Awards & Honors

And the winner is…

Radisson Hospitality AB is proud to have received an impressive variety of awards and accolades in recognition of our unique Yes I Can! service culture, our passion for cutting edge, contemporary hotel design and architecture, our ambitious Responsible Business program and our innovative strategic concepts.


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October 2019 17 Radisson Hotels win World Luxury Hotel Awards
October 2019 Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden wins Leading Airport Hotel Award at the South Asian Travel Awards 2019
September 2019 Jan Hanak, General Manager at Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek has been named “General Manager of the Year” at the recently concluded Xpedition Annual Gala Awards 2019
September 2019 Radisson Blu ranked number 8 out of 115 hotels from the Norwegian 2019 Customer Experience survey from KPMG
September 2019 Tim Cordon, Senior Area Vice President, Middle East and Africa, has secured the fifth place in the 2019 Hotelier Middle East Power 50 list for the second year in a row
August 2019 Radisson Rewards wins Best Loyalty Promotion (EMEA) and Best Loyalty Customer Service (Americas) at the Frequent Travel Awards
August 2019 Peacock Restaurant of Radisson Blu Hotel, Kuwait wins the World Luxury Restaurant Award for outstanding Chinese cuisine in the Middle East
July 2019 Radisson Hotel Brunei Darussalam wins medals at 2019 Salon Culinaire Competition
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July 2019 Three of our restaurants (Prime Steaks & Seafood, Ginger Sushi Bar & Lounge, and Sharkia ) at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Bucharest and the Park Inn by Radisson Bucharest Hotel & Residence have been included in the prestigious Gault & Millau restaurant guide.
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November 2016
Carlson Rezidor eclipses the competition, winning three awards at the Worldwide Hospitality Awards 2016 in Paris
On November 14th, at the 17th edition of the Worldwide Hospitality Awards ceremony in Paris, Carlson Rezidor stormed to victory in three award categories. The awards are a showcase for the diversity of the hospitality industry worldwide and represent the most innovative efforts and concepts from
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Best Food Concept: Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Aarhus
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Aarhus won the award ‘Best Food Concept' with its Brain Food concept at the event Mode & Eventmessen 2016 in Copenhagen. Brain Food is Radisson Blu's food and drink solution for memorable meetings. Created by experts, our innovative menu ensures optimum nutrition for
February 2016
Business Travel Magazine in Poland: Radisson Blu recognized as one of the top 3 World’s Best Hotel Brands
Radisson Blu has been awarded by Business Traveler magazine in Poland as one of the top three World's Best Hotel Brands. On a yearly basis, the magazine organizes a survey among the readers and business travelers. Based on their own experience they recommend the best products from the exciting
February 2016
Award Top Choice 2016 for Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Pribaltiyskaya
Park Inn by Radisson Pribaltiyskaya has achieved the "Top Choice 2016"Award. Judges and guests selected the hotel for its comfortable living environment and friendly service.
February 2016
Grand Travel Awards: Radisson Blu Best International Hotel Chain in Sweden
For the sixth consecutive year, Radisson Blu was awarded Best International Hotel Chain at Grand Travel Awards in Sweden. Grand Travel Awards is organized by Travel News in Sweden. The votes are casted by 1,200 travel agents, PCOs, DMCs and travel planners.
February 2016
Green Key Gold Awards 2016 for Park Inn by Radisson Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Park Inn by Radisson Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is proud to announce the achievement of the Gold Green Key certificated in 2016. The certificate demonstrates a high social and environmental responsibility of the hotel. Experts of "Green key" pay attention to such aspects like using environmentally
February 2016
Horeca Kuwait Awards: Two chefs at Radisson Blu Hotel, Kuwait awarded
Two Chefs of Radisson Blu Hotel, Kuwait were awarded with a gold and silver medals during the recent Horeca competition and exhibition. They earned the gold medal for the "3 Plated Dessert Presentation" and also the silver medal for "Cold Sandwich Making Competition".
January 2016
Travelers' Choice Awards: 53 Radisson Blu Hotels and 8 Park inn by Radisson awarded
The Travellers' Choice list of thousands of award-winning properties is perfect to inspire travellers as they think about their 2016 travel plans. From opulent luxury hotels to budget-friendly B&Bs, those looking for an accommodation can research, compare prices and book a Travellers' Choice
January 2016
Radisson Blu Wins Prestigious British Travel Award
Radisson Blu, one of the world’s leading hotel brands, was recently announced as the winner of the Best International Upscale Hotel Brand at the prestisigious 2015 British Travel Awards.  The win was announced at a glamorous gala award ceremeony, held in London and attended by almost one thousand
January 2016
The Rezidor Hotel Group awarded Best International hotel chain in Norway and the Best Nordic hotel chain at the Grand Travel Awards, Norway
The Rezidor Hotel Group was awarded the best International hotel chain in Norway and the best Nordic hotel chain at the Grand Travel Awards in Norway. The Grand Travel Awards are Norway’s premier awards show and banquet held annually for the Norwegian travel trade.
December 2015
The Radisson Blu Tala Bay Resort, Aqaba awarded Best Dive Resort in Middle East and the Best Beach Resort in Jordan
The Radisson Blu Tala Bay Resort, Aqaba secured the award for Best Dive Resort in Middle East and the Best Beach Resort in Jordan at the recent Hotel of the Year Awards. The Hotel of the Year Awards recognise and reward hotels and spas that deliver exceptional levels of service and world-class
December 2015
Carlson Rezidor hotels in Muscat and Duqm awarded with three Green Keys.
Radisson Blu Hotel, Muscat and Park Inn by Radisson Muscat have just been awarded with the Green Key for the fifth year in a row and Park Inn by Radisson Hotel & Residence Duqm for the second year. The certificate demonstrates a high social and environmental responsibility of the hotel.
December 2015
Radisson Blu Old Mill Hotel, Belgrade wins the Annual Hotel Space Award
The Radisson Blu Old Mill Hotel, Belgrade has won an Annual Hotel Space Award in the 13th Modern Decoration International Media Award Competition. GRAFT studio from Berlin, which designed our astonishing flagship hotel has been chosen as the winner among 11 candidates out of 4,000 entries from 22
December 2015
Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow wins 4 awards at the World Travel Awards
The Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow picked up 4 awards at the World Travel Awards. The hotel won Europe's Leading Luxury Business Hotel, Europe's Leading MICE Hotel, Russia's Leading Hotel Residences and Russia's Leading Luxury Business Hotel. World Travel Awards™ was established in 1993 to
December 2015
Green Key: Park Inn by Radisson Nizhny Tagil is awarded its second Green Key eco-label.
Park Inn by Radisson Nizhny Tagil has passed the certification procedure and got the Green Key eco-label. The certificate demonstrates a high social and environmental responsibility of the hotel. Experts of "Green key" pay attention to such aspects like using environmentally friendly cleaning
December 2015
Green Key: Radisson Hotel, Rosa Khutor is awarded its second Green Key eco-label.
Radisson Hotel, Rosa Khutor has passed the certification procedure and got the Green Key eco-label. The certificate demonstrates a high social and environmental responsibility of the hotel. Experts of "Green Key" pay attention to such aspects like using environmentally friendly cleaning products,
December 2015
The Radisson Resort, Zavidovo received two awards by Your Wedding Awards Tver 2015
The Radisson Resort, Zavidovo was named as the Best Wedding Hotel and the Best Wedding Ballroom by the Your Wedding Awards Tver 2015. These are the first two awards then hotel has won since opening in 2014.
December 2015
The Radisson Hotel Rosa Khutor was named Russia's Best Ski Hotel 2015 at the World Ski Awards.
The Radisson Hotel Rosa Khutor was named Russia's Best Ski Hotel 2015 at the World Ski Awards. Established in 2013, the World Ski Awards aims to drive up standards within the ski industry. Votes are cast by professionals working within the ski industry — senior executives, travel buyers, tour
November 2015
Radisson Blu Hotel, Chelyabinsk: Certified with their first Green Key
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Chelyabinsk has passed the certification procedure and got The Green Key eco-label. The certificate demonstrates a high social and environmental responsibility of the hotel. Experts of "Green key" pay attention to such aspects like using environmentally friendly cleaning
November 2015
Readers' Choice Awards 2015 in Northern Europe (not including Amsterdam): Radisson Royal Hotel in the Top 30 Hotels
The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award is chosen by a questionnaire that contains lists of candidates in various categories (Cities, Hotels, etc.). Candidates must receive a required minimum number of responses to be eligible for a Readers’ Choice Award.
November 2015
MKG Worldwide Hospitality Awards: Women in Leadership Program shortlisted in the Best HR Initiative category, and Club Carlson's Meetings Minus Carbon in the Best initiative in Sustainable Development & Social Responsibility category
Our Women in Leadership Program is shortlisted for the Best HR Initiative category and Club Carlson's Meetings Minus Carbon for the Best initiative in Sustainable Development & Social Responsibility category. The Worldwide Hospitality Awards, now in their 15th year, were created by Georges
November 2015
Readers' Choice Awards 2015 in Central Europe: Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel, Prague in the Top 25 Hotels
The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award is chosen by a questionnaire that contains lists of candidates in various categories (Cities, Hotels, etc.). Candidates must receive a required minimum number of responses to be eligible for a Readers’ Choice Award.
November 2015
World Luxury Hotel Awards: Radisson Hotel, Astana in the category of Luxury Business Hotel
The Radisson Hotel, Astana wins in the category of Luxury Business Hotel at the World Luxury Hotel Awards. The World Luxury Hotel Awards is a recognized global organization providing luxury hotels with recognition for their world class facilities and service excellence provided to guests.
November 2015
Radisson Blu Hotel, Chelyabinsk: Certified with their first Green Key
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Chelyabinsk has passed the certification procedure and got The Green Key eco-label. The certificate demonstrates a high social and environmental responsibility of the hotel. Experts of "Green key" pay attention to such aspects like using environmentally friendly cleaning
November 2015
World Luxury Hotel Awards: Radisson Blu Hotel, Dakar in the category of Luxury Suite Hotel
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Dakar wins in the category of Luxury Suite Hotel at the World Luxury Hotel Awards. The World Luxury Hotel Awards is a recognized global organization providing luxury hotels with recognition for their world class facilities and service excellence provided to guests.
November 2015
World Luxury Hotel Awards: Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton Johannesburg wins in the category of Luxury City Hotel
The Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton Johannesburg wins in the category of Luxury City Hotel at the World Luxury Hotel Awards. The World Luxury Hotel Awards is a recognized global organization providing luxury hotels with recognition for their world class facilities and service excellence
November 2015
Green Key: Park Inn by Radisson Poliarnie Zori, Murmansk is awarded its fifth Green Key eco-label.
Park Inn by Radisson Poliarnie Zori has passed the certification procedure and got the Green Key eco-label. The certificate demonstrates a high social and environmental responsibility of the hotel. Experts of "Green key" pay attention to such aspects like using environmentally friendly cleaning
November 2015
Green Key: Park Inn by Radisson Pulkovskaya is awarded its fifth Green Key eco-label
Park Inn by Radisson Pulkovskaya has passed the certification procedure and got The Green Key eco-label. The certificate demonstrates a high social and environmental responsibility of the hotel. Experts of "Green Key" pay attention to such aspects like using environmentally friendly cleaning
November 2015
European Excellence Awards 2015: The Rezidor Hotel Group has been shortlisted in the categories of ‘Crisis Communication’ and ‘Best Blog’.
The Rezidor Hotel Group has been shortlisted for two awards in this communications based competition. The nominees are Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel, Freetown in the category of ‘Crisis Communication’ and our Radisson Blu Blog in the category of ‘Blog’.
November 2015
AllBright Award 2015: The Rezidor Hotel Group has been nominated for the AllBright award for its Women in Leadership initiative.
The Rezidor Hotel Group is nominated for the AllBright Award 2015 for our work to increase the share of women in leadership positions and for creating a more balanced workplace. AllBright is a Swedish organization working to create more meritocratic workplaces.
November 2015
Salon Culinnair 2015 Award: Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha is awarded gold, silver and bronze at the Salon Culinnair 2015 Competition.
The Emirates Culinary Guild Salon Culinaire — plays host to more than thousands of chefs every year at Gulfood. Not just participants, but eager colleagues are at hand to witness the series of practical and display-based culinary competitions, entry to which is open to professional chefs, pastry
November 2015
Green Tourism Gold Award: Radisson Blu Waterfront hotel, Jersey have renewed their Green Tourism award
A Green Tourism Award is given to businesses that have been independently assessed and certified, to become the greenest choice. Businesses which meet the standard for a Green Tourism Award receive a Bronze, Silver, or Gold certificate, based on their level of sustainability.
November 2015
Green Key: Park Inn by Radisson Ekaterinburg is awarded its first Green Key eco-label
Park Inn by Radisson Ekaterinburg has passed the certification procedure and got the Green Key eco-label. The certificate demonstrates a high social and environmental responsibility of the hotel. Experts of "Green Key" pay attention to such aspects like using environmentally friendly cleaning
October 2015
Manchester Hotelier Awards 2015: from Park Inn By Radisson Manchester, James Daly, won the Back of House award and Lucy Barnett was shortlisted as Front of House
James Daly and Lucy Barnett were shortlisted for awards at the MHA this year. James Daly, won the Back of House award and Lucy Barnett was runner up as Front of House Customer Service. These awards receive nominations from all hotels in Manchester.
October 2015
Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha receives the H.E.R.O. award from a Philippine Non-Government Organization based in Doha
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha received an award from H.E.R.O, a Philippine Non-Government Organization based in Doha. The award represents a token of appreciation for the charitable contribution made recently by the hotel to support the initial phase of relief and recovery efforts for ‪Typhoon Lando
October 2015
The Danish Dining Guide: Sommelier of the Year 2015 Award to Emil Gamrath, working at Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen
Emil Gamrath, restaurant manager at Alberto K in the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, has won the Sommelier of the Year 2015 award. Each year The Danish Dining Guide nominates the best in the Danish gastronomic world. It is an incredibly prestigious award to win and gives great recognition
October 2015
Hotelier Middle East Awards 2015: Felix Tochukwu Alozie, concierge at Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City, awarded Front Office Person of the Year
Felix Tochukwu Alozie, concierge at Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City, has been awarded Front Office Person of the Year at the 2015 Hotelier Middle East Awards. Now in its 11th year, the Hotelier Middle East Awards are designed to celebrate the most committed, hardworking and enthusiastic
October 2015
Croatian Tourism Days: Radisson Blu Hotel, Split nominated Best Congress Hotel in Croatia and shortlisted as Best Leisure Hotel
Radisson Blu Resort, Split received two awards out of two nominations on the 'Croatian Tourism Days' award ceremony. In the first nomination for Best Congress hotel in Croatia, Radisson Blu won 1st place and in the second category for Best Leisure hotel in Croatia, Radisson Blu collected 2nd place.
October 2015
HRG Award in the UK: Carlson Rezidor received the Highly Commended Hotel Group award
HRG awarded Carlson Rezidor as the Highly Commended Hotel Group. There are just two awards for hotels available - Highly Commended Hotel Group and Best Hotel Group.  Sophie Lemm, Carlson Rezidor's Global Accounts Director for HRG was delighted when Carlson Rezidor was announced as the Highly
October 2015
UK Northern Marketing Awards: "E-scapes" by Park Inn By Radisson, wins the Best Travel & Leisure campaign award
Park Inn By Radisson wins the Best Travel & Leisure campaign award at the UK Northern Marketing Awards. Now in their third year, the Northern Marketing Awards celebrates the excellence, creativity and achievements of the marketing industry in the North.
October 2015
Caterer.com Awards: Rezidor awarded as the Best Employer in Hospitality (large hotel groups) for the second year in succession
The Rezidor Hotel Group have been shortlisted once again for the Caterer.com Best Employers in Hospitality 2015 Award. The Best Employers in Hospitality Awards are the only established, recognized hospitality employer awards. These awards are judged solely on employee responses to a bespoke online
October 2015
Georgina Campbell Awards - Ireland’s Original Hospitality Awards: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin awarded Business Hotel of the Year 2015
The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin was awarded Business Hotel of the Year   2016 at the recent Georgina Campbell Awards - Ireland’s Original Hospitality Awards. It was awarded for its proximity, security, amenities and meetings and events rooms.
October 2015
Hoteliers Awards 2015: Shahazan Ahamad, Front Desk Supervisor at Radisson Blu Hotel Riyadh shortlisted as Best Front Office Person
Seymor Ridon, revenue/training manager, Radisson Blu Royal Suite Hotel Jeddah has made it to the HR and Training person shortlist for the Hotelier awards 2015. The Hotelier Middle East Awards aims to readdress the balance. They reward the often-unrecognized individuals that make the region’s hotels
September 2015
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group collected 14 awards at 2015 World Travel Awards for Europe
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups, is honoured to receive a total of 14 World Travel Awards for its hotels in Europe at this year’s Award Gala Ceremony on 5 September in Sardinia, Italy. Celebrating its 22nd anniversary this year, the World Travel
September 2015
Swiss Business Travel Award 2015: Radisson Blu Hotels awarded Best Business Hotels of 2015
The Radisson Blu Hotels were awarded as the best Business Hotels of 2015 by the Swiss Business Travel Awards. This new award was provided within the frame of the ‘Swiss Travel Management Forum’, organized by the “Business Traveltip”, a magazine for business traveler and frequent flyer.
September 2015
City of Leeds Business Awards: Radisson Blu Hotel, Leeds awarded Best Hotel of the Year
Radisson Blu Leeds scoops Hotel of the Year award from Downtown in Business. Over 200 of the city’s most influential business leaders attended the gala dinner, which saw entrepreneurs and high growth companies from across the city center win a range of awards.
September 2015
Power 50 list in Middle East: Mark Willis, Area Vice President Middle East, is the ninth most powerful hotelier in 2015
Mark Willis, Area Vice President Middle East has been named the ninth most powerful hotelier for 2015. The Power 50 is decided by a panel of judges whose decisions were based on the information collated from news stories and interviews conducted over the past 12 months.
September 2015
Yilmaz Yildirimlar, Acting Area Vice-President for Eastern Europe & Russia, awarded with a medal by the Kemerovo region
Yilmaz Yildirimlar, Acting Area Vice-President for Eastern Europe & Russia was awarded with a medal by the Kemerovo region authorities for the opening of the Park Inn by Radisson Novokuznetsk hotel. This special recognition testifies that Carlson Rezidor's effort to develop the hospitality industry
August 2015
Interhotel Chef Challenge in Cape Town: Sous Chef Robyn Marney classifies second in the competition as Best Chef and Chef Robyn Marney recognized with the Rio Largo Award for the most meticulous presentation
Sous Chef Robyn Marney has been awarded second place in the Best Chef contest and the Rio Largo Award for the most meticulous presentation by the Interhotel Chef Challenge, situated in Cape Town.  
August 2015
Ecoleaders Platina 2015 Award by Tripadvisor recognized to Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam Airport
Radisson Blu Amsterdam Airport has been awarded the Ecoleaders Platina 215 Award by Tripadvisor. All GreenLeader hotels must apply to the TripAdvisor’s GreenLeaders Program. If accepted, GreenLeaders achieve one of four statuses: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.
August 2015
Tourism Award Skål International: Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel in Turku, Finland shortlisted as Best Sustainable Hotel
Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel in Turku, Finland has been nominated in the hotel category for Sustainable in Tourism Award by Skål International. Skål is a professional organization of tourism leaders from around the world, promoting global tourism and friendship.
August 2015
Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Istanbul Tuzla has been honored by TEMA Foundation
Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Istanbul Tuzla has been honored by TEMA for sincere support. The TEMA Foundation (The Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion, for Reforestation and the Protection of Natural Habitats) was founded on 11th September 1992 by two prominent Turkish businessmen Hayrettin
August 2015
CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) recognizes Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel, Freetown for its support during the Ebola outbreak
Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel, Freetown has been recognized for its on-going and tremendous support during the Ebola outbreak by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention. CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S.
August 2015
Digital Communications Awards: Park Inn by Radisson shortlisted with the campaign "E-scape" in the category Marketing Campaign
