWTO, comments: “We are happy to count Radisson Hotel Group amongst the already more than 700 supporters of The Glasgow Declaration. Together we are mobilizing the industry to deliver effective climate action and reach Net Zero as soon as possible before 2050. To support this commitment, each signatory must deliver a concrete, up-to-date climate plan within 12 months, which is evident by Radisson Hotel Group’s detailed Net Zero Transformation.” Inge Huijbrechts, Global Senior Vice President Sustainability, Security and Corporate Communication, Radisson Hotel Group, adds: “At Radisson Hotel Group we are serious about moving our company and its 1,100 hotels in operation and development on the path to Net Zero by 2050. The Glasgow Declaration expresses a clear direction of travel and overall vision for the industry. We activate our Net Zero Transformation by helping our hotels to progress on the journey, starting with the Hotel Sustainability Basics and leading to full decarbonization by 2050.” This September, Radisson Hotel Group received confirmation and validation of its near-term Science Based Targets (SBTs) aligned with its commitment to be Net-Zero by 2050. This validation places Radisson Hotel Group among the top companies in the world who are aligned with the COP climate goals and who have set their carbon reduction targets according to scientific evidence. Radisson Hotel Group’s clear targets and plans include a reduction of its absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions by 46% by 2030 from a 2019 base year. The Group also commits to reduce absolute scope 3 GHG emissions from fuel and energy related activities and franchises by 28% within the same timeframe. Radisson Hotel Group actively strives to reduce its carbon footprint with a strategy focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy as two key impact levers. The Group is currently undergoing an energy transition and is rolling out renewable energy solutions that are designed to achieve the greatest carbon reduction impact tailored for each of its core markets. Over the past 10 years, Radisson Hotel Group has made great strides and achieved excellent energy efficiency savings of 30%. In addition, the group has offset over 45,000 tons of carbon for clients with its 100% Carbon Neutral meetings. Aligned with building LEED, BREAM, and EDGE sustainable building certifications, Radisson Hotel Group has defined its own Build Planet guidelines. The Group’s Build Planet guidelines provide an additional framework and modelling tools for forward thinking asset owners who are looking to join the path to net-zero. In 2021, the Group also reduced its carbon emissions by 22% per square meter compared to 2019 and reduced its water footprint by 23% per square meter versus 2019. As a global leader in green mobility, Radisson Hotel Group is driving the travel and hospitality industry forward with more green travel options and plans to expand its network of 510+ electric car-charging stations across EMEA, in partnership with Allego, the leading pan-European provider of electric vehicle charging solutions. Radisson Hotel Group recently launched the first ultra-fast Electric Charging Hub in Frankfurt, Germany, as a continuation of its commitment to support e-mobility. In India this September, the Group installed its first Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers in partnership with SunFuel at the Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi International Airport and plans to install additional EV chargers across the Group’s portfolio of over 100+ hotels across South Asia. Earlier this year at the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)’s prestigious Global Summit held in Manila, Radisson Hotel Group, together with other top brands, associations and destinations in the industry representing over 50,000 hotels and 70+ companies and destinations, launched the Hotel Sustainability Basics, a common and inclusive definition of hotel sustainability to drive responsible travel & tourism. Criteria include twelve actions which are fundamental to hotel sustainability. Radisson Hotel Group was a leading supporter and driving force behind the establishment of the Basics standard, which includes a coordinated set of minimum indicators that all hotels should implement to drive responsible travel and tourism, and is easy for consumers to understand.

