Our Heritage

Radisson Hospitality AB's debut - The Royal Copenhagen in Denmark, created together with the legendary Arne Jacobsen, was hailed as the world’s first designer hotel. This auspicious start marked the beginning of a collection of landmark properties and innovative designs that would define Radisson Hospitality AB with its dynamic portfolio of brands and hotels.

2018

  • Radisson Hotel Group rebrands Club Carlson loyalty program to Radisson Rewards
  • A new global brand architecture, introducing Radisson in EMEA and launching Radisson Collection
  • Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group becomes the Radisson Hotel GroupTM
  • Country Inns & Suites By Carlson becomes Country Inn & Suites by Radisson

2017

  • HNA Tourism Group Co., Ltd. announced a mandatory public offer to acquire all shares in Rezidor
  • Federico J. González became Rezidor’s President & CEO and Chairman of the Global Steering Committee

2016

  • The Rezidor Hotel Group entered the economy segment with a 49% stake in prizeotel
  • HNA Tourism Group acquired Carlson Hotels, Inc. 

2014

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

2012

  • Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is named Hotel Group of the Year at Worldwide Hospitality Awards 2012
  • Carlson increased its ownership in The Rezidor Hotel Group to 51 percent, and the two joined forces in a strategic partnership and went to market as Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

2010

  • Rezidor named one of the Most Ethical Companies of the World by Ethisphere Institute
  • Park Inn becomes Park Inn by Radisson
  • Radisson Blu became the Largest Upscale Hotel Brand in Europe, per MKG

2009

  • First Hotel Missoni opens in Edinburgh to great acclaim
  • Radisson SAS brand name was updated to Radisson Blu

2007

  • Carlson increased ownership in The Rezidor Hotel Group to 41.7 percent

2006

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

2005

  • Carlson acquired 25 percent ownership of The Rezidor Hotel Group, solidifying the company’s commitment to global growth

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

1999

  • Carlson Hotels launched the guest loyalty program now known as Radisson RewardsTM

    1994

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

    1987

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

    1986

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

    1960

    • Carlson entered the hotel business in the Americas through a 50 percent interest in the Radisson Downtown Hotel in Minneapolis
    • The Royal Copenhagen by Arne Jacobsen in Denmark was hailed as the world’s first designer hotel

    2018

    • 80% of Hotels are eco-labelled
    • Announcing a global partnership with SOS Children’s Villages, as part of the Group’s Destination 2022 5-year strategy
    • The group is recognized as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the ninth year in a row
    • The innovative towel replacement program at Radisson Blu, provides safe drinking water to 22,500 children

    2017

    • 2017 Radisson Blu wins IMEX-GMIC sustainability award for Blu Planet
    • Radisson Hotel Group wins the United Nations World Tourism Organization award for innovation in Enterprises with “Adding Color to Lives”

    2016-2018

    • Radisson Hotel Group receives the Eco Vadis Silver recognition for sustainable supply chain practices for the 3 consecutive years

    2016

    • Radisson Hotel Group signs a unique cooperation agreement with the IFC EDGE to promote green buildings in emerging markets
    • Successfully wrap up our five-year ambitious Think Planet target to save 25% of energy
    • Radisson Hotel Group becomes a silver member of Sustainable Brands International (SBI)

    2015

    • Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands, where 30% of the employees are deaf, wins the Guardian Sustainable Business award
    • Radisson Hotel Group launches Adding Color to Lives the project to help youth in risk
    • Radisson Blu launches the Blu Planet initiative, which focuses on conserving and protecting the Earth’s limited supply of fresh water

    2014

    • Signatory of UN CEO Water Mandate & launch of Radisson Blu towel reuse linked to donations to provide safe drinking water to communities in need
    • Radisson Hotel Group signs the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles and launches its Women in Leadership initiative

    2013

    • Responsible Business launches a new training
    • Radisson Hotel Group becomes lead partner of the Youth Career Initiative

    2012

    • Think Planet Energy saving initiative targets 25% consumption savings in 5 years

    2010

    • The group targets 100% eco-labelled hotels and achieves an eco–label for 55% of hotels
    • First global Responsible Business action month with Carlson Companies
    • First time awarded as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute

    2009

    • The Group joins the United Nations Global Compact

    2008

    • Launch of www.rezidorethics.com, an independently managed website for reports on the Business Ethics

    2007

    • First international hotel group to offer guests carbon offsetting
    • World Childhood Foundation becomes corporate charity organization

    2004

    • Signature of ECPAT Code of Conduct against sexual exploitation of children
    • Hospitality Award for Environmental Protection

    2003

    • Radisson SAS Plaza Hotel, Oslo, is first Rezidor property to receive an eco-label
    • The Group becomes chair of International Hotels Environment Initiative Executive Committee
    • Launch of Hotel Environment Action Month (now Community Action Month)

    2001

    • Save the Children becomes corporate charity organization
    • Monthly reporting of energy, water and waste
    • First Responsible Business training
    • Launch of the Responsible Business program encompassing the three pillars

    1996

    • Launch of the Radisson SAS environmental program
    • Founding member of the International Hotels Environment Initiative

    1989

    • First Environmental Policy

    2018

    • Over 225 hotels are Safehotels Certified

    2015-2018

    • Chairing of the OSAC Belgium country council

    2015-2017

    • Chairing of the OSAC Hotel Security Working Group

    2014

    • Creation of the Global Safety and Security Council
    • Signing a global agreement with Safehotels Alliance, the leading hotel security certification company

    2010

    • Safety and security program for Radisson hotel Group goes global

    2008

    • Founding member of the Hotel Security Working Group (HSWG) in the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)
    • Monthly TRIC=S safety and security reports distributed to all General Managers

    2006

    • Launch of the online self-security assessment tool (3T monitor, now called SSA)

    1998

    • Move from control to support

    1991

    • First major event planning program

    1988

    • First Safety and Security manual