Park Inn by Radisson has been shortlisted by the Digital Communications awards for our E-scapes campaign for the ‘Content Marketing Award’. The Digital Communication Awards 2015 honor outstanding achievements, professional campaigning and strategic thinking in online communications in 34
July 2015
Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel Tbilisi awarded "Special Recognition for Supporting Women in Leadership" by Gender Equality Council of the Parliament of Georgia
The Gender Equity Council of the Parliament of Georgia, in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), announced Gender Equality Awards 2015 for business companies, Government Agencies and local government bodies. Government officials were interested in how Rezidor pushed
July 2015
Green Leaf ECO Standard Core Certification recognized to Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore
The Green Leaf™ ECO Standard Core Certification is specifically created as a sustainability and certification assessment tool to measure the performance management of tourism operations. The Green Leaf auditors come on site twice to validate the hotel’s commitment to Think Planet, Think People and
July 2015
Master Bar Academy (MBA) in Maputo awards Arsenio Muiocha as Master Bartender
The Master Bar Academy (MBA), sponsored by DIAGEO in Maputo, awarded Arsenio Muiocha as ‘Master Bartender’. Arsenio took the title over the 35 finalists and proceeded to win $1000, an IPad and a certificate, declaring that he is a ‘Master Bartender’. 
June 2015
PMR Africa Business Excellence Awards Radisson Blu Hotel Maputo the Best Executive Lifestyle Hotel in Mozambique
On June 15th the Radisson Blu Hotel Maputo, was awarded the Golden Arrow Award for best Executive Lifestyle hotel in Mozambique at the annual Business Excellence Awards by PMR Africa. The award is based on a survey where in the respondents rated the companies on 11 attributes, namely: Adaptability;
June 2015
Radisson Blu Hotel, Kyiv Podil has been awarded the Green Key eco-label
Green Key is a leading international eco-label, currently existing in more than 40 countries. The certification is supported by the World Tourism Organisation as well as the UN environment programme, UNEP. Since 1989, the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group in EMEA has actively worked to reduce its impact
June 2015
Radisson Blu Resort & Thalasso, Hammamet awarded the International Blue Flag Certification
We are very pleased to announced you that the Radisson Blu Resort & Thalasso, Hammamet has been awarded with the International Blue Flag Certification. The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to more than 4000 beaches and marinas in 49 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia,
June 2015
Club Carlson wins two awards at Loyalty Awards 2015
BRUSSELS (June 11, 2015) - Club Carlson℠ , the global hotel rewards program from Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group , won at the Loyalty Awards 2015 yesterday the “ Best Use of Communications in a Loyalty Program ” award for the ‘New Year’ campaign and “ Best Use of Customer Analytics/Data in a Loyalty
May 2015
Sharjah’s Leading Hotel issued by World Travel Awards won by Radisson Blu Resort, Sharjah for the 10th time
Radisson Blu Resort, Sharjah sets another milestone by being awarded for Sharjah’s Leading Hotel issued by World Travel Awards, 2015. The Resort has won the award 10 times in the past and is delighted to receive it one more time. This acknowledgment is hailed by the worldwide media for its role in
April 2015
The Guardian Sustainable Business Award for Diversity & Inclusion goes to Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands
Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands wins the “Diversity & Inclusion” award by The Guardian Sustainable Business Awards, for employing as many as 30% deaf employees across all departments within the hotel . The award was received by one of the deaf staff members, Dale Holmes, Supervisor Food &
April 2015
Radisson Blu awarded as Sweden’s Best Hotel Service Provider
Radisson Blu, one of Europe’s largest upper upscale and world’s leading hotel brands, has been awarded Swedish ServiceScore Award 2015. See the full listing at http://servicescore.se/ . It is for the third consecutive year that Radisson Blu wins this prestigious service award.
April 2015
Green Star awarded to Radisson Blu Hotel Ankara
Green Star awarded to Radisson Blu Hotel Ankara Environmentally Friendly Establishment (Green Star ) are given to sustainable tourism accommodation facilities by Ministry of Tourism and Culture since 1993 to improve the development of environmental awareness and protection of environment.
April 2015
Radisson Blu Residence Dubai Marina recognised by Dubai Municipality for its continued support to charity
Biya Levy, human resources and training manager from Radisson Blu Residence Dubai Marina receives a certificate of appreciation from Dubai Municipality in recognition of the hotel’s continued support of their charity work with construction workers in Dubai.
April 2015
Radisson Blu Resort, Fujairah awarded with the Green Key certificate
Carlson Rezidor is proud to announce that Radisson Blu Resort, Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates, has been awarded with the Green Key certification in 2015. This testifies the continuous care of Carlson Rezidor to operate a responsible business. Congratulations to Radisson Blu Resort, Fujairah.
March 2015
Channel Island accommodation awards: Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, Jersey takes double gold
Congratulations to our hotel for two  award wins: the best hotel in the four & five star category, and best  overall hotel winner in Jersey, at the Channel Island accommodation awards. The award are run by C.I. Travel Group, in  partnership with online review portal Feefo to highlight customer
March 2015
Rezidor awarded as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies 2015
Group gets prestigious recognition for sixth consecutive year The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the most dynamic hotel companies in the world and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, has been recognised by the Ethisphere Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of
March 2015
ITB Berlin 2015: Radisson Blu awarded Best Group Hotel Brand and the group gained the Best Exhibitor Award during ITB
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group takes home two important trophies from ITB Berlin 2015, the world’s leading travel trade show. Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts was awarded among eight other hotel groups at the European Group Travel Award as “Best Group Hotel Brand – Full Service”.
March 2015
February 2015
Russian Hospitality Awards: Three Radisson Blu hotels were awarded with four Awards
This  award ceremony is held in Moscow and organised by Hospitality Awards LLC. Russian  Hospitality Awards is an annual ceremony of awarding best hotels of Russia, confirming  hotel’s best quality of service. The categories the hotels have win are: Spa Hotel of the Year There is a story about
January 2015
Radisson Blu and Park Inn hotels in the Nordics awarded with the international eco-label "Green Key"
Carlson Rezidor, one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups, announces that the majority of Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson hotels in the Nordics will now be Green Key certified. Being recognised by Green Key represents yet another example of the hotel group’s ambitious work
January 2015
50 Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson Hotels win TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2015
TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, has recognised 50 Carlson Rezidor properties across Europe, the Middle East and Africa at its TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2015. For the 13th year, TripAdvisor has highlighted the world’s top properties based on the millions of reviews and
January 2015
Radisson Blu awarded Poland’s Best Business Hotel Brand by Business Traveller
The Business Traveller 2014 Awards, Poland The award gala was held on Thursday, January 15, at Sobanski Palace in the centre of Warsaw. This year’s winners and their categories are: Radisson Blu : Best Business Hotel Brand in The World (1st place) Radisson Blu Hotel, Krakow: The Best Business Hotel
January 2015
Grand Travel Awards: Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson in Norway won this award
Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson,  two core brands of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, were  again recognized as the best international hotel chain in Norway, for the  eighth year in a row. The award was given at the Grand Travel Awards ceremony  in Norway.
December 2014
December 2014
World Travel Awards: The Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow (Russia) has been named “World's Leading Luxury Business Hotel 2014”
The Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow (Russia) has been named “ World's Leading Luxury Business Hotel 2014 ”  at the World Travel Awards at the CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa in Anguilla. The  hotel is operated by Carlson Rezidor, one of the most dynamic hotel groups and  the leading international hotel
November 2014
TripAdvisor® GreenLeaders™ programme: Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Brussels Midi awarded Gold Level GreenLeader
Park Inn by Radisson Brussels Midi has been accepted as Gold Level GreenLeader in the TripAdvisor® GreenLeaders™ programme, recognising hotels that engage in environmentally friendly practices and help travellers plan greener stays. As Gold Level Greenleader, the dynamic mid-market hotel has met a
November 2014
Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Brussels Midi awarded TripAdvisor Greenleaders Status
Park Inn by Radisson Brussels Midi has been accepted as Gold Level GreenLeader in the TripAdvisor® GreenLeaders™ programme, recognising hotels that engage in environmentally friendly practices and help travellers plan greener stays. As Gold Level Greenleader, the dynamic mid-market hotel has met a
November 2014
November 2014
TM Travel Awards: Radisson Blu named Best Business Hotel Group in Belgium
On November 14th, the 17th edition of the TM Travel Awards’ ceremony took place in Antwerp at the Hilton Hotel. Radisson Blu was nominated 'Best Business Hotel Group in Belgium'. Gaston Gellens, General Manager of the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Brussels & District Director of Belgium, received the
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Danish Travel Awards: Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Aarhus awarded Denmark’s Best Hotel outside Copenhagen
and Radisson Blu Wins Best Hotel Chain in Denmark Radisson Blu wins again for a second year in a row as Denmark’s best hotel chain and Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Aarhus was also awarded Denmark’s Best Hotel outside Copenhagen. The awards ceremony takes place every year in Copenhagen and is
October 2014
Condé Nast Traveler 2014 Readers' Choice Awards: Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago – Best hotels in Chicago
Admire our fantastic five by Condé Nast Traveler 2014 Readers' Choice Awards Five Carlson Rezidor hotels have earned coveted Condé Nast Traveler 2014 Readers' Choice Awards, which are voted on by our guests and readers of the internationally renowned travel magazine.
October 2014
Condé Nast Traveler 2014 Readers' Choice Awards: Radisson Blu Hotel Berlin – Northern Europe – Top 20 hotels
Admire our fantastic five by Condé Nast Traveler 2014 Readers' Choice Awards Five Carlson Rezidor hotels have earned coveted Condé Nast Traveler 2014 Readers' Choice Awards, which are voted on by our guests and readers of the internationally renowned travel magazine.
October 2014
Condé Nast Traveler 2014 Readers' Choice Awards: Radisson Royal Hotel – Russia – Best hotels in Northern Europe
Admire our fantastic five by Condé Nast Traveler 2014 Readers' Choice Awards Five Carlson Rezidor hotels have earned coveted Condé Nast Traveler 2014 Readers' Choice Awards, which are voted on by our guests and readers of the internationally renowned travel magazine.
October 2014
Condé Nast Traveler 2014 Readers' Choice Awards: Radisson Blu Hotel, Bucharest – Best hotels in Central Europe
Admire our fantastic five by Condé Nast Traveler 2014 Readers' Choice Awards Five Carlson Rezidor hotels have earned coveted Condé Nast Traveler 2014 Readers' Choice Awards, which are voted on by our guests and readers of the internationally renowned travel magazine.
October 2014
Condé Nast Traveler 2014 Readers' Choice Awards: Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino and Spa - Best resorts in the Caribbean
Admire our fantastic five by Condé Nast Traveler 2014 Readers' Choice Awards Five Carlson Rezidor hotels have earned coveted Condé Nast Traveler 2014 Readers' Choice Awards, which are voted on by our guests and readers of the internationally renowned travel magazine.
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Danish Travel Awards: Radisson Blu is for the second year in a row Denmark’s best hotel chain
and Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Aarhus awarded Denmark’s Best Hotel outside Copenhagen Radisson Blu wins again for a second year in a row as Denmark’s best hotel chain and Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Aarhus was also awarded Denmark’s Best Hotel outside Copenhagen.
October 2014
Russian Business Travel & MICE Award: Carlson Rezidor is one of Russias' best hotel groups for MICE-events
The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, the leading international hotel operator in Russia, the CIS and the Baltic States, has been granted the Russian Business Travel & MICE Award as one of three Best Hotel Groups for Business Events at an awards ceremony held in Moscow.
October 2014
Best Employer in Hospitality Awards: Rezidor scoops Best Employer in Hospitality in the UK
Rezidor scoops Best Employer in Hospitality in the UK Caterer.com, an industry leading website, has recognised Rezidor as the Best Employer in Hospitality in the UK for the second time in just three years. The result was announced at The Best Employer in Hospitality Awards ceremony, held in London
October 2014
Danish Travel Awards: Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Aarhus awarded Denmark’s Best Hotel outside Copenhagen
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Aarhus awarded Denmark’s Best Hotel outside Copenhagen and Radisson Blu Wins Best Hotel Chain in Denmark Radisson Blu wins again for a second year in a row as Denmark’s best hotel chain and Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Aarhus was also awarded Denmark’s Best Hotel
September 2014
Green Key Award: Radisson Hotel Astana & Park Inn by Radisson Astana
Radisson Hotel Astana & Park Inn by Radisson Astana awarded Green Key The first "Green Key" certificates in Kazakhstan were awarded to Radisson Hotel Astana and Park Inn by Radisson Astana Radisson Hotel Astana and Park Inn by Radisson Astana (both hotels of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group) are the
September 2014
Norway’s HSMAI Young Leader of the Year Award: Helene Hallre Food & Drinks Manager of Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo wins the “Young Leader in the travel industry” award
Helene Hallre walked away with the prestigious award at the travel industry's own selection of emerging young talent. “On behalf of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, I would like to congratulate Helene on a fantastic award and recognition. We are extremely proud of this achievement by Helene, who is a
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Club Carlson Recognized Among Top Hotel Rewards Programs by U.S. News and World Report
MINNEAPOLIS AND BRUSSELS (August 07, 2014) – Club Carlson SM , the global hotel rewards program from Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group , has been ranked among the top five hotel rewards programs by U.S. News and World Report . The publication evaluated 17 hotel rewards programs and used five key criteria
July 2014
Best new city hotel of 2014 at the CRE Federal Awards: Park Inn by Radisson Yaroslavl
Park Inn by Radisson Yaroslavl was selected as the best new regional hotel of 2014 in Russia at the recent CRE Awards ceremony, held in Sochi on June 26, 2014. CRE Federal Awards (Commercial Real Estate Federal Awards) are widely recognized as one of the most prestigious annual real estate awards
July 2014
Dutch Hotel Award 2014: Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam (Silver)
  02 July 2014 - The Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam won the silver award at the Dutch Hotel Award 2014 , the most prestigious award in the Dutch hotel industry. The Dutch Hotel Award is given to hotels that stand out in the areas of: sales, marketing, communications and PR, human resources, concept
July 2014
Most dynamic company in the hotel industry in Mali: Radisson Blu Hotel, Bamako
On June 14th, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Bamako was awarded as the most dynamic company in the hotel industry in Mali. The hotel has been recognized for its capital expertise, impact on the economy of the country and penetration in the market. Gary Ellis, General Manager of the hotel received the
June 2014
Top Job Employer 2014 in Germany: Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin and Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg
We are proud to announce that Radisson Blu, Berlin and Radisson Blu, Hamburg won Top Job Price as best employer in Hospitality in Germany and 2nd price as best employer overall, now being part of the top 100 best employers in medium-sized business in Germany.
May 2014
Best Bar Tender of the Year in Malta for Theo Antonelli, barman at the Radisson Blu Resort, Malta
Every year the Malta Bar Tender Guild (MBG) organises a competition to spot the ‘Best Bar Tender of the Year’. This year the award was assigned to Theo Antonelli, barman at the Radisson Blu Resort, Malta. “I always wanted to be the winner of a National Cocktail Competition.
May 2014
Marilyn Carlson Nelson one of the 2014 Oslo Business for Peace Award Honorees
MINNEAPOLIS/OSLO (May 16, 2014) – Marilyn Carlson Nelson, former Carlson Chief Executive Officer and chairman emeritus, is one of the 2014 Oslo Business for Peace Award Honorees. The award is the highest form of recognition given to individual business leaders for fostering peace and stability
April 2014
TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2014: 37 Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson hotels received the award
TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, has recognised 37 Carlson Rezidor EMEA properties at it’s TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2014 . Now in it’s twelth year, the awards recognise the world’s most outstanding properties. Out of a list of more than 7,000 hotels worldwide, Radisson Blu
April 2014
Greece's Best conversion and best innovation at the Tourism Awards 2014: Radisson Blu Park Hotel, Athens
Organised by Boussias Communications Company and ‘Hotel & Restaurant’ magazine, and sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism and the Hellenic Tourism Organisation, the first edition of the “Tourism Awards 2014” has taken place in Greece. The Radisson Blu Park Hotel, Athens, stood out for being awarded
March 2014
Venere.com: Top Overall Ratings 2013 for the Park Inn by Radisson Al Khobar
Park Inn by Radisson Al Khobar kicked off 2014 with two new awards. In addition to the ‘TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award 2014’, the hotel captured the attention of Venere.com, the online hotel reservation site featuring more than 135,000 hotels in 30,000 destinations worldwide.
March 2014
The Rezidor Hotel Group is named to Ethisphere's 2014 World Most Ethical Companies list
The Rezidor Hotel Group is pleased to have been awarded the accolade of a 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company™. This is the fifth year running that Rezidor has achieved the title and it reflects their continued commitment to the three pillared responsible business program Think People, Think Together
March 2014
The readers of the Condé Nast Traveler magazine choose the Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow!
On March 17, 2014 during the gala ceremony at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre the names of the winners of the annual “Condé Nast Traveler Awards Russia: Readers' Choice” were announced. The Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow, was warmly applauded when named the “Best city
March 2014
Aclron Restaurant at Radisson Blu Prague once again received the Michelin Star in 2014
Prague, 13 March 2014: The Alcron restaurant at Radisson Blu Hotel, Prague has once again received a Michelin Star. Winning a Michelin Star for the second time is an incredible success since there is no higher appraisal in the world of gastronomy. “We are really very proud to have succeeded in
February 2014
Radisson Blu Hotel Dakar joins Youth Career Initiative
DAKAR (xx February 2014) – The Radisson Blu Hotel Dakar, Senegal’s leading upper upscale hotel, joins Youth Career Initiative, a recognized life and work skills program. The hotel welcomes ten young adults to a six months traineeship. The newcomers are between 20 and 25 years old and are living in
February 2014
Radisson Blu Sweden Wins Grand Travel Award - Best International Hotel Chain.
Grand Travel Awards is organized by Travel News in Stockholm and it is the largest travel industry media in Sweden, both in print and online. The votes are casted by 1,200 travel agents, PCOs, DMCs and travel planners. This is the fourth consecutive year that the Radisson Blu wins this reputable
January 2014
Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson Hotels wins Best International Hotel Chain - Grand Travel Award Norway for the 7th year in a row.
The award is the most prestigious in the Norwegian travel and tourism industry. The Grand Travel Awards are based on votes given by hundreds within the travel industry's travel agents and suppliers. “This award emphasizes  that  Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson is at the top in terms of both
November 2013
Europe's best designed bar is in Gothenburg! Radisson Blu Riverside / Cuckoo’s Nest wins “Best Bar Design”
The “genius” designed bar and restaurant Cuckoo's Nest is part of the recently opened Radisson Blu Riverside Hotel – Gothenburg, Sweden.  The interior design has been inspired by the feature film “A Beautiful Mind”.  According to designer, Erik Nissen Johansen, the design is on the border between
November 2013
Radisson Blu named the Best Hotel Chain at National Geographic Traveler Awards-2013 (Russia)
Radisson Blu has won the prestigious award of the National Geographic Traveler Russia magazine for the second year in a row Radisson Blu , operated by the Carlson Rezidor, the leading international hotel group in Russia, CIS & Baltics, has been honored as the Best Hotel Chain at the National
November 2013
Best Luxury City Hotel Award for Radisson Royal, Dubai
Best Luxury City Hotel Award for Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai, from the prestigious World Luxury Hotel Awards. Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai has been recognized as the Country Winner and won the “Best Luxury City Hotel Award” at “The World Luxury Hotel Awards” ceremony which was held in Phuket on the
November 2013 Sun Gardens, Dubrovnik wins a prestigious award for Best Luxury Coastal Resort in Europe
September 2013
Radisson Royal Moscow makes a big splash
The Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow has made it into the record books with the longest indoor swimming pool in Russia. The world-championship designed pool – using Myrtha® Technology by FINA – has a record-breaking length of 49 metres and a width of 12.5 metres and is filled with water that has passed