Radisson Hotel Group launches new midscale brand Park Inn & Suites by Radisson in India; Signs strategic partnership with Ruptub Solutions to add 150 hotels

10 November 2022

Corporate

Radisson Hotel Group launches new midscale brand Park Inn & Suites by Radisson in India; Signs strategic partnership with Ruptub Solutions to add 150 hotels

Radisson Hotel Group has today announced that it is embarking on an exciting new era of hospitality in India, that drives the accelerated growth of its portfolio in the country through the launch of its new midscale brand, Park Inn & Suites by Radisson. The Group is looking to double its Indian footprint with nearly 150 hotels and resorts to be added by 2025. To facilitate this ambition, the Group has entered into a strategic alliance with Ruptub Solutions Private Limited which operates a domestic chain of 1,000+ properties in 120+ cities across India under the brand ‘Treebo’. Launched in 2015, the company is backed by marquee investors like Matrix Partners India, Elevation Capital, and Ward Ferry Management, among others. Tailor-made for the Indian market and adding to the diversity of the Group’s brand offering in the country, Park Inn & Suites by Radisson will deliver a warm and heartfelt hospitality experience in a modern yet familiar home-like setting. The brand’s essence is based on ‘Inviting Modern Comfort’ ensuring that guests feel welcome, valued, and looked after. With an average size of 50 to 70 keys, these hotels will be equipped with inviting social spaces, a welcome corner, a fitness center, services like free WiFi, and signature breakfast options for delivering a holistic experience to guests. The partnership will identify and convert quick-to-market opportunities targeting the development of a 150-hotel-strong network of Park Inn & Suites by Radisson properties over the next decade. Both entities will channel their respective strengths across asset management, technology, business development, and access to global distribution and sales systems to drive value-driven experiences for guests and owners alike. The brand will be powered by the combined technological strength of Radisson Hotel Group’s EMMA CRS and Ruptub Solutions’ Hotel Superhero PMS, which will help accelerate the launch of properties under the brand. Backed by large-scale expansion, Park Inn & Suites by Radisson is customized to fuel Radisson Hotel Group’s next phase of growth in tier 2 to 5 markets with a clear focus on value maximization for its stakeholders. The development of these locations and strategic centers remains core to its growth strategy in India. The Group continues to command a leading presence in the Indian market and is one of the country’s largest international hotel operators with over 150 hotels in operation and development across 60+ locations. It continues to be the largest hotel operator in tier-1 markets like Delhi NCR and at the same time, more than 50% of its portfolio is in tier-2 and 3 markets where it has benefitted by being the first mover. It expects nearly 50% of business conversions in the future to be driven by these markets and has materialized this vision by opening hotels under multiple brands in locations like Katra, Surat, Nashik, Bhopal, and Jammu. Looking ahead, the Group intends to catalyze the Park Inn & Suites by Radisson brand by way of master franchise, collaboration, and brand development agreements with high-quality hotel development partners. Ramzy Fenianos, Chief Development Officer, Asia Pacific, said, “India is one of Radisson Hotel Group's largest strategic markets. The launch of Park Inn & Suites by Radisson brand in the country is a strong continuation of our Asia Pacific growth strategy. The brand will offer midscale hotels in India an opportunity to enhance their visibility, create customer confidence, and access a wider audience through our multiple distribution channels and a global sales structure. We are fully committed to bringing quality experiences to our domestic and international guests in all parts of the country, from major metros to upcoming destinations across tier-2 to 5 cities.” Zubin Saxena, Managing Director and Vice President Operations, South Asia, Radisson Hotel Group, said, “We are excited to announce the launch of Park Inn & Suites by Radisson in India. With over two decades of operations in India, the launch of this brand in the market marks new opportunities for the Group as we continue to expand and strengthen our footprint across the country. We have dedicated all our efforts toward developing an indigenous brand architecture that will unlock economies of scale for the Group. We are delighted to have Ruptub Solutions as our trusted partner. This partnership is a timely and critical step toward our brand-building journey and meeting the growing demand of the discerning Indian traveler for high-quality accommodation.” Sidharth Gupta, Founder and Director of Ruptub Solutions Pvt Ltd said, “Partnering with Radisson Hotel Group is a truly enriching experience for us as it continues to be among the strongest hospitality players globally. With this partnership, we collectively aim to leverage the Group’s hospitality expertise combined with our technology offerings and wide presence in the market, especially in tier 2 to 5 destinations, to chalk a strong and sustainable path for the brand to grow. During the past few months, while crafting this partnership, we have resonated with the Group’s ‘Yes, I can!’ mindset and see deep synergies between the two entities. The coming years will prove to be the game-changer for India’s hospitality industry as we collaborate to launch hotels under the Park Inn & Suites by Radisson brand across the country.”