September 2013
RBG is Astrakhan’s favourite eatery
Restaurant-goers have named the Park Inn by Radisson Astrakhan RBG Bar & Grill the Best Restaurant in the city for the second time, after voting online through geometria.ru. And their choice was wholeheartedly backed by Geometria’s committee of representatives from the club scene, the restaurant
August 2013
Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton Johannesburg voted the Best Business Hotel in South Africa
Set in the heart of South Africa’s premier financial and business district, the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton Johannesburg has been voted the Best Business Hotel in the country. The coveted award was presented at the annual Business Traveller Africa Awards ceremony held in Sandton in August.
August 2013
Spectacular success at the World Travel Awards
Radisson hotels have triumphed at the 20th World Travel Awards 2013! At a gala event held on the Turkish Riviera in August. Moscow’s Radisson Royal Hotel was heralded with four awards: Europe’s Leading Luxury Business Hotel for the third year running, Europe’s Leading MICE (meetings & events)
August 2013
World’s 6th Best Airport Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel, Zurich Airport
With an impressive 15-metre-high glass wine tower, the classy Radisson Blu Hotel, Zurich Airport has been hailed as one of the world’s Six Best Airport Hotels for Food-minded Travellers by foodrepublic.com. The American foodie website loved the hotel’s prime location, Nordic chic interiors and the
July 2013
Radisson Blu Stansted is the most Environmentally Friendly Company in Essex
There was a double celebration for the team at the Radisson Blu Hotel, London Stansted Airport when the hotel won two prestigious awards in quick succession. The stylish and contemporary property was awarded gold for Access Excellence at the leading meetings and incentive travel awards, celebrating
July 2013
Nordic Swans awarded to Radisson Blu Resort, Trysil and the Park Inn by Radisson, Oslo Airport
A lot of hard work goes into qualifying for the Nordic Swan eco-label and the teams at the Radisson Blu Resort, Trysil and the Park Inn by Radisson, Oslo Airport have gone the extra mile to gain the prestigious award. One of the strictest environmental labels for hotels in the Nordic countries, the
June 2013
Radisson Blu Resort, St Julian’s Malta shakes things up at the World Cocktail Competition (WCC)
Theo Antonelli, the Bars Supervisor at the Radisson Blu Resort, St Julian’s has shaken up the island of Malta to become the national winner of the preliminaries of the World Cocktail Competition (WCC). Held in the hotel’s ballroom in June and organised by local drinks importers with the Maltese
May 2013
Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek rules the BurJuman World Food Fest 2013
Chefs at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek competed against 500 contestants from 65 of the UAE’s finest hotels to take a total of 31 medals at “Treat”, the BurJuman World Food Fest 2013 in May. This was the second annual foodie extravaganza to be staged by the shopping mall and was opened
May 2013
TripAdvisor double Certificates of Excellence for Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City
TripAdvisor has awarded the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City not one but two 2013 Certificates of Excellence – one to the hotel itself and the other to its Italian restaurant Certo. The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve
May 2013
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for Radisson Blu Hotel, Zurich Airport
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Zurich Airport has won TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence 2013. This award is presented to establishments that are given a consistent four to five points by guests on the renowned travellers’ website over 12 months, along with a high volume of up-to-date quality reviews.
April 2013
Park Inn by Radisson Al Khobar wins Best 4 Star Hotel in Saudi Arabia
Once again the Park Inn by Radisson Al Khobar has hit the four-star hotel top spot by winning the 2012 Best 4 Star Hotel in Saudi Arabia award, beating four rivals to the post. The Saudi Excellence in Tourism Awards recognise organisations and individuals within the travel trade that have made a
April 2013
Radisson Blu Resort, Sharjah has been given the top accolade of being the Best Five-Star Hotel
The Radisson Blu Resort, Sharjah has been given the top accolade of being the Best Five-Star Hotel in the Emirate by the Sharjah Commerce & Tourism Development Authority. The SCTDA has been promoting the Emirate as an exceptional tourist destination since 1996, and the Sharjah Tourism Excellence
April 2013
Park Inn by Radisson, Pribaltiyskaya in St Petersburg joins International Spa Association (ISPA)
The Roman Holidays Spa & Wellness Centre at the Park Inn by Radisson, Pribaltiyskaya in St Petersburg is ensuring it maintains high standards and a good reputation by joining the International Spa Association (ISPA). Recognised worldwide as the voice of the spa industry, the ISPA aims to provide
April 2013
Park Inn by Radisson Donetsk has been named the Best New Hotel 2012 in Ukraine and CIS countries
After being open for only nine months, the Park Inn by Radisson Donetsk has been named the Best New Hotel 2012 in Ukraine and CIS countries (former Soviet republics). The hotel received the Mid-Market Category award at the HVS Ukraine & CIS Hospitality Operations Forum in Kiev in April after being
April 2013
TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice® Hotel Awards goes to Radisson Hotel, Kaliningrad
Numerous glowing reviews on TripAdvisor have won the Radisson Hotel, Kaliningrad Number Nine spot in the Top 25 Hotels for Service in Russia in the 2013 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice® Hotel Awards. In a list dominated by Moscow and St Petersburg, the hotel has earned its good reputation through
April 2013
Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha is the first hotel in Qatar’s capital to be certified under ISO 22000:2005
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha is the first hotel in Qatar’s capital to be certified under ISO 22000:2005. This prestigious and highly coveted certification is a globally recognised standard for food safety management systems, and demonstrates the hotel’s commitment to providing the highest quality
March 2013
Rezidor wins World’s Most Ethical Companies for 4th conescutive year
Once again the Rezidor Hotel Group features in the list of the World’s Most Ethical Companies: for the fourth consecutive year, the US think-tank Ethisphere has recognised the company for its real and sustained ethical leadership. “We are extremely proud to have been named one of the World’s Most
March 2013
Travel Industry Club honours Responsible Business programme
Germany’s Travel Industry Club has honoured The Rezidor Hotel Group with the Best Practice Award 2013 for its Group-wide energy-saving initiative “Think Planet”, exemplifying its innovative and forward-looking activities with regard to ecology and corporate social responsibility.
March 2013
Green Key awarded in Donetsk, Istanbul, Alushta
Within their first year of opening, two Carlson Rezidor hotels have gained the sought-after Green Key eco-label. The Park Inn by Radisson, Donetsk and the Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Asia have both met the programme’s strict environmental standards, and Ukraine’s Radisson Resort & Spa, Alushta
March 2013
Radisson Blu Hotel, Gdansk certified allergy-friendly by the European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF)
Guests with allergies can sleep easy at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Gdansk, as it is the first hotel in Poland to have been certified allergy-friendly by the European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF). Deep in the heart of the historic old town, the Green Key hotel offers plant-free rooms
March 2013
Green Key awarded to the entire Belgian portfolio of Rezidor
With the Radisson Blu Palace Hotel and the Radisson Blu Balmoral Hotel, both in Spa, each receiving the Green Key eco-label, the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group in Belgium is now 100% green. With the addition of the Park Inn by Radisson Brussels Midi, all 1,637 rooms of the two brands are Green Key.
March 2013
Park Inn by Radisson, Izhevsk wings the Republic’s Best Hotel of 2012
The first and only international hotel in the capital of the Udmurt Republic, a federal district of Russia, the Park Inn by Radisson, Izhevsk has won the accolade of being the republic’s best hotel of 2012. Its Yes I Can! spirit, international standard of service and Responsible Business programme
March 2013
60+ awards in TripAdvisor’s 2013 Travellers’ Choice® awards for the world’s best hotels!
There’s no better accolade than to be voted the best by the people who know our hotels first-hand: our guests. So we can take great pride in the fact that Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson hotels around the world have garnered 60+ awards in TripAdvisor’s 2013 Travellers’ Choice® awards for the
March 2013
The Rezidor Hotel Group honoured with Best Practice Award 2013
  The Rezidor Hotel Group has been awarded the Travel Industry Club’s Best Practice Award 2013 for its Group-wide energy-saving initiative ‘Think Planet’. The hotel group, with more than 430 hotels and 95,000 rooms in 70 countries, took first place for its innovative and forward-looking actions
March 2013
Radisson Blu wins the Best Hotel in Senegal and Best New Hotel Construction & Design Africa 2012-2013
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Dakar has once again proved to be a top-quality hotel by winning two new awards: Best Hotel in Senegal and Best New Hotel Construction & Design Africa 2012-2013. These follow hot on the heels of the hotel’s International Star for Quality last year and were presented by
March 2013
Kurt Ritter receives Lifetime Award of Travel Industry Club
Kurt Ritter, former President & CEO of The Rezidor Hotel Group, has received the Lifetime Award 2013 of Germany’s Travel Industry Club. “Kurt Ritter is an internationally acclaimed hotelier, and was the driving force behind Rezidor’s success. He has led the company for more than two decades which
March 2013
Alcron at Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel, Prague retains its Michelin star
The Alcron Restaurant in the Art Deco-style Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel, Prague has held onto its Michelin Star for a second year. After receiving the “gastronomic Oscar” in 2012, the restaurant’s team, led by renowned chef Roman Paulus, pulled out all the stops to fulfil guests’ high expectations of
March 2013
Top awards at HORECA Kuwait 2013 Culinary Art Show
The talented chefs of Hotel Missoni Kuwait scooped seven medals at the HORECA Kuwait 2013 Culinary Art Show competition in March, topping the medal table at Kuwait’s prestigious annual Hospitality and Food Exhibition. Chefs Prateek Endlay and Saikat Das each picked up gold in the live cooking
February 2013
Radisson Blu voted Sweden’s Best International Hotel Chain for the third year running
Radisson Blu has been voted Sweden’s Best International Hotel Chain for the third year running. This most prestigious Grand Travel Award is presented by the Swedish Travel and Tourism industry based on votes cast by hundreds of industry professionals. “We’re very proud to receive this prominent
February 2013
HolidayCheck.com awards Radisson Blu hotels in Cologne, Leipzig and Milan
Three Radisson Blu hotels have been voted as being among the 99 most popular hotels in the world by over 60,000 reviewers from 52 countries using the hotel review website HolidayCheck.com. One of the most valuable hotel review platforms in Europe, HolidayCheck has presented the Radisson Blu Hotel,
February 2013
Radisson Blu Hotel, Kiev’s Mille Miglia restaurant wins the top 5-star accolade
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Kiev’s Mille Miglia restaurant has won the top 5-star accolade from the Ukrainian Connoisseur Club for the third time in a row. This popular Italian restaurant, named after the 1920s’ open-road car race and run by Executive Chef Niccolo Rossi, is the only establishment in
February 2013
Martin Lindeberg is Estonia’s Receptionist of the Year 2012
Martin Lindeberg of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Tallinn had plenty to smile about when he won Estonia’s Receptionist of the Year 2012 award. He will now go on to represent his country at AICR International’s World’s Best Receptionist Competition in Rome, competing against top receptionists from 14
February 2013
Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Hotel, Cavan is the leading choice of WeddingsOnline.ie
The Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Hotel, Cavan is confirmed as the place to say “I do” after winning the WeddingsOnline.ie 2013 Award for Lakelands Venue of the Year in February. Over 28,000 brides and grooms nationwide voted for their top suppliers and venues in a wide range of categories, judged by
January 2013
Radisson Blu top for business
Radisson Blu has been named the Business Hotel Group of the Year by Travel Magazine, Belgium’s leading magazine for the professional travel industry. Gaston Gellens, General Manager of the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Brussels, and Willem Van der Zee, Area Vice President Central Europe Radisson Blu,
January 2013
Rezidor is Best International Hotel Chain in Norway
For the sixth year in a row Carlson Rezidor has been voted the Best International Hotel Chain in Norway by the Norwegian Travel and Tourism industry, and for the third consecutive year the Best National Hotel Chain, winning Norway’s prestigious Grand Travel Award in January.
January 2013
UAE Chefs entered in Guinness Book of World Records
Too many cooks broke a world record by becoming the World’s Largest Gathering of Chefs in Uniform in January. More than 2,500 chefs from the Emirates hotels – including teams from the Radisson Blu Resort, Fujairah, the Radisson Royal Hotel, Dubai, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City and the
January 2013
UAE’s Concierge Team of the Year 2012
The Radisson Royal Hotel, Dubai won a clutch of awards for its Yes I Can! service in January, when the 11th Annual Concierge Competition attracted 38 teams of customer service staff from 5-star hotels in Dubai. The hotel’s Concierge Team - led by Naji Khatar - was chosen as the Concierge Team of
January 2013
Radisson Blu Hotel, Stansted Airport hit the number one spot in laterooms.com’s Top Ten Airport Hotels
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Stansted Airport hit the number one spot in laterooms.com’s Top Ten Airport Hotels in the website’s Simply the Guest 2012 awards in January. These awards are based purely on guest feedback in the UK, compiled from a bank of 1.4 million guest stays booked through the website
December 2012 Radisson Blu Belorusskaya Hotel, Moscow certified by ABT
The Radisson Blu Belorusskaya Hotel, Moscow has been officially certified a Business and Conference Hotel by the Russian Association of Business Travel (ABT). A corporate travel buyer-driven association, the ABT launched the certification programme to promote the development of business travel in Russia by creating a comprehensive list of hotels suitable for international business. The Belorusskaya is one of 13 certified hotels on the list. “This certification allows us to build and continue to grow our business within the Moscow market,” said General Manager Deborah Haines.
December 2012 Tripoli employee honoured for 20 years’ service
The Radisson Blu Al Mahary Hotel, Tripoli recently honoured Credit Manager Ezhu Gafoor and presented him with a diamond Yes I Can! pin to mark an incredible 20 years’ service.
December 2012 Radisson Blu Kuwait employees accumulate 500-year service record
Last year a total of 43 employees at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Kuwait received Recognition Certificates and diamond Yes I Can! pins, marking some 500 years of service with the hotel! Special recognition went to Yousef Puthiya Purayil from Front Office for reaching his remarkable 30-year landmark. Five of his colleagues were rewarded for 25 years’ service, another five for 20 years, seven for 15 years, three celebrated 10 years and 22 picked up their first five-year diamonds.
December 2012 Moscow’s Radisson Royal voted World's Leading Luxury Business Hotel at WTA 2012
The Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow, a historical landmark in the capital, has once again been voted the World's Leading Luxury Business Hotel. At the gala ceremony of the World Travel Awards 2012, held in India in December, Radisson’s Russian flagship was recognised for the second year running as the best for business by travel professionals from 200 countries. Also known historically as the Ukraina, the Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow, one of the legendary Seven Sisters, celebrated its 55th anniversary at a glittering gala dinner the evening before. This award was the eighth the property has received since reopening in 2010 after modernisation.
December 2012 Park Inn by Radisson Oslo is first Park Inn brand hotel in Norway to gain Eco-Swan
The Park Inn by Radisson Oslo is the first hotel of the Park Inn brand in Norway to receive the revered Nordic Eco “Swan” certificate. “Being an eco-hotel demands environmental commitment from our staff, subcontractors and partners. We’re ready to make that commitment and contribute to a better world,” said General Manager Karl Einar Sundby Baggos. Chief Technician Clayt La Motte was on a high when he received the certificate from Alvhild Hedstein, Director of Nordic Eco Label Norway.
December 2012 Carlson Rezidor wins two HSMAI awards in Norway
Carlson Rezidor bagged two prestigious awards for Service Excellence at the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Norway Chapter Annual Awards – one for its Yes I Can! programme and the other for Best Service in Norway. Mari Myrseth, Director of Sales at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia, Oslo, was nominated Young Leader of the Year. Representing the entire global hospitality industry, HSMAI aims to recognise exceptional customer service. “It is our employees who strive to deliver our Yes I Can! service and we have invested significantly in skills and career development,” said Tarje Hellebust, District Director & General Manager of the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo.
December 2012 Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel, Turku’s reception best place to work
The reception of the Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel, Turku has been identified as one of the best places to work within the S Group, owner of Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts in Finland, and has been rewarded with 1,000 euros for further development of its “fit for work” programme.
December 2012 Radisson Blu Zurich Airport’s Deputy General Manager celebrates 10 years’ service
During the press conference for the opening of the new meeting area at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Zurich Airport, Willem van der Zee, Area Vice President for Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Southeast Europe, congratulated Deputy General Manager Helge Luetters on 10 years of exemplary service. Helge was also responsible for overseeing the huge reconstruction and expansion project for the meeting area and is a great example of our Yes I Can! philosophy.
December 2012 Silver Chef Guild medal for Radisson Blu Hotel, Muscat
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Muscat took a silver medal at the Oman Chef Guild competition organised by the National Hospitality Institute last autumn. Two of the 4-star hotel’s chefs were among 10 teams of two representing top-class properties around the Sultanate and faced tough opposition, beating the Shangri-La and coming second to the Ritz-Carlton.
December 2012 Radisson Blu Lietuva’s bartender third in cocktail final
At the top of Montparnasse Tower, in the sky above Paris, the French drinks flavouring company Monin celebrated its centenary with 27 young cocktail makers and shakers from all over Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. Competing in the Monin Cup Final for the best cocktails, the participants were all aged under 27 and had already won first prize in their national competitions. Vilnius’s Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva’s Skybar bartender Tadas Dvarvytis came third in the final after demonstrating his talent by creating a short alcoholic cocktail and a non-alcoholic long drink from a mystery box.
November 2012
Lifetime Achievement Award for Kurt Ritter at European Hospitality Awards 2012
Rezidor’s President & CEO honoured at gala event in London Rezidor’s President & CEO Kurt Ritter has received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the European Hospitality Awards 2012. During a gala event at the prestigious The Landmark hotel in London, Ritter was honoured for his extraordinary
November 2012 Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport is finalist in European Hotel Design Awards
The Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious European Hotel Design Awards. The GBP 22 million, year-old luxury property is up against two other hotels – one in Athens and the other in Milan – for the best Sustainable Hotel Design. The award is for a hotel that has been developed using sustainable and environmentally friendly principles through innovative design and architecture. With a power plant fuelled by recycled cooking oil, and a 62,500-litre underground storage tank for grey water, East Midlands is the most efficient in Rezidor’s European portfolio of over 400 hotels.
November 2012 Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport is finalist in European Hotel Design Awards
The Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious European Hotel Design Awards. The GBP 22 million, year-old luxury property is up against two other hotels – one in Athens and the other in Milan – for the best Sustainable Hotel Design. The award is for a hotel that has been developed using sustainable and environmentally friendly principles through innovative design and architecture. With a power plant fuelled by recycled cooking oil, and a 62,500-litre underground storage tank for grey water, East Midlands is the most efficient in Rezidor’s European portfolio of over 400 hotels.
November 2012 Medals galore at SIAL culinary competition in Dubai
The team of eight chefs at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek have plenty to be proud of: in the La Cuisine by SIAL culinary competition at the SIAL Middle East 2012 exhibition in November, they walked away with a total of five gold medals, fourteen silver and six bronze. Competing against 300 chefs in the second biggest competition in the Middle East, the hotel’s chefs won the trophy in all three main categories for Best Cuisine (Chef Amila Shamika Rupasingha), Best Pastry Chef (Wengappuli Arachchige Saachithra Danendra) and Best Kitchen Artist (Rovart Cagayat, defending his 2011 title).
November 2012 300 years’ worth of diamond pins for Norwegian staff
Staff at the four Radisson Blu hotels in or near Helsinki (Royal, Plaza, Seaside and Espoo) received a grand total of 300 years’ worth of diamond pins in November. Many were celebrating 15 years of service, having worked at the legendary Radisson SAS Hesperia Hotel when it opened in 1997.
November 2012 Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group honoured as Hotel Group of the Year at Worldwide Hospitality Awards 2012

The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has been honoured as Hotel Group of the Year at the Worldwide Hospitality Awards 2012. At the gala event in Paris, Carlson President & CEO Trudy Rautio and Rezidor President & CEO Kurt Ritter received the prestigious trophy for the Group’s outstanding achievements in four complementing areas: development, innovation, human resources and business performance. “The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group launched earlier this year in January. To be chosen as the world’s best hotel company in our first year is a great honour,” they commented. “It’s a fantastic compliment to our teamwork. Our dedicated people have proven that our Yes I Can! philosophy resonates around the world – a huge thank-you to all our 80,000 employees in 81 countries.”

The Worldwide Hospitality Awards were created by Georges Panayotis, President & CEO, MKG Group, as an international competition and opportunity for hotel groups to highlight their exemplary achievements. The jury for the “grand prix” of Hotel Group of the Year consists of readers of the renowned trade magazine Hospitality-On.

November 2012 Best hotel in the state of Saxony-Anhalt: Radisson Blu Hotel, Halle-Merseburg
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Halle-Merseburg was declared the best hotel in the state of Saxony-Anhalt in November by the German Hotel and Catering Association (DEHOGA). The 4-star Superior hotel outclassed 233 other hotels to retain its crown for the second time. General Manager Shereen Amin said, “We live our Yes I Can! philosophy. My inspiration comes from these words: who stops getting better, stops being good.”
November 2012 Historic Cannes hotel certified Green Key
The Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel & Thalasso, Cannes was awarded the globally recognised Green Key eco-label in November, the premier international environmental certificate for tourist accommodation and restaurants. The hotel met the criteria for the award with its large windows and mirrors that optimise natural light, by using the energy from the Thalasso machines to refresh the meeting rooms and by offering guests non-polluting Segways to get around on. The hotel has also reduced its electricity usage by 19% since 2011 by installing motion sensors and LED lighting, and water by 15% with flow reducers.
November 2012 Hospitality Manager of the Year CPD
Training and Development Manager Martin Beirne at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Galway is the first to receive the Irish Hospitality Institute’s Hospitality Manager of the Year CPD (Continuous Professional Development) 2012 award. To earn this new accolade, sponsored by the Irish Institute of Training & Development (IITD), Martin proved not only that he had an exceptional ability to manage but that he also excelled in CPD, specifically in training and career development.
November 2012 Radisson Blu Centrum Hotel, Warsaw recognises loyal service
The Radisson Blu Centrum Hotel, Warsaw not only celebrated its tenth anniversary with a stylish party in November, but also honoured 35 members of the 140-strong staff who had been with the property since the beginning, creating a long-term relationship with the establishment akin to a family. The hotel is very proud of its exceptional family team, helping it to stand out from other hotels.
October 2012 Sheaf of awards for Dubrovnik Sun Gardens

The Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Dubrovnik Sun Gardens, has recently won a clutch of accolades, after being named Best Beach Resort Europe at the World Luxury Travel Awards 2012 as well as receiving the 5* Award for Best Resort, Croatia at the International Hotel Awards 2012. Both titles confirm its status as a prime destination resort on a national and international scale and recognise its dedication to upholding the highest of standards.

The resort also provides second-home buyers with the rare opportunity for freehold ownership on the Adriatic coast in the form of 207 fully appointed residences. The combination of developing an attractive real estate offering alongside a five-star resort led to impressive recognition at the recent Overseas Property Professional Awards for Excellence 2012, where the residences took home Gold in the categories Best Developer Europe and Best Global Developer. Meanwhile, the resort was Highly Commended in the Development of Multiple Units Croatia category at the International Property Awards.

October 2012 World Luxury Hotel Awards 2012 winners

The Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow has scooped one of the world’s most prestigious tributes for luxury hotels, taking the title of best Luxury Hotel in Europe at the glittering gala ceremony of the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2012 (WLHA) in Kuala Lumpur. Aiming to provide top-class establishments with recognition for their world-class facilities and service, the WLHA cover a wide range of categories on a country, continental and global basis, from bush lodges to island resorts.

Two of Rezidor’s Croatia hotels netted Luxury Beach Resort trophies as well, with the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Dubrovnik Sun Gardens winning the best in Europe, and the Radisson Blu Resort, Split the best in Croatia.

October 2012 Two green awards for Radisson Blu Resort, Sharjah
Not only was the Radisson Blu Resort, Sharjah proclaimed to have the Best Waste Water Management Project of the Year at the Green Middle East Awards for Environmental Excellence in Sharjah, it was also nominated for the Best Alternative Energy Project. The Resort’s Grey Water Recycling Project saves around 33,000 gallons of water every day and the switch from diesel to gas is reducing the hotel’s carbon footprint by 29% per month.
October 2012 Star chef at Hotel Expo 2012
Chef Alaa El Din Mabrouk was the star of the show for the Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo Heliopolis when he won two top awards at the HACE – Hotel Expo 2012, one of Egypt’s largest exhibitions for hotel suppliers. Alaa, who joined the hotel as Demi Chef two years ago and is now Chef de Partie at the Filini restaurant, scooped first prize for his delicious dishes in the Makro Black Box competition for the second consecutive year, as well as winning the Al Wataniya Chicken Dish competition.
October 2012 Double bronze for Maltese Culinary Team at Culinary Olympics
The 10-strong Maltese Culinary Team netted two bronze medals in October at the IKA/Culinary Olympics, the world’s largest and most prestigious gastronomic competition. Competing in Germany against more than 1,500 chefs from 45 countries, Malta’s team included two chefs from the Radisson Blu Hotel Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands: Head Patissier Jimmy Aquilina and his assistant Paul Camilleri. Traditional Maltese ingredients were used in their winning dishes and the team plans to enter the Culinary World Cup in 2014 and the next IKA/Culinary Olympics in 2016.
October 2012 Belfast’s Radisson Blu awarded one of first Gold Star Service Excellence accreditations

The Radisson Blu Hotel, Belfast has achieved a Gold Star Service Excellence accreditation in the pilot programme of this new scheme, designed to bring professional and effective international customer service practices into common use in Northern Ireland businesses. Based on research into international approaches to building world-class service excellence and developed in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, the scheme aims to help businesses develop and showcase their offering by putting customers and customer support systems at the core of what they do.

Having undergone a comprehensive adjudication process, through workshops, assessments, analysis and presentation of all customer processes at the hotel for the past three years, combined with its excellent results and proven track record, this stylish and popular Belfast city hotel was awarded one of the first six Gold Star accreditations.

October 2012 Park Inn by Radisson Uno City Vienna gains Eco Quality Label for Tourism
The Park Inn by Radisson Uno City Vienna has officially been awarded the Austrian eco-label for accommodation services by the Federal Environment Ministry for the fourth consecutive time. In addition, the hotel received the Austrian Energy Efficiency Programme Award for the first time. The Eco Quality Label for Tourism is a national environmental programme specifically designed for the tourism and hospitality industry. Action is focused on the areas of solid waste, waste water, energy efficiency, ecological purchasing and environmentally friendly cleaning practices.
October 2012 Triumphs at World Travel Awards

Our Russian hotels continue to take top awards and gain global recognition! The Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow has been selected as Europe's Leading Luxury Business Hotel for a second year and Russia’s Leading Luxury Hotel for the third time at the World Travel Awards in Portugal in October. It was also heralded as Europe’s Leading Landmark Hotel. Described as the “Oscars of the travel industry”, the awards are decided by 213,000 travel professionals voting in more than 160 countries.

Other Radisson Blu winners include Berlin, Germany’s Leading Business Hotel; Astorija Vilnius, Lithuania’s Leading Business Hotel; and Alesund, Norway’s Leading Business Hotel.

October 2012 Best Social Media Campaign for Radisson Blu Hotel, Uppsala
The new Radisson Blu Hotel, Uppsala has a big presence on Facebook with its message to “upgrade”, winning the hotel a Gold M for Best Social Media Campaign at Uppsala’s annual Media Day in October. Opened in May last year, the hotel set out to deliver an “upgraded concept” through social media sites such as Facebook. “We had several ways to communicate our message: ‘Upgrade your meeting’, ‘Upgrade your after work’ or ‘Upgrade your dreams’. Uppsala finally has a 5-star hotel that can deliver Yes I Can! service,” says General Manager Ann-Sophie Myrefelt.
October 2012 Carlson Rezidor’s record number of nominations at Middle East Hotel Awards – and one outstanding winner

Nicolas Fernandez of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City is Green Hotelier of the Year! Green-fingered Nicolas impressed the judges at the Middle East Hotel Awards for going above and beyond his role as Chief Engineer when it came to green issues - delivering phenomenally successful water-saving and recycling initiatives, as well as striving to achieve Responsible Business practices throughout the hotel. He has also used his many talents to support the local community. The judges also commended the fact that many of his creative ideas have since been rolled out to other Rezidor hotels as best practice.

Carlson Rezidor was nominated in four other categories, the highest number of nominations ever received by one hotel group at the Middle East Hotel Awards.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek
Unsung Hero of the Year

Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa, Bahrain 
Unsung Hero of the Year

Klara Zakis 
PR Manager of the Year

Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City
Sommelier of the Year

October 2012 Stockholm employee chosen as Valedictorian
Marcus Gronwall, Inhouse Sales/Meetings & Events Coordinator at the Radisson Blu Strand Hotel, Stockholm was chosen as Valedictorian out of 59 students when he graduated in International Hospitality Management from the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management.
October 2012 Radisson Blu Resort, El Quseir winner on review sites
The Radisson Blu Resort, El Quseir has been recognised by two independent travel websites. One of the largest travel review sites in Europe, with over 1.5 million visitors a month, Zoover.com had recommended the resort to its members over the past 12 months. Based on members’ votes, it has been named Zoover’s Best Hotel in El Quseir for 2012 and the ninth top hotel in the whole of Egypt. The second accolade is the award of a Certificate of Excellence 2012 from the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor, which delivers these certificates to hotels that consistently receive excellent ratings from its members.
October 2012 Radisson Blu Split first Croatian Green Key-certified hotel
The Radisson Blu Resort, Split has become the very first hotel in Croatia to receive Green Key certification. Management praised the fantastic display of teamwork during the challenging pre-audit period and the team can be very proud of their achievement.
September 2012 Four awards for Park Inn by Radisson Astrakhan on Russia’s International Tourism Day
Only one year after opening, the Park Inn by Radisson Astrakhan was presented with no fewer than four prestigious awards by the Astrakhan Ministry of Sport and Tourism on Russia’s International Tourism Day in September. Not only was it chosen by the public online as the best hotel and restaurant in the city, its active commitment to the company’s Responsible Business programme - working with orphanages, cleaning the city beach, feeding the poor and fundraising - also earned it the award for Best Charity Participation. And to top off a successful first year, the Ministry presented the hotel with the Breakthrough of the Year award.
September 2012 Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek is multiple winner at BurJuman World Food Fest 2012
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek won a sheaf of awards – 15 gold medals, 7 silver, 5 bronze and 4 diplomas – at Dubai’s renowned “Treat” – the BurJuman World Food Fest 2012. In addition, its chefs took first, second, third and fifth places in the hotly contested BurJuman Junior Chef 2012. As a bonus, the Emirates Culinary Guild awarded the hotel with its prestigious certificate of Appreciation for the Best Effort by an Individual Establishment.
September 2012 Cairo Heliopolis named Egypt’s Best Hotel for Supporting the Environment
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo Heliopolis was named Egypt’s Best Hotel for Supporting the Environment by the Minister for Tourism on World Tourism Day in September. The coveted Certificate of Excellence was awarded to the hotel for its total commitment to protecting the environment and utilising sustainable resources in all its activities, as well as for supporting Egyptian tourism.
September 2012 Chef at Radisson Blu Resort, Fujairah takes gold in East Coast Culinary Competition
The Radisson Blu Resort, Fujairah triumphed at the East Coast Culinary Competition in Fujairah. Chef Pankaj won gold for his pastry showpiece, Chef Cherry Ann took silver in the Individual Meat/Lamb Static, and bronze medals went to Chef Gayan and Chef Wajid. The hotel also scooped some merits, resulting in a total of seven awards.
September 2012 Radisson crowned Best Hotel Chain in Russia at National Geographic Traveler Awards 2012
Radisson received the award for the Best Hotel Chain in Russia at the National Geographic Traveler Awards 2012 in Moscow. The choice was made by the public via the magazine’s Russian website, which asked people to vote for their favourite places to visit and for companies that offer travellers the best facilities. The first international hotel brand to offer free internet service seven years ago, Radisson has been a serial winner with its seven Russian properties; two more – a beach hotel and a ski resort – will soon open in Sochi.
September 2012 International Star for Quality goes to Dakar’s Radisson Blu Hotel
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Dakar left the 37th International Star for Quality Convention in Geneva with its highest accolade. Awarded by the Business Initiative Directions, the International Star for Quality award celebrated the hotel’s top-quality customer satisfaction, excellence in leadership and management, innovation, business and brand-name prestige.
August 2012 Two Georgian hotels now eco-labelled
The Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel, Tbilisi and the Radisson Blu Hotel, Batumi have been awarded the Green Key eco-label, a globally recognised eco-certificate. To gain this certification, hotels have to fulfil a wide range of environmental requirements to prove their sense of responsibility for their surroundings and local community. The two Georgian hotels set themselves clear targets to reduce their environmental impact through saving water and electricity as well as educating staff, guests and their suppliers on their Responsible Business practices. Torbjorn Bodin, Batumi’s General Manager, said, “The fact that both our hotels became Green Key-certified so shortly after opening is a testament to our hard work and commitment to Responsible Business.”
July 2012 Top honours for Radisson Blu Hotel, Leeds team at Leeds Hotel Association Awards
The great and good of the hospitality industry in Leeds stepped out in stunning and striking colours at the recent Bollywood-inspired Leeds Hotel Association Awards. With a total of seven awards on offer, the team from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Leeds were delighted to win two Gold and two Silver – beating stiff competition from local competitors, including Marriott, Hilton, Devere and Q Hotels. It was a proud night for Sales Manager Natalie Boyne (Gold – Rising Star) and Meetings & Events Coordinator Adeel Mir (Gold – Leeds Ambassador), who both took home top honours in their respective categories. As further evidence of the Yes I Can! attitude showcased by the entire hotel team, Front Office Shift Leader Emma Hunt was awarded Silver for Excellent Customer Service, while the hotel’s sales team were runners-up in the Bright Idea category.
July 2012 Radisson Blu Hotel, Zurich Airport voted Switzerland’s most popular business hotel by hotel.info
hotel.info, a free hotel reservation service for companies and individuals, with more than 210,000 hotels worldwide, took a close look at the behaviour of its business customers and announced the Radisson Blu Hotel, Zurich Airport to be the most popular business hotel in Switzerland. Business travellers are particularly enthusiastic about its location with direct access to the airport.
July 2012 Christian Gartmann honoured with Carlson Fellowship

Christian Gartmann, Area Vice President, The Nordics, has been honoured with a Carlson Fellowship. During the glittering award ceremony, held in June in Minneapolis, the Rezidor veteran entered the legendary Carlson Hall of Fame. The Carlson Fellowship award was established by Curt Carlson in 1988 during Carlson’s 50th anniversary year, and since then has honoured employees and business partners for their outstanding contribution and commitment to the company. Carlson Fellows represent the best of the best – people who show great strength of character as well as leadership and dedication, and who embody the Carlson Rezidor ideals not only within the company, but in all aspects of business.

To date, 278 Carlson Fellows have received this honour, including the former US President George Bush Sr and Queen Silvia of Sweden. Members of the prestigious club also include Hubert Joly, Kurt Ritter, Trudy Rautio, Knut Kleiven and Finn Schulz. Please join us in congratulating, saluting and celebrating Christian’s fantastic new achievement and career milestone.

Recipients of the 2011 Carlson Fellowship are:

Doug Anderson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT)
Judy Dodson, Senior Director, Corporate Services, Carlson Restaurants 
Joe Ihrke, Senior Vice President, Carlson Holdings, Inc. 
Thorsten Kirschke, President, Americas, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group 
Ronnie Lobo, Vice President of Operations, Asia Pacific, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group 
Gordon McKinnon, Executive Vice President and Chief Branding Officer, Carlson 
Carl Robie, Vice President, Strategic Sourcing, Carlson Restaurants 
Craig Thompson, General Manager, Military Markets, CWT SatoTravel 
Andrew Waller, Executive Vice President, CWT

“Throughout his career, Christian Gartmann has exhibited consistent dedication to the interests of the company and has been a key contributor to our development, maintaining a sharp focus on delivering a quality customer experience while effectively keeping costs in check. He has never shied away from taking the right decisions even when they are the difficult and unpopular ones. He has proven himself as a leader who leads by example and has the complete trust of his team.” – Hubert Joly

“Golfer Jack Nicklaus said, ‘Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one’s levels of aspiration and expectation.’ These new Carlson Fellows constantly raise the level of aspiration and exceed expectations. You 11 are the keepers of the Carlson flame; you were chosen from more than 170,000 employees to receive this great honour. You live the Carlson Credo.” – Marilyn Carlson Nelson

July 2012 Rezidor honours 45 years of loyal service

In these days of increasing demands and continual change, 45 years in the same company seems a little out of fashion. And meeting a man who is celebrating 45 years of service, isn’t that like digging up a prehistoric fossil? Well, when the company is Rezidor and the man is Børge Lunde Nielsen, it certainly isn’t. We asked him how he and the company have survived 45 years together.

Børge, how did it all start? 
I was working at a hotel in the sticks when I heard that the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen was looking for an Assistant Concierge. I got an interview, but when I saw the huge, elegant building and the impressive doorman, I was ready to take the next train back. I finally plucked up my courage, went in – and got the job. That was in 1961.

But you’re not a concierge now? 
No, but there are many similarities between my present job and that of concierge, which is a 100% service function. Sort of making the impossible possible – that’s what made it so interesting. Over the years, however, the guests became more “self-service” minded and I found the job less stimulating. Besides, I was 38 and had reached a ceiling as First Concierge. If I was going to try something else, it was now or never. I got the job as Manager of the Saga cinemas and later as Assistant Manager at another hotel, but then the Royal Hotel made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. I returned to the concierge desk, convinced that I was going to spend the rest of my professional life there.

Still a concierge, then? 
Yes, but in between I’d done a lot of creative work, such as advertising and magazines. I was involved in founding the hotel’s employee magazine. Then one day I was offered a position as PR Manager. I talked to my wife and decided to take on the challenge, a decision that changed our lives drastically.

How does Cornerstone fit into the picture?
After I’d spent a while as a one-man-department in charge of PR, advertising and print production for the Danish hotels, the Head Office moved from Oslo to Brussels. I started to lay out and produce hotline and later the Win cost-saving project was launched – jobs that lead to Creative Corner being set up 19 years ago. I got a secretary and the first DTP assistant, Jan, who’s still with us, now as Director Project Management and Studio.

The company has grown a bit since then, hasn’t it? 
Indeed, but so have we! We started with three people, two computers and a black-and-white printer. Today, we have 32 staff and all the latest equipment. And besides providing Head Office and the hotels with graphic materials, one of the cornerstones of our activities is to help newcomers in the conversion process, drawing on my own experience going from Concierge to Director Advertising and Production. Apart from a few basic qualifications, it’s been about learning on the job, but I’ve had very good mentors. Alberto Kappenberger, whose name is synonymous with service, Alfred Andersen and Poul Moen – two of the best concierges in the world, and Tor Hamnes, Kappenberger’s successor, who gave me the freedom to realise ideas and projects. “It’s easier to get forgiveness than permission,” he once said – words I took to heart! Last, but not least, Haakon Flak, who gave me one challenge after another. He could drive me crazy, but he’s the one who allowed both Cornerstone and I to develop. Today, he is much more than my old boss – he’s also a very good friend.

45 years with one company – it’s a long journey!
It has been rewarding and fun, frustrating at times and lots of hard work. But if you believe in what you’re doing, and people believe in you, it’s worth it. I feel privileged and realise that few companies would be prepared to give a man of my age with no proper theoretical background such a chance of a lifetime to build up a unique function like Cornerstone. And I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by people who stand up for their job and the department and take up every challenge with true Yes I Can! attitude.

So now retirement is on the horizon - what then?
I don't give my age much thought, and there are still challenges ahead. I won't sit back twiddling my thumbs. Several projects come to mind and I look forward to spending more time with my family. I will see my grandchildren and meet with good friends and colleagues to relive memories of many years in a great company.

July 2012 Green Key for Park Inn Sheremetyavo

The Park Inn Sheremetyavo has received the Green Key eco-label, making it the very first recipient in Moscow and only the 7th hotel in Russia to obtain this coveted certification. The hotel team did a wonderful job achieving the highest results of all the Russian hotels audited this year. “The Green Key helps to create environmental awareness among staff and make them true Responsible Business ambassadors in their interaction with the guests,” commented General Manager Gerard Kelly. “It connects with our company-wide Responsible Business programme and speaks to eco-conscious travellers.”

Currently 180 Rezidor hotels (or 55%) are eco-labelled. Rezidor aims to have all its hotels eco-certified by 2015.

July 2012 Radisson Blu Hotel, Muscat receives Special Commendation for “Green Campaign of the Year”
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Muscat received a Special Commendation at the third annual Oman Green Awards in the category “Green Campaign of the Year”, beating other major hotel chains and brands, and was also shortlisted in two other categories: Green Footprint and Green Guardian. Commenting on the achievement, General Manager Marius Wolmarans said, “Our Responsible Business and green ethos are engrained in our everyday operations. Thanks to Carlson Rezidor projects like Think Planet, we are leading the way in this area in Oman and continue to be recognised for our ongoing efforts.”
May 2012 Carlson Rezidor’s UK national sales team triumph at inaugural People Awards

Carlson Rezidor’s UK national sales team members triumphed at the inaugural People Awards in London recently. Lee Morgan, National Sales Manager – Government, was named Business Development Manager of the Year, with his colleague Kaarin Chadwick, National Sales Manager, being highly commended in the same category. Meanwhile the Carlson Rezidor national sales team were proud to be announced as runners-up in the Sales Team of the Year category.

The Business Travel Magazine launched the People Awards in 2012 as a way of recognising excellence in business travel. These awards acknowledge individuals and teams within the industry whose professionalism and business excellence make them stand out from their industry peers.

May 2012 Carlson Rezidor hotels are popular choice for TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence

TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence programme honours hospitality excellence. The accolade is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. Approximately 10% of accommodations listed receive this prestigious recognition. The programme does not replace the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards, but is an extension of TripAdvisor’s recognition of highly rated businesses, as reviewed by travellers on the world’s largest travel site. Established in 2002, the Travellers’ Choice Award is the highest honour TripAdvisor can bestow. The only travel industry awards based on millions of reviews and opinions from travellers around the world, these annual awards reflect “the best of the best” for service, quality and customer satisfaction. A host of Carlson Rezidor hotels hold a Certificate of Excellence and feature on the 2012 Travellers’ Choice Award list!

Congratulations to our winners!

  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Alexandria
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Biarritz
  • Radisson Blu EU Hotel, Brussels
  • Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Brussels
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo Heliopolis
  • Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Hotel, Cavan
  • Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen
  • Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin
  • Radisson Blu Media Harbour Hotel, Düsseldorf
  • Radisson Blu Resort, El Quseir
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Gdansk
  • Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Gothenburg
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg Airport
  • Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, Istanbul
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Leipzig
  • Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow
  • Radisson Blu Hotel Nydalen, Oslo
  • Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Rostock
  • Radisson Blu Hotel i Papirfabrikken, Silkeborg
  • Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, Stockholm
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Trondheim Airport
  • Radisson Blu Centrum Hotel, Warsaw
  • Park Inn Ekaterinburg
  • Park Inn by Radisson Krakow
  • Park Inn by Radisson Oslo
  • Hotel Missoni Edinburgh
May 2012 Cairo Heliopolis wins platinum award as Best Price Value Hotel at 2012 MENA Travel Awards
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo Heliopolis has won a platinum award as the Best Price Value Hotel at the 2012 MENA Travel Awards, which honour top performers in the hospitality industry throughout the Middle East and North Africa region. A total of 53 awards were presented in 16 selected industry categories.
May 2012 Cologne’s Radisson Blu recognised for excellent education and training
The German Federal Employment Agency, which honours businesses and organisations that are renowned for their continuous high standard of apprenticeship, has awarded the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cologne with a certificate for excellent education and training. The ceremony was attended by General Manager Juergen Wirtz, Human Resources Manager Gabriele Trodtfeld and two current trainees, Rania Obeid and Fabian Kloeckner.
May 2012 Hotel Missoni Kuwait hits the Conde Nast Hot List
Hotel Missoni Kuwait is one of the world’s 121 hottest new hotels, according to Conde Nast Traveler’s 2012 Hot List published in May. The first hotel from Kuwait to be included in the highly influential listing for new and cutting-edge hotels, it ticked all the boxes for impeccable service, excellent food, beautiful grounds and “a bed so plush that you dread going home”. It also hit the “Hottie” list (for little details that elevate a hotel from “likeable” to “lovable”) for Best Airport Transfer – in a Maserati – and was lauded for its “efficient business base” for those working while they travel.
May 2012 Hotel Missoni Kuwait announced Best Hospitality Company of the Year 2012
Hotel Missoni Kuwait was recently announced Best Hospitality Company of the Year 2012 at the Arabian Business Achievement Awards, held in Kuwait in May. Each year, these awards celebrate outstanding performers in business achievement, on both a corporate and an individual level. Arabian Business is the premier business magazine in the Middle East. General Manager Alfio Bernardini said, “This award is of great value to us and is dedicated to each and every person who gave their time and effort to ensure that the hotel stood out on the Kuwaiti hospitality map.”
May 2012 Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City close second at Middle East Hotel Awards 2012
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City came a close second in the “Sustainable Initiative” category at the recently held Middle East Hotel Awards 2012, part of the annual trade forum, the Hotel Show. The hotel’s achievement was due to a variety of ongoing sustainable initiatives, ranging from an eco-roundabout to an airco water recycling programme.
April 2012 Kurt Ritter enters the Hall of Fame

Rezidor’s President & CEO Kurt Ritter is a new member of the British Travel Industry Hall of Fame. The prestigious award was presented at the Hall of Fame’s Annual Dinner at the Savoy Hotel in London in April, and honours Ritter “for having created a major and highly successful leading organisation in the global travel and hospitality industry”.

“I am very honoured to be a new member of the British Travel Industry Hall of Fame,” said Ritter. “This award gives me great motivation to continue my work in the world of hospitality. Our industry is one of the most prosperous global businesses, and we are dedicated to serving our guests in hotels with clearly defined brands and innovative, personalised services. A hotel will never be a standardised machine, but always a true people business.”

Kurt Ritter’s charisma, his genuine belief in hospitality, and his straightforward approach are admired and recognised throughout the industry. Ritter was Corporate Hotelier of the World 2002, received the International Hotel Investment Forum Lifetime Achievement Award 2004, and the MKG Lifetime Achievement Award 2008. He also holds two Honorary Doctorates from Johnson & Wales University, Providence (USA), and Oxford Brookes University (UK).

The British Travel Industry Hall of Fame was created in 1995 to honour the most outstanding achievements in the British and international travel & tourism sector. Among its members are leading lights such as Thomas Cook (founder of Thomas Cook), Sir Richard Branson (founder of Virgin), and Lord Forte of Ripley (founder of Forte Hotels). Curtis Carlson, founder of Carlson, and his daughter Marilyn Carlson Nelson, who currently chairs Carlson, are also Hall of Fame members.

April 2012 Radisson Blu Hotel, Biarritz officially certified food-safe

Rezidor’s President & CEO Kurt Ritter is a new member of the British Travel Industry Hall of Fame. The prestigious award was presented at the Hall of Fame’s Annual Dinner at the Savoy Hotel in London in April, and honours Ritter “for having created a major and highly successful leading organisation in the global travel and hospitality industry”.

Following a successful audit by the BVC Bordeaux Aquitaine agency, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Biarritz has now been officially certified by the Restaurant Food Safety Association (ASAR), whose goal is to promote food safety in restaurants and other food establishments. The annual certification plaque is visible proof that the establishment is checked regularly for compliance with stringent health regulations.

April 2012 Rave press review for Alberto K at the Radisson Royal Hotel, Copenhagen
The view from the restaurant at the top of the Radisson Royal Hotel, Copenhagen, may be worth a visit alone, but Alberto K has so much more to offer, according to a recent rave review in the Danish business newspaper Børsen. The new Nordic cuisine, the wine, the atmosphere and especially the service were praised as top-notch, gaining an overall maximum rating of 6 stars from the reviewer, who feels that all that is missing is a Michelin star for what he describes as “maybe the most stylish designer restaurant in Copenhagen”.
April 2012 Commitment to the environment reaps rewards
One of the greenest commercial hotels in Europe, the Radisson Blu Hotel, East Midlands Airport has won a Green Footprints Award for its sustainable design. Now in their fourth year, these awards recognise commitment to the environment by local groups and businesses. The judges commended the building’s striking design features and its high environmental credentials, including a combined heat and power plant that generates energy from waste food oil. The highly energy-efficient hotel features a range of innovative technologies to reduce energy demand and generates its own energy supply, delivering an 87% reduction in CO2. It also harvests rainwater, which is used in the building’s toilets and to water the external landscaped areas.
April 2012 Radisson Blu Hotel, Bucharest scoops Romania’s Hotel of the Year Award
For the second year in a row, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Bucharest has won Romania’s Hotel of the Year Award at the Excellency Awards Gala Ceremony during the Hotel, Tourism & Leisure Investment Conference 2012. Hospitality specialists, local authority representatives and managers of the most famous international hotels active in the Romanian market attended the biggest local event dedicated to the hotel and tourism industry to identify new business opportunities and learn about the most important changes in the industry.
April 2012 Park Inn by Radisson Al Khobar shines at the Saudi Excellence in Tourism Awards
For the second consecutive year, the Park Inn by Radisson Al Khobar has shone at the Saudi Excellence in Tourism Awards, this time voted Best 4-Star Hotel in Saudi Arabia. The awards are held under the patronage of HRH Prince Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz and recognise organisations and individuals within the travel trade that have made a significant contribution to the Kingdom’s growing tourism industry.
March 2012 Top rating for Radisson Blu Hotel, Bristol from Green Tourism Business Scheme
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Bristol has been awarded Gold rating by the Green Tourism Business Scheme. GTBS, the UK’s leading sustainable tourism certification scheme, recognises and rates hotels and tourism businesses demonstrating high levels of commitment in protecting the environment and promoting sustainable tourism with bronze, silver and gold awards.
March 2012 Corporate Office’s Colleague of the Year
Lorena Zanzottera has been voted Colleague of the Year 2011 for Corporate Office, chosen by her colleagues for her great Yes I Can! attitude, her warmth and friendliness, and her unflagging enthusiasm. Her interaction with all departments is excellent and she demonstrably represents all of the company’s values. She started her career with Rezidor as a Receptionist almost 15 years ago, later became Office Manager and has been Manager Future Openings & Corporate Food & Beverage since April 2007.
March 2012 “Overall Winner: Best Chef” for Aqaba chef
Chef Yousef Jalalel from the Radisson Blu Resort in Aqaba recently took part in the Junior Culinary Challenge held in conjunction with the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and cooked up a storm, landing awards in no fewer than three categories, including being named “Overall Winner: Best Chef”. As his once-in-a-lifetime prize, he will be flown to France, where he will take part in a three-month course at a Michelin-starred restaurant.
March 2012 Chef Uwe wins Time Out Dubai’s Outstanding Achievement Award 2012
Chef Uwe, Director of Kitchens at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek, has scooped Time Out Dubai’s Outstanding Achievement Award 2012 for his contribution to shaping the Dubai food and beverage industry over the past 20 years. He arrived in Dubai in 1993 and has worked at the iconic Deira Creek property ever since, overseeing all kitchen operations, including an award-winning portfolio of 11 restaurants, 3 bars and a renowned outside catering service team. As President of the Emirates Culinary Guild since 1999, Chef Uwe has personally overseen the development and careers of some of the UAE’s most promising young chefs. It’s this contribution and dedication that earned him the prestigious accolade from the region’s number one entertainment magazine.
March 2012 Baku’s Park Inn by Radisson Azerbaijan is Hotel of the Year 2012
The Park Inn by Radisson Azerbaijan in Baku has been elected Hotel of the Year 2012 by the Caspian-European Integration Business Club, which brings together over 500 member companies and organisations from 50 countries around the world operating in the Caspian, Black Sea and Baltic regions. The awards ceremony was held in the hotel’s biggest ballroom.
March 2012 Radisson Blu Hotel, London Stansted Airport confirms its gold standard under the Green Tourism Business Scheme
The Radisson Blu Hotel, London Stansted Airport, has renewed its gold status under the Green Tourism Business Scheme, the national sustainable tourism certification scheme for the UK. Hotels have to fulfil a total of 60 criteria relating to environmental performance and environmental management. Gold level is the highest recognition, first achieved by the hotel in 2008.
March 2012 All five Flemish Carlson Rezidor hotels receive Green Key
All five of our Flemish hotels – the Radisson Blu Park Lane Hotel, Antwerp, Radisson Blu Hotel, Hasselt, Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp, Park Inn by Radisson Leuven and Park Inn by Radisson Antwerp are now Green Key-certified. Star of the March award ceremony was the Leuven property, which received not one but two keys, making it the first member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group to receive the prestigious eco-label for a meeting location. Open since only November 2011, Leuven is also the Group’s first Belgian hotel to achieve this recognition in its first year of operation.
March 2012 Istanbul International Gastronomy Festival provides showcase for Radisson Blu culinary skills

The Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, Istanbul can once again be proud of its outstanding Kitchen talent. In March Executive Chef Umit Yuksel took a team to the Istanbul International Gastronomy Festival, where they won an impressive total of 23 medals and 4 cups in various categories. More than 1,250 chefs from 22 countries participated in this internationally recognised event.

Yilmaz Gunduz, a young member of the team, also attended the Hotelympia Salon Culinaire Chefs’ Competition 2012 in London and brought the Salon Culinaire Food Safety Challenge 2012 Cup to the hotel for a year.

March 2012 Park Inn by Radisson Kaunas team are culinary stars
Chef Tomas Rimydis from the Park Inn by Radisson Kaunas shone in St Petersburg in March when he competed in the Open Baltic Sea Countries International Chefs Competition and took second place in the individual “Main hot dish” category. He and his team also carried off the competition’s Grand Prize: the Baltic Culinary Star Cup – the first Lithuanian team to do so!
March 2012 Rezidor Hotel Group remains one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies

The Rezidor Hotel Group remains one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies: the US think-tank Ethisphere Institute has recognised the company for the third consecutive year for its real and sustained ethical leadership.

“We are very proud to have maintained our status as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies since 2010. We are committed long term to doing business in a responsible way. We translate words on ethical practices into action, create innovative ideas to benefit the public, and raise the bar for standards within our industry,” commented President & CEO Kurt Ritter.

The sixth annual selection of the World’s Most Ethical Companies saw a record number of nominations and applications from companies in more than 100 countries and 36 industries. The methodology for the award includes reviewing ethics codes, litigation and regulatory infraction histories; evaluating investment in innovation and sustainable business practices; looking at activities designed to improve corporate citizenship; and studying nominations from senior executives, industry peers, suppliers and customers. “This year’s winners know that a strong ethics programme is a key component of a successful business model, and they continue to scrutinise their ethical standards to keep up with an ever-changing regulatory environment,” said Alex Brigham, Executive Director of Ethisphere.

Rezidor’s Group-wide Responsible Business programme has its roots as far back as 1989. Besides respect for social and ethical issues within the company, the programme also focuses on health and safety for guests and employees, and on a reduced negative impact on the environment. It is compulsory for all employees and hotels, and is also reflected in the “Always Care” motto of Rezidor’s renowned Safety & Security programme, TRIC=S. The Group supports charity organisations such as the World Childhood Foundation, partners with responsible players like World Cleanup 2012, and has signed up to the UN Global Compact and Caring for Climate initiative. One of the latest developments within the programme is the five-year energy-saving project, “Think Planet”.

March 2012 Malmo demonstrates “Best Service Improvement of the Year”

The Rezidor Hotel Group remains one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies: the US think-tank Ethisphere Institute has recognised the company for the third consecutive year for its real and sustained ethical leadership.

The Meetings & Events department at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Malmo has won the Rezidor Sweden award for “Best Service Improvement of the Year” 2011. The award is based on various factors, such as individual guest comments, Medallia, exit calls, test calls and also comments and feedback from delegates who have experience of the M&E department. The Malmo team members were praised for their unremitting efforts to continually improve guest service.

February 2012 Champion chefs at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek
It’s been a successful few months for the culinary team at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek, with the youngsters recently winning a number of medals at the annual Emirates Salon Culinaire. Rodel Acala and Rovart Cagayat, both Kitchen Artists, won four each and Ishara Rangana, who competed for the Best Young Chef trophy and as the Youngest Competing Chef, came home with three bronze. Overall the team walked away with an amazing three gold medals, five silver, 15 bronze and six certificates of merit. It seems that the hotel is breeding Champion Chefs!
February 2012 Stunning victory for Diplomat chefs at Anchor MasterChef Challenge in Dubai
In their first ever competition experience, two members of the culinary team at the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel in Manama secured a stunning victory in February by winning the silver medal at the prestigious Anchor MasterChef Challenge held in Dubai. Having triumphed in the Bahrain leg of the competition, Yousif Al Basri and Sayed Hanif faced off against chefs from all over the Gulf region in the final. Their daunting task was to devise a three-course meal from “mystery basket” ingredients that were only revealed once the competition started. The judges were so impressed, they asked for the recipes!
February 2012 Housekeeping Team of the Year 2012 award for Radisson Blu Hotel, Belfast
The team at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Belfast are celebrating a prestigious industry accolade, having picked up the Housekeeping Team of the Year 2012 award at the Hotel & Guesthouse Housekeeping Awards, organised by the Northern Ireland Hotel Federation. The judges noted the high standards throughout this contemporary property.
February 2012 Radisson Blu takes the title of Best Hotel at the Liverpool Lifestyle awards
At a recent star-studded ceremony, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Liverpool was delighted to take the title of Best Hotel at the Liverpool Lifestyle awards. Voted for by members of the public, these prestigious awards pay tribute to the best in the industry. In scooping top honours, the hotel saw off extremely tough competition from strong players in the market, including Hilton, Marriott, Thistle and Ramada.
February 2012 Top honours for ESPA Riga: Best Day Spa

For over a decade, readers of the world’s premier travel magazine, Condé Nast Traveller, and visitors to CNTraveller.com have voted annually for their favourite spa experience. The Readers’ Spa Awards highlight the finest spots to relax in the world, including the best hotel spas, spa retreats, day spas and thermal spas, and are based on readers’ votes on various criteria: spa facilities, individual approach, ambience/design, body and facial treatments, amenities and products as well as quality of service.

The 2012 winners were revealed in February, with our very own ESPA Riga at the Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, Riga announced the winner in the Best Day Spa: Overseas category, also coming fourth out of the 30 top spas around the world!

February 2012 Loyalty rewarded at Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, Istanbul
Sonja Divé-Dahl, General Manager of the Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, Istanbul and District Director of Turkey & Georgia, was delighted to present diamond pins and service diplomas to 42 loyal members of staff in recognition of their invaluable contribution to the hotel’s consistent success.
February 2012 Green Key first for Radisson Blu hotels in Turkey
In February four Radisson Blu properties were among the first hotels in Turkey to be awarded the Green Key, a prestigious worldwide eco-label for leisure organisations. The Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, Istanbul, Radisson Blu Conference & Airport Hotel, Istanbul, Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Cesme and Radisson Blu Hotel, Ankara all went through a thorough certification process covering various areas and were also audited by the Green Key International Team before receiving their sustainable hotel recognition.
February 2012 Carlson Rezidor wins national and international awards at the Grand Travel Awards in Norway
The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group – Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson – has won both the international and the national award as the best hotel chain in the Grand Travel Awards, the most prestigious in the Norwegian travel and tourism industry. These annual awards honour the industry’s top suppliers and are based on a large-scale survey sent to travel agents across Norway. “This is the fifth consecutive year we’ve been chosen as best international hotel chain, and the second year in a row we’ve ranked as the best national hotel chain,” said a delighted Christian Gartmann, Area Vice President Nordics.
February 2012 Kazakhstan’s first Carlson Rezidor hotel honours employees
The Radisson Hotel, Astana – the first and only hotel of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group in Kazakhstan – celebrated its fifth anniversary in January and honoured 38 team members with diamond pins and diplomas. General Manager Jesper Francl expressed his gratitude to the entire hotel team for embracing genuine and driving Yes I Can! attitude.
January 2012 Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow: World’s Leading Luxury Business Hotel

The Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow, Radisson’s Russian flagship and a historical landmark in the capital, has been voted the World’s Leading Luxury Business Hotel at the World Travel Awards 2011.

“We are honoured and proud to receive this outstanding award,” said General Manager Wolfgang Nitschke at the red-carpet Grand Final of the Awards in January in Doha, Qatar. “The Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow has once again consolidated its position as one of the best luxury business hotels around the globe. Our guests experience Moscow’s rich historical and culture heritage combined with industry-leading first-class standards and services.”

Described as the “Oscars of the travel industry”, the World Travel Awards were launched in 1993 to acknowledge and recognise excellence in the global travel and tourism industry, with votes cast by 213,000 travel professionals in more than 160 countries.

The Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow is one of the legendary Seven Sisters – the Soviet skyscrapers masterminded by Stalin. The property re-opened in 2010 after an extensive three-year renovation and now features 497 elegant guest rooms and suites, as well as 38 serviced apartments, versatile meeting & event facilities, fine dining in a choice of nine restaurants and bars, and a Spa & Wellness Centre offering the ultimate in pampering treatments for mind and body.

January 2012 Trendiest Hotels in Poland winner: Park Inn by Radisson Krakow
TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website, has announced that the Park Inn by Radisson Krakow has been chosen as winner in the Trendiest Hotels in Poland category in its 2012 Travelers’ Choice® awards. Designed by leading German architect Jurgen Mayer, the first Park Inn in Poland opened in October 2009 and is located in the emerging cultural hub between the Old Town, Wawel Castle and the Jewish Quarter. “With the help of millions of travellers around the globe, TripAdvisor is thrilled to recognise the world’s most outstanding hotels in this year’s Travelers’ Choice Awards,” said Christine Petersen, President, TripAdvisor for Business. “From the best bargain hotels to the best luxury hotels, remarkable service, value and quality are the hallmarks of our Travelers’ Choice winners.”
January 2012 Annette Gallagher presented with Elite Membership of Group Travel Organisers Association

The Group Travel Organisers Association held their 21st AGM, Conference & Workshop at the Park Inn by Radisson York in January. Attended by over 250 delegates, the weekend was extremely productive with members commenting that it was the most successful AGM in 10 years.

During the welcome dinner, Annette Gallagher, Rezidor’s National Leisure Sales Manager, was presented with Elite Membership in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the Association. With only 10 other Elite Members, this is a very prestigious award and was accepted on behalf of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Park Inn by Radisson UK and the Park Inn by Radisson York for their outstanding service and Yes I Can! attitude throughout the event.

January 2012 Marco Eichhorn celebrates 15 years with Rezidor
Having joined the team at the Radisson Blu Resort Split last year, Marco Eichhorn recently celebrated 15 years of service with Rezidor. He started his career at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Hamburg, where he finished his three-year traineeship, and then held various positions at the Radisson Blu Resort Ruegen, Radisson Blu Resort Fleesensee and Radisson Blu Hotel Manchester Airport. He was also on the opening team for the Radisson Blu Hotel Port Elisabeth before returning to Hamburg where his journey started. Since May he has been based in Split and is currently in the Mentee/Mentor programme as Operations Manager.
January 2012 Radisson Blu Hotel, Cologne voted top for weekend programmes
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Cologne is one of the first hotels to receive a Müller-Touristik Award, scooping the prize for “Best City Programme”. These inaugural Best Partners awards, presented by Germany’s largest party and short trip organiser, were based on some 25,000 guest surveys. The Radisson Blu hotel and its staff received perfect scores from guests for its weekend programmes. Maira Hörner, Cluster Sales Manager and responsible for the leisure market, was delighted to accept the award.
January 2012 Park Inn by Radisson Ekaterinburg chosen as one of TripAdvisor’s Top 20 Trendiest Hotels in Russia
The Park Inn by Radisson Ekaterinburg has been chosen as one of the Top 20 Trendiest Hotels in Russia in TripAdvisor’s 2012 Travelers’ Choice® awards. Now in their tenth year, these annual awards recognise the world’s best hotels, earning their distinction from those who know them best – real travellers. Unlike any other hotel honours, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winners are based on millions of reviews and opinions from travellers around the world. Ekaterinburg is the only hotel in Russia outside Moscow and St Petersburg to receive this award.
January 2012 Park Inn by Radisson Krakow is 16th Russian hotel to gain Green Key
In January the Park Inn by Radisson Krakow became the 16th hotel in Russia to be certified under the Green Key global eco-label programme for the leisure industry after confirming its compliance with international standards. In order to gain Green Key certification, hotels have to fulfil a list of environmental requirements covering a wide range of criteria aimed at reducing their negative impact on the environment by saving water and electricity, and decreasing the amount of waste produced. The hotel takes part in different social programmes to ensure a noticeably better environment for both guests and staff.
January 2012 Recognising 105 years’ service to Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa

The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa proudly honoured five of its team members who have an astounding 105 years’ service between them. Each was awarded a gold Yes I Can! pin studded with one diamond for each five years of service, a certificate and a cash incentive:

30 years – Waheed Ameen, Valet, Laundry Department
25 years – Ebrahim Khalil Ebrahim, Supervisor, Engineering Department
20 years – Abass Al Ekri. Chef Garde Manager, Kitchen Department
15 years – Varghese Dhas, Shampoo Technician, and Abdulameer Abdulla, Outlet Manager, F&B Department

January 2012 Hotelier of the Year 2012

Torbjorn Marthinussen, Food & Beverage Operations Manager at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo, has been named Hotelier of the Year 2012 by the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI). The annual Hotelier of the Year and Young Manager of the Year awards go to young leaders who have distinguished themselves in the past year through exceptional job performance, or who have been particularly innovative in their business and leadership.

General Manager Lars Listhaug praised Torbjorn’s leadership as steadfast and principled and stressed his high regard for excellence. “He sets goals and works systematically to achieve them together with his team and colleagues.”

Torbjorn can look forward to three optional Personal Development Programme courses over three days at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration in New York.

January 2012 Sparkling award for Hamburg’s Radisson Blu
At a glittering ceremony in January, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg, which hosted the event, carried off the Business Diamond Award in the Hotel Industry category. This award is presented in acknowledgement and appreciation of outstanding achievement in various business sectors. After the official formalities were over, the guests enjoyed an exciting after-show party with culinary fireworks and breathtaking views in High End, Hamburg’s highest and most exclusive event venue, located on the hotel’s 26th and 27th floors.
January 2012 Tourism sponsorship award for Radisson Blu Resort, Sharjah
The Radisson Blu Resort, Sharjah has received an award as one of the major sponsors of the recent Sharjah Water Festival. The Sharjah Tourism Award ceremony took place at the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce in January under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qassimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah.
January 2012 Long-service awards at Radisson Blu Hotel, Basel
The annual staff party of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Basel in January was an excellent opportunity to honour several employees for long service: Mario Schuknecht (5 years), Aida Pinto De Jesus (10 years) and Dusan Okolic (20 years). Tahir Tahiri was also chosen as Employee of the Year 2011.
January 2012 Radisson Blu named Best Full Service Hotel Brand at the Business Travel Awards

Radisson Blu was named Best Full Service Hotel Brand at the Business Travel Awards (BTA) in London in January, beating Crowne Plaza, Marriott International and Sofitel Luxury Hotels in the same category. Now in their 17th year, the BTA recognise and celebrate the achievements of the industry’s leading players. The independent panel of judges comprises some of the most experienced buyers in the business, leading consultants and specialist journalists, who between them judge a total of 22 categories.

The judges commented that, “Radisson Blu is a brand that has a clear focus on the corporate market, excellent sales and after-sales service – and has good green credentials, too. In short, it has a very positive approach and is good to do business with.”

December 2011 Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson top the Norwegian Grand Travel Awards
For the second year running, the Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson have won both the international and national award as the best hotel chain in the Grand Travel Awards. The award is the most prestigious in the Norwegian travel and tourism industry and is based on a comprehensive survey of the country's travel agency employees. This is the fifth consecutive year that we have been recognised as best international hotel chain, and the second year in a row that we have been ranked as the best national hotel chain.
December 2011 Golden Coffee Bean Award for outstanding standards goes to Radisson Blu Palais Hotel, Vienna
Leading gourmet companies Gault Millau and Jacobs have presented the Radisson Blu Palais Hotel, Vienna with the Golden Coffee Bean Award 2011 for its outstanding standards representing Austrian coffee culture. Besides serving the best coffee in town, the chic Bel Ami Bar offers the finest, internationally renowned whiskeys, preferably enjoyed with a cigar. And to round off a perfect meal, you can indulge in an espresso.
December 2011 Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice has a winning diversity policy
For the past six years, the Diversity Trophy has been awarded in France to companies with the most innovative and impressive track record in managing diversity and combating discrimination. Last year, for the first time, regional awards were presented and the Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice is delighted to be the winner in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in recognition of its overall diversity policy. In December 2010 it became the first hotel in France to obtain the AFNOR Diversity Label, which required examining all HR procedures to guarantee equality across the board, and continues its efforts to ensure long-term commitment by taking steps to increase the involvement of each employee. The latest initiative is a film made by employees for new members of staff.
December 2011 Three Swedish Radisson Blu hotels earn Nordic Swan eco-label

A further three Rezidor hotels in Sweden have qualified for the Nordic Swan eco-label, demonstrating that taking responsibility for the environment, maintaining high ethical standards and caring about their community are key ingredients in how they do business. With its location in the Western Harbour, an area famous for environmentally friendly buildings, seaside location and green surroundings, the Park Inn by Radisson MalmÖ sees its Nordic Swan certification as an important statement. Meanwhile, Stockholm's newest Rezidor hotels also celebrated receiving their environmental "wings": the Radisson Blu Stockholm Waterfront and the Park Inn by Radisson Stockholm Hammarby Sjostad.

The Nordic Swan sets the standard for environmental issues within the hospitality industry. To reduce their environmental impact, the hotels have measures in place that include reducing their energy, water and chemical use, and having organic menu choices. They also recycle and buy eco-labelled products.

Many companies demand an environmental commitment before considering signing a hotel agreement, and MalmÖ has already won new business as a direct result of receiving this certification.

December 2011 TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence for Denmark & Jordan
Two Rezidor hotels as far apart as Denmark and Jordan have received a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. Both the Radisson Blu Scandinavia in Aarhus and the Radisson Blu Tala Bay Resort in Aqaba received 4 out of a possible 5 points. The Certificate of Excellence is based on reviews given by guests who have stayed at the hotels and is recognition of their excellent service, facilities and quality. This is not the first time that the Aarhus hotel has received recognition, having been voted "Best Hotel in Denmark, outside Copenhagen" at the Danish Travel Awards for six years in a row (2004-2009).
December 2011 Title of Best Business Hotel in Turkey goes to Radisson Blu Conference & Airport Hotel, Istanbul
The Radisson Blu Conference & Airport Hotel, Istanbul has landed the title of Best Business Hotel in Turkey at the fourth annual Business Destinations Travel Awards 2011. Business Destinations, a major tourism magazine with its headquarters in London, selects the best hotels for its travel awards based on readers' votes.
December 2011 Rezidor is 2011 Best Employer in Hospitality Awards Scotland
Industry awards are always welcome, but when the accolade comes from our own employees, we know we're on the right track. Se we're delighted to announce that The Rezidor Hotel Group has won the 2011 Best Employer in Hospitality Awards Scotland in the Best Large Group Hotel Employer category. Over 150 employers from across the hospitality industry converged in Edinburgh in October to celebrate the best employers from Scotland's hotel, restaurant, pub, bar, tourist and catering sectors. The awards are based solely on the opinions of 1,000+ employees working for the participating companies and thus offer an unbiased view based on true employee perceptions. A big thank-you to all Rezidorians who voted for Rezidor as the Best Employer of 2011.
December 2011 Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel, Prague restaurants feature in top 3 of 2011 Maurer's Guide
Anyone looking for a great place to eat in the Czech capital should look no further than the Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel, Prague. Both the Alcron and La Rotonde feature among the Top 3 restaurants in the 2011 Maurer's Guide. The Alcron, offering an exquisite menu and very personal service in an intimate 1930s ambience, has surged to second place in the overall rating, up five places on last year. The elegant La Rotonde restaurant, serving a delectable choice of international and local dishes, ranks third overall this year, but comes first in the service category.
December 2011 Rezidor's annual Climate Analysis reports high level of employee satisfaction

The Rezidor Hotel Group reports another year of strong employee satisfaction with a score of 86.7% in its annual Climate Analysis survey.

The 2011 survey included 23,108 respondents (up 8% from 2010) and 263 business units (up from 259 in 2010), with the Loyalty Index reaching 73 (76 in 2010).

"I feel extremely proud and privileged to report another year of strong employee satisfaction at Rezidor," commented Kurt Ritter, President & CEO. "There's no doubt that 2011 was another challenging year of unexpected twists and turns, but our Climate Analysis scores prove that all Rezidorians are engaged, involved and committed to our Group strategies and progress. With such incredible staff loyalty, I have no doubt that we will take on any challenge head-on in the years ahead."

Rezidor was named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies in both 2010 and 2011, and the Group's commitment to ethical and responsible business practices is also evident in this part of the Climate Analysis survey, with an all-time high rating of 88.6% (88.3% in 2010). Rezidor scored 87.4% (versus 87.5% in 2010) in Personal Development; 87.4% (87.2%) in Daily Job Situation; 85.7% (85.8%) in Executive Leadership; 86.0% (86.4%) in Cooperation; and 85.3% (85.2%) in Creativity and Innovation.

The Climate Analysis survey (launched in 1991) is conducted by an external party, and evaluates the company's employee satisfaction using a highly developed and detailed questionnaire based on communication, development opportunities, feedback and appraisal, leadership, and company image and culture. The Climate Analysis also serves as the basis for developing and improving internal processes, identifying potential talent development opportunities and growing people from within, and creating a stronger foundation of training and development programmes within the Group.

December 2011 St Petersburg hotels' charity efforts recognised
Rezidor hotels in St Petersburg, represented by the Radisson Royal Hotel, took part in a charitable project "Kind Office", organised by local NGO "Doctors to Children", and received the highest award. The main goal of the project was to organise different charity events to help people in need, including a day to remember for orphan children, organised by the Radisson Royal Hotel and Park Inn by Radisson Nevsky, and our joint Rezidor activity Flash Mob. As winners, we were presented with a diploma and clock, reminding us that you can always find time for a good cause.
December 2011 Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts voted Best International Hotel Group in Irish awards
Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts won the award for Best International Hotel Group at the inaugural Travel Media Awards held in Dublin in December. Organised by TravelMedia.ie, 17 awards were up for grabs, voted for by members of the media, giving the Travel Media Awards a distinct point of difference to other travel industry awards. It is hoped that this year is the first of many for this exciting event.
November 2011 Medals for Dubai Deira Creek chefs at Middle East's first La Cuisine Du Sial
Chefs from the Radisson Blu Hotel in Dubai Deira Creek took home a slew of medals from the Middle East's very first La Cuisine Du Sial in November. Culinary experts from around the region competed in a series of events and categories ranging from the creation and preparation of a five-course gourmet meal to ice, vegetable and chocolate carvings, open showpieces and much more. In total, the hotel won 3 silver medals, 3 bronze and a Best Artist Trophy thanks to the sterling efforts of Rovert Cagayat, Rodel Acala and Ishara Rangana.
November 2011 Loyal service to Park Inn by Radisson Telford rewarded
In a special ceremony to mark long service at the Park Inn by Radisson Telford, eight employees were honoured for five years' service, while a further six were commended for 10 years and more, making a grand total of 152 years of loyal service! Among the long-serving staff were Breakfast Chef Chris Giordano and Conference & Banqueting Attendant Peter Plant, who have both been with the hotel for more than 20 years. General Manager Lucja Leonard personally expressed her gratitude to each and every one of them, and looks forward to "many more years of fabulous fun and hard work together!"
November 2011 Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek has Best Middle Eastern Restaurant 2011
For the third consecutive year, Shabestan, the Persian restaurant at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek, has won the Best Middle Eastern Restaurant Award 2011 in the annual What's On Awards. Shabestan fought off tough competition to be shortlisted in the Middle Eastern category, and was crowned overall winner at a glittering ceremony held in Dubai in November. Now in their tenth year, the awards are among the most established and respected in the food and hospitality industry. They are dubbed "the people's choice" awards because it is the public who vote on which restaurants and events deserve a special accolade.
November 2011 Maltese Pearl Awards recognise hidden gems
The Pearl Awards have become an important date in the Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts (Malta) calendar, when 50 team members across the board are recognised for going above and beyond what is normally expected of them in the areas that represent the core values of the Group. Every year 50 employees receive special recognition awards during a gala night, while 11 Pearl awardees are crowned overall champions. The award categories enable staff at all levels and from all departments to qualify, ensuring that anyone who genuinely lives the hotels' values is recognised for their superlative efforts and hard work.
November 2011 Radisson Blu Cork's Chief Engineer is Irish Hospitality Institute's Environmental Manager of the Year

In November, Andrew Mullen, Chief Engineer at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Cork, won the prestigious Irish Hospitality Institute's Environmental Manager of the Year Award after impressing the judges with a low-cost/no-cost environmental programme of exceptional quality. Within just three years, the hotel has reduced energy consumption by almost 30%, water consumption by 20%, and now recycles almost 75% of its waste.

This successful programme has been nominated for many other awards over the years, including the European Green Hospitality Award shortlist, the Irish Green Hospitality Gold Award for the past three years and the prestigious Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland Award for Energy Management.

November 2011 Park Inn by Radisson Bedford honours a century of service
The Park Inn by Radisson Bedford recently celebrated a milestone achievement with four members of the team reaching a combined 100 years' service at the hotel. This truly remarkable accomplishment demonstrates a level of loyalty rarely seen in these modern times. Alan Abrahams (Maintenance Porter), Hardish Kaur (Kitchen Porter), Eddie Jones (Chief Engineer) and Darryl Wilson (Linen Porter) have spent most of their careers at the hotel - serving thousands of guests and seeing numerous changes in their time, including a number of owners and General Managers over the years. To mark this extra special occasion, General Manager Rebekka Hammersley hosted an awards ceremony in November - the date marking the 40th anniversary of Alan Abrahams' employment, making him the longest serving employee in the hotel's history.
November 2011 Kaliningrad's Brasserie de Verres en Vers picks up Golden Fork Award for Best Classical Restaurant 2011
Only one year after opening, Brasserie de Verres en Vers - the gourmet French restaurant at the Radisson Hotel, Kaliningrad - has won the Golden Fork Award for Best Classical Restaurant 2011. Guests all over the city were asked to vote online and by phone over the past six months for the best restaurant in Kaliningrad. The winners were announced at a ceremony at the Zarya cinema in Kaliningrad in November.
November 2011 Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Dubrovnik Sun Gardens named Best International New Spa 2011
The Spa by OCCO at the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Dubrovnik Sun Gardens has won the prestigious SPA Traveller Award for Best International New Spa 2011, beating some of the top names in the business. SPA Traveller is a luxury lifestyle magazine that provides an objective guide to the world's finest hotel and resort spas, day spas, treatments and spa-at-home products. It offers a platform to "inform, inspire and indulge" as well as an international find-a-spa service, enabling more than 65,000 readers in 80 countries to locate the spa of their choice.
November 2011 Park Inn by Radisson Liege Airport one of first Walloon hotels to gain Green Key
In November the Park Inn by Radisson Liege Airport achieved internationally recognised Green Key eco-certification, making it one of the first hotels in Wallonia, the southern, French-speaking part of Belgium, to receive the award. To obtain this prestigious eco-label, the hotel team has worked hard to comply with the scheme's 100 environmental criteria, for example by implementing a detailed waste-recycling process, using 100% recyclable paper and revising the packaging of breakfast buffet items. Energy consumption has been reduced by installing energy-efficient lighting and adapting the building heating system to the outside temperature. All taps are fitted with aerators and flow restrictors to reduce water consumption.
October 2011 Birgit is runner-up Receptionist of the Year 2011
Motivated employees are the key factor in any successful business. The employees of the Radisson Blu Palais Hotel, Vienna are not only motivated but also acknowledged. A member of the hotel's reception team has been announced runner-up Receptionist of the Year 2011 by AICR Austria (Amicale Internationale des Chefs de Réception et Sous Directeurs des Grands Hôtels). Birgit de Schuster received this treasured award for her great professionalism, expertise and friendliness.
October 2011 Hotel Missoni Kuwait is Best Hotel at Arabian Hotel Awards 2011
Only months after opening, Hotel Missoni Kuwait has fought off tough competition to take the title of "Best Hotel" at the Arabian Hotel Awards 2011. Now in their 17th year, the awards identify, highlight and reward excellence throughout the global hospitality industry and are considered one of the industry's most prestigious award programmes. Later this year, the highest scoring winners from the Arabian Hotel Awards will compete against other winners from Europe, Asia Pacific, the Americas and Africa to find the ultimate World's Best in each category.
October 2011 Radisson Blu voted Best Hotel Chain at Danish Travel Awards
Radisson Blu has been voted "Best Hotel Chain" at the Danish Travel Awards. Each year the industry's best players are selected, based on voting by both consumers and travel agents. This prestigious Danish award gives Radisson Blu a Scandinavian hat-trick, as the chain previously received similar recognition in Norway and Sweden. Area Vice President Christian Gartmann commented, "In recent years we've seen growing competition in the industry and this award is recognition of our employees' incredible hard work every day to make our customers and guests feel welcome and comfortable."
October 2011 Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice's diversity policy recognised at the inaugural Diversity Awards
In October the Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice won an award for its overall diversity policy at the inaugural Diversity Awards for the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region in Southern France. Under its Diversity Charter, the hotel pursues an active policy of equal treatment in all areas of its operations
October 2011 Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin Airport wins Platinum Award for environmental management

The Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin Airport has won the prestigious Green Hospitality Programme Platinum Award for environmental management, equivalent to the highest award attainable in Green Certification in the hospitality industry worldwide. It is the first hotel in Ireland to achieve this award. Five more Radisson Blu Irish hotels - in Dublin (St Helens and Royal), Cork, Galway and Farnham Estate, Cavan - attained the momentous Gold Award, given to businesses that follow the GHP's best practice criteria and guidelines.

The internationally recognised Green Hospitality Certification Programme provides a step-by-step approach, with awards given at Eco-label, Silver, Gold or Platinum levels, and has swiftly become the standard for environmental management within the hospitality sector in Ireland. Individual achievements include reducing waste going to landfill by 75%, water consumption by 50% and energy consumption by up to 30%, all of which impact positively on the bottom line as well as on the environment.

October 2011 Five Radisson hotels take top honours at World Travel Awards 2011

Five Radisson hotels have received the travel and tourism industry's most prestigious accolade, walking off with top honours in six categories at the World Travel Awards 2011.

The Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow is Europe's Leading Luxury Business Hotel, having beaten strong competitors such as the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel du Rhone in Geneva. At the same time and for the second year in a row, Rezidor's Russian flagship also took the title of Russia's Leading Luxury Hotel. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Astana was also honoured as Kazakhstan's Leading Business Hotel - for the second time. The Radisson Blu Resort, Trysil came out top as Norway's Leading Ski Resort, taking over the crown from the Radisson Blu Resort, Beitostolen, which has won for the past six years. And for the fifth year in succession, the Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel, Reykjavik is Iceland's Leading Hotel. Last but by no means least, the Radisson Blu Resort, Sharjah was voted Sharjah's Leading Hotel, having been Sharjah's Leading Resort for the previous seven years.

The World Travel Awards were founded in 1993 and are considered the highest accolade in the global travel and tourism industry. The jury is comprised of travel, tourism and hospitality professionals across the globe, and the key focus is on the quality of experience provided by companies that consistently excel beyond expectation.

October 2011 Marko Hytonen featured in Hotelier Middle East's Power 50 List

The annual Power 50 list compiled by Hotelier Middle East, the number one trade magazine for hoteliers in the Middle East, recognises and celebrates the continued commitment of the most dedicated and influential people in the region's hospitality industry.

The 2011 list has been released and Marko Hytonen, Area Vice President Middle East, debuts at number 8 in the Power 50 list and at number 3 in the New Entrants list.

The Power 50 entrants' rankings are devised based on a series of factors: the level of commitment to working in the region over a period of time; loyalty to their current company; the overall size of the hotel portfolio and rooms inventory for which they are responsible, if applicable; their specific achievements in 2011; their reputation among industry peers; and their dedication to further developing their hold over the hospitality industry in the Middle East.

This year the Middle East Power 50 list has been refined to feature people physically based in the region. Mr Ritter is still commended for his dedication and personal drive behind Rezidor's Middle East growth.

October 2011 Dubrovnik Sun Gardens takes Gold Award for Excellence

The Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Dubrovnik Sun Gardens is the proud recipient of an Overseas Property Professional "Gold Award for Excellence 2011" in the category "Best Developer in Southern Europe". This award, coupled with the fact that the resort has experienced its most successful tourist season to date, with a 95% occupancy rate this past summer, demonstrates how the resort is going from strength to strength under its new management.

The OPP award winners were selected by an independent panel of 50 industry leaders from around the world. On Dubrovnik Sun Gardens, the judges commented, "Nobody could argue with the careful planning and total commitment of the developer team involved. This really is a well-presented, high-quality operation - a true flagship development for Croatia."

October 2011 Park Inn by Radisson Palace, Southend-on-Sea double winner at Southend Business Awards
The Park Inn by Radisson Palace, Southend-on-Sea has scooped not one, but two prestigious titles at the Southend Business Awards. For the second successive year, the hotel won the Leisure & Tourism award, recognising its efforts to demonstrate best practice and excellent customer service, while supporting the sustainability of the leisure and tourism industry in Southend - attracting visitors through leisure activities, accommodation, history and heritage, retail and hospitality whilst retaining customers already living and working in the area. To make it a double success, the hotel also picked up top honours in the Environmental Awareness category. This award recognises the hotel's active commitment to sound environmental practice and to protecting substantial resources for future generations.
October 2011 Radisson Blu Falconer Hotel & Conference Center, Copenhagen receives Frederiksberg Occupation Prize 2011 for social responsibility
In October the Radisson Blu Falconer Hotel & Conference Center in Copenhagen received the Frederiksberg Occupation Prize 2011, which is awarded to a company that shows social responsibility in relation to the recruitment of unemployed people and retention of staff - including policies that support an inclusive labour market. With the award came DKK 25,000, which the hotel will donate to a good cause. Since the recognition can be accredited to the hotel staff, they will decide which social project benefits.
October 2011 Guest loyalty rewarded at Radisson Blu Hotel, Klaipeda
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Klaipeda, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, has recognised the constant loyalty of one of its guests. Norwegian Jens Ellefsen first stayed at the hotel in its opening year and was so impressed with the service that he has since accumulated 399 room nights during 113 visits over the past ten years! General Manager Tobias Ammon and two staff members who also hit their ten-year landmark in 2011, Loreta Vingelyte and Marina Egorova, thanked him on behalf of the entire team and presented him with a small gift.
September 2011 Ten-year landmark celebrated at Radisson Sonya Hotel, St Petersburg
The Radisson Sonya Hotel, St Petersburg celebrates another historic moment as Director of Sales & Marketing Victoria Bereschian marks up ten years with the company. Victoria joined Rezidor as Sales Executive at St Petersburg's Radisson Royal Hotel in April 2001 before moving to the city's new designer hotel. General Manager Juris Zudovs was on hand to congratulate her for her loyal service.
September 2011 Park Inn by Radisson Kazan takes Prix d'Excellence for Best Development Project in Russia

The Park Inn by Radisson Kazan and its owning company, Regional Hotel Chain, have been awarded the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) 2011 Prix d'Excellence for "Best Development Project implemented in the Russian Property Market" at the International Investment Forum on Real Estate in St Petersburg, Russia.

The award will be presented in May 2012 during FIABCI's World Congress in St Petersburg, providing the opportunity to promote projects and companies through the FIABCI network - in 60 countries and over 120 professional organisations worldwide.

Congratulations to the teams on their continuing success with this first hotel of 20 Park Inn properties planned for Russia by 2015 - including current projects in Yaroslavl, Voronezh, Sochi, Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod, and Novosibirsk.

September 2011 Radisson Blu MalmÖ: 'Best Facility' at Congrex Travel Association Awards
Congrex, a leading international management company offering comprehensive services for meetings, events, conferences, association management, travel and accommodation, has announced the 2011 winner of "Best Facility" - our very own Radisson Blu Hotel, MalmÖ! This year's nominations were based on scores from about 10,000 conferences conducted in 2010, and the panel of judges' assessment of the submitted entries. The Radisson Blu Hotel in MalmÖ was praised for its newly renovated conference facility featuring the very latest technology and a stunning interior design.
September 2011 Piet Waterloos celebrates 20 years of sterling service
We celebrate another great record for Corporate Office as Piet Waterloos, Director Group Cash Management, rings up 20 years' service! Rezidor first acquired this valuable asset back in June 1991 when he joined SAS Capital BV as an accountant at the Boulevard du Regent offices in Brussels. Piet was promoted to Chief Accountant just a few years later. In 2003 this rising star was made Manager Accounting and later Manager Group Cash Management. He has been in his present post since 1 January 2009. It all adds up to a great career, so congratulations to Piet and thank you for 20 years of sterling service!
September 2011 Third place for budding young chef in Unilever Chef of the Year 2011 competition
Chang Sheng (Peter) Ye of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Port Elizabeth started out as a trainee at the hotel less than two years ago but is already showing great potential after taking 3rd place in the Unilever Chef of the Year 2011 competition in the Junior category. A total of 38 chefs from all over South Africa, as well as Dubai, Egypt and Pakistan, showcased their talent, creativity and competitive spirit by converting a mystery basket of ingredients into a three-course meal. Peter wowed the judges to take the Bronze medal and a cash prize of ZAR 4,000. Congratulations to one of Port Elizabeth's finest!
September 2011 Radisson Blu Conference & Airport Hotel, Istanbul takes Best Rate Competitiveness Award
The Radisson Blu Conference & Airport Hotel, Istanbul, has won the Best Rate Competitiveness Award, which is presented by the Expedia hotel reservation site, Hotels.com, for the best price-quality ratio.
September 2011 Park Inn by Radisson Central Tallinn helps improve quality of school lunches
The Estonian Education Ministry and Tallinn City Council have launched an initiative to improve the quality of food served in Tallinn schools. In support of the project, the Park Inn by Radisson Central Tallinn invited three chefs from a local school to train in the hotel kitchen with Executive Chef Andres Merman. The training culminated in the chefs preparing a three-course meal within the budget of a school lunch. They also had to face some severe critics: local school children, healthy eating experts and the Estonian First Lady, Evelin Ilves - a patron of healthy living.
September 2011 Radisson Blu Hotel, Krakow wins inaugural 'Leaders of Sustainable Development' contest
The Radisson Blu Hotel in Krakow has won the very first "Leaders of Sustainable Development" contest organised by Forbes Magazine in Poland, earning praise from the judges for being the world's first hotel and first company in Poland with BS 8901 certification. Developed specifically for the events industry, this demanding standard for sustainable event management requires organisations to identify and understand the effects that their activities have on the environment, on society and on the economy, and to put measures in place to minimise the negative effects. BS 8901 helped the hotel develop its range of sustainable green meetings and the judges appreciated the pro-social and pro-ecological aspects of this achievement, drawing attention to how Responsible Business actions were integrated with business strategy to build competitive advantage.
August 2011 Chief Engineer Willy Schneider marks up 30 years' service
General Manager & District Director Jürgen Wirtz congratulated Willy Schneider, Chief Engineer at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Cologne on reaching a career landmark - 30 years' service with the company. Willy started with us in 1981 when the property was called Palasthotel Berlin. For the past ten years he has advised on safety and security and was involved in the openings of the Park Inn Frankfurt and the Park Inn Nuremberg. He is held in great esteem by younger co-workers and is always willing to share his know-how with anyone who may need it. We salute and thank him for his loyalty, excellent service and patience!
July 2011 Rezidor's Marketing Director, Nordics receives Danish meeting industry's annual honorary award
Members of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) recently gathered for the Danish MPI Awards gala event to celebrate and honour those who contribute to the planning and running of the Danish meeting industry on a daily basis. The annual honorary award is presented to someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the Danish meeting industry. The committee had little doubt about that, choosing a well-known name in the travel industry: Ole Sorang, Rezidor's Marketing Director, Nordics. He received the award together with these lavish words of praise: "A highly committed personality in the Danish and international meeting industry. His commitment has also been crucial on the education front."
July 2011 Radisson Blu Hotel, Kiev becomes first eco-certified hotel in Ukraine
Thanks to the daily efforts of its employees and constant involvement in the social life of the city, the Radisson Blu Hotel in Kiev has been awarded the international environmental certification Green Key, becoming the first eco-certified hotel in the country. Immediately after receiving the award, the hotel's Responsible Business Coordinator, Olena Pnyovska, was invited to the Ukrainian Business Summit on Climate Change to report on this success story - what is needed to be recognised and certified as a "green" hotel.
July 2011 Park Inn by Radisson Izhevsk: Best Hotel
Since its successful start-up in 2008, when it was the first internationally branded hotel in Russia's Udmurt Republic, the Park Inn by Radisson Izhevsk has been a regional leader in the hospitality business. This was duly proved at the annual Republic competition "Reputation and Trust" where the hotel was named "Best Hotel". Victory in this authoritative competition was gained thanks to impeccable cleanliness, high staff professionalism, security, microclimate and many other aspects including economic factors (the hotel's operation volume in 2010 increased by 73% compared with 2009).
July 2011 15 years' service in Polish hotels recognised
Slawek Ciechanowicz of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Wroclaw has celebrated 15 years with Rezidor. As well as being Chief Engineer and a member of the task force programme team, Slawek coordinates all Responsible Business actions in the hotel and trains staff in the Living and Leading Responsible Business programme. He has been with the hotel since 2002, when he moved from the Radisson Blu Hotel in Szczecin to help with Wroclaw's grand opening. Congratulations from the whole Wroclaw team and friends at Rezidor!
July 2011 Park Inn Aberdeen sponsors Best International Hospitality Management Student Award
The Park Inn Aberdeen was delighted to sponsor an ongoing award for the "Best Overall 3rd Year International Hospitality Management Student" at the request of Aberdeen's Robert Gordon University. Besides strengthening an already growing partnership, there was the unexpected added bonus of seeing one of the hotel's own team members receiving the honour. Sharon Yong has been part of the Front Office team since the hotel opened in August 2010 and is the first student to win this prize.
July 2011 Rezidor scoops Best Employer in Hospitality Award

The Rezidor Hotel Group has triumphed at the 2011 Best Employers in Hospitality Awards England & Wales, beating Hilton Worldwide and MacDonald Hotels to take first place in the category Best Large Hotel Group Employer. Over 300 employers from across the hospitality industry converged in London on 21 June to celebrate the best employers in the UK's hotel, restaurant, pub, bar and catering sectors.

Organised by hospitality recruitment specialist Caterer.com, the awards are based on the opinions of over 5,000 employees working for the companies that entered. The results were gathered using an employee engagement survey designed by talent specialists learnpurple and were based solely on the responses from employees, thus offering an unbiased view reflecting true employee perceptions. So this is a big honour for all of us!

July 2011 Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Hotel has Best Hotel Spa
The Health Spa at the Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Hotel has been named Best Hotel Spa in this year's Irish Tatler Spa Awards. Set amidst 1,300 acres of unspoilt countryside and only 90 minutes from Dublin, it is one of Ireland's most popular spa retreats. The judges were impressed with the spaciousness of the luxurious spa, which covers a massive 40,000 square feet and encompasses the Water Mint Thermal Suite with Aroma Steam Bath, Kneipp Walk, Laconium, Ice Fountain, Reflexology Foot Basins, and experience showers, as well as the Indoor and Outdoor Infinity Hydrotherapy pool, 19 treatment rooms, relaxation and chill-out areas, and a large restaurant serving healthy and wholesome food.
July 2011 Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp: Green Key certification
The Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel in Antwerp is now certified Green Key, the official international quality label for environmentally friendly tourism attractions and accommodation. Conventional lighting has been replaced with LED lights and energy-efficient bulbs. Water usage has been reduced with new water-saving shower heads and by installing flow-restricting filters in taps. Waste is segregated and hotel guests are even encouraged to do their bit with waste separation bins being provided in the lobby. The money saved due to this sustainable management policy is being used to optimise all services to hotel guests. Win-win all round!
July 2011 Radisson Blu Hotel in Bucharest announced Romanian Hotel of Year
The Radisson Blu Hotel in Bucharest has been announced Romanian Hotel of Year by the Hotel Tourism & Leisure Investment Forum at its Excellence Awards ceremony. The judges were the very top experts in the hospitality industry. The hotel was also runner-up in the categories Convention Venue of the Year and Best Bar of the Year with its Dark Bla Bar. In this late-night Bucharest lounge, guests can peruse the superbly stocked humidor and unrivalled selection of top-quality whiskies while rubbing shoulders with the best company in the city.
July 2011 Radisson Blu top 10 employer for Lithuanian students
Many polls are published around the world each year ranking the companies that university and college students most want to work for. For the most part, the findings are similar - everyone wants to work for Google, followed by major international accounting and consultancy firms. The job-search website CV Online and the student organisation AIESEC recently polled Lithuanian students on their employer preferences, and out of 150 companies Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts was chosen as one of the Top 10, the first time a company in the hospitality industry has been included in the list.
July 2011 Radisson Blu Palais Hotel, Vienna awarded AMA-Gastrosiegel
The Radisson Blu Palais Hotel, Vienna has been awarded the AMA-Gastrosiegel, one of the most stringent food quality and traceability systems in Austria. With this award, the hotel guarantees that guests will be served only the highest quality products. Transparency of origin is another key aspect. General Manager Heimo Leitgeb and Chef Harald Riedl are delighted to receive this quality seal of approval.
July 2011 Radisson Blu Hotel, Muscat officially recognised by Omani Ministry of Health
The Radisson Blu Hotel in Muscat has been officially recognised by the Omani Ministry of Health for its ongoing efforts within the local community to donate blood. The hotel team is leading and living Responsible Business by organising a "Give Blood" campaign for all employees twice a year and proudly accepted an award at a recent event held to honour companies in the community that showed a particularly caring attitude.
July 2011 Park Inn by Radisson Kazan recognised for Commercial Real Estate Excellence
The Park Inn by Radisson Kazan and its owner "Regional Hotel Chain" have been recognised for Commercial Real Estate Excellence at the recent CRE Federal Awards 2011 in St Petersburg. These annual professional awards are the most important and prestigious event in Russia's commercial property industry. The official prize is a Golden Brick, symbolising the "golden contribution" that the project development team has made to the completion of the building's construction. The same size and shape as commonly used building bricks, the golden version is made of brass and coated with polished 24-carat gold. Each award is a copyrighted work and is made especially for the winner.
May 2011 Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton, Johannesburg chef shines in Chaîne des Rôtisseurs competition

Wamukelwe Zuma, Chef de Partie at the Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton in Johannesburg, took top honours at this year's Chaîne des Rôtisseurs regional competition. Chef Wamu, as he is known, then went on to earn a well-deserved bronze medal in the national finals.

The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, an international gastronomic society founded in Paris in 1950, traces its origins back to 1248. Its annually hosted international competition tasked this year's six finalists with creating a three-course meal from a mystery basket of food of Turkish origin.

Chef Wamu gratefully acknowledges that his success would not have been possible without the contribution of the dynamic leadership provided in the Radisson Blu Sandton kitchen headed by Executive Chef Vonique Van Zyl, and his personal friend and Sous Chef Jaco Nel.

May 2011 Silver anniversary for Rezidor's Director Group Accounting

Alain Wouters, Rezidor's Director Group Accounting, recently received his 5-diamond pin for 25 years of service. He is the first Belgian local employee to reach this milestone.

Alain started with SAS back in May 1986 as accountant and assistant to the Financial & Administration Manager and was responsible for automating the office, introducing the first PCs and software packages. By 1994 he had risen to the position of Chief Accountant, and in 2009 was appointed to his present post. We salute another great Rezidorian for his untiring commitment, hard work and key contribution to the success of our company.

May 2011 Finn Schulz receives Carlson Fellow Award

Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company, has honoured nine employees for outstanding career achievement with its 2010 Carlson Fellows awards, and Mr Finn Schulz, Rezidor's Senior Vice President IT, is amongst the winners.

Finn is the third Rezidorian to receive this recognition, in addition to President & CEO Kurt Ritter and Deputy President & CFO Knut Kleiven.

Finn Schulz (57), Danish national, has a 38-year international career within Westin Hotels, SAS International Hotels, Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts and The Rezidor Hotel Group behind him. Finn joined the Corporate Offices of SAS International Hotels as a Systems Development Manager and later became IT Director of the company, a position he held nine years until he was named Vice President IT in 1999 and then Senior Vice President IT in 2006.

The Carlson Fellow award was established in 1988 during Carlson's 50th anniversary, where 31 active and retired employees became the first members inducted into the Carlson Hall of Fame. They were recognised for their outstanding contributions and commitment to Carlson during its first 50 years of operation.

The tradition continues today. Since 1988, 232 Carlson employees have received the award named in honour of Carlson founder Curtis L. Carlson. The award is a bronze, small-scale model of a life-size sculpture of Carlson displayed in the company's corporate headquarters. The replicas were created for Carlson by J. Paul Nesse, a world-famous sculptor.

"This award is especially meaningful as it recognises those who have produced great results for the company, shown true leadership and dedication, and exemplified our values over their careers," said Hubert Joly, President & CEO of Carlson.

May 2011 Radisson Blu Palais Hotel, Vienna's Vendome Spa selected as SENSES Best Spa in