Radisson Hotel Group drives growth in Thailand with first Radisson Individuals project in Pattaya

9 November 2022

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Radisson Hotel Group drives growth in Thailand with first Radisson Individuals project in Pattaya

Lewit Hotel Pattaya, a member of Radisson Individuals becomes the Group’s inaugural property on the Eastern Seaboard, as diverse development and flexible business models stimulate growth in APAC.Radisson Hotel Group has reached an important milestone in its expansion strategy in Thailand with the signing of Lewit Hotel Pattaya, a member of Radisson Individuals, which marks the brand’s launch in Pattaya, a vibrant beachfront destination on the country’s rapidly emerging Eastern Seaboard. This modern upscale property will be the group’s first Radisson Individuals hotel when it opens in February 2023 and will operate under a brand affiliation agreement with Land Able Co. Ltd. This further underscores Radisson Hotel Group’s commitment to driving growth through a range of flexible business models and building a diverse portfolio of high-quality managed and franchised properties. Lewit Hotel Pattaya, a member of Radisson Individuals is a contemporary hotel located less than ten minutes from the peaceful Jomtien beach, yet still within easy reach of the city’s upbeat attractions and activities. The 100-room hotel features a modern design that helps guests feel at ease with comfortable bedding, a comprehensive range of in-room amenities, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Guests can dine at the all-day restaurant that serves buffet breakfast in the morning, and a delightful selection of Thai and international cuisine for lunch and dinner. The hotel is well-equipped with family-friendly facilities such as a glass-walled infinity pool with a waterslide and sundeck, and a fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment. Bicycles are also available for guests to explore the local area, including Yin Yom Beach which is just a short ride away and offers spectacular sunset views. For business travelers, two meeting rooms and a pre-function area are perfectly suited to small and medium-sized gatherings, such as strategy meetings, training sessions, team-building and more. The hotel is a short drive from Bangkok and Suvarnabhumi International Airport, as well as the regional hub of U-Tapao Airport, making it easily accessible for domestic and international travelers alike. The strength of Radisson Individuals, Radisson Hotel Group’s affiliation brand, is that it simultaneously caters to the rising demand from modern travelers for authentic, individual hospitality that meets international standards, while also intuitively meeting the requirement from owners and small chains for global scale and support, without losing their independence. This fully flexible concept is suited to all types of hotels and resorts, including new-builds and conversions, and can be easily adapted to franchise and management agreements. “We are delighted to announce the signing of Lewit Hotel Pattaya, a member of Radisson Individuals. This is a major milestone for our company as it demonstrates how we are successfully diversifying our portfolio with new resort locations that will further accelerate our expansion in Asia Pacific. Owners today are seeking the market expertise and brand affiliation that Radisson Hotel Group offers, and we see projects that are converted, franchised, and soft-branded playing a pivotal role in our future growth," said David Nguyen, Managing Director, Indochina and Strategic Partnerships, South East Asia & Pacific, Radisson Hotel Group. “Radisson Hotel Group has a proven track record of achieving strong results and high levels of guest satisfaction in the hospitality industry, thanks to its robust and flexible in-market support that has a keen understanding of our property’s unique needs. This partnership represents the start of an exciting new era for Lewit Hotel Pattaya, a member of Radisson Individuals, and we look to leverage the expertise and global scale of Radisson Hotel Group as we prepare to welcome guests from all around the world as Thailand enters its first full high season for three years,” commented Ms. Sarinya Ruennuch, Director, Land Able Co. Ltd. The signing of Lewit Hotel Pattaya, a member of Radisson Individuals marks the latest development in the Group’s wider growth strategy as it targets to double its operating portfolio in Thailand by 2023. To learn more about Radisson Hotel Group, please visit www.radissonhotels.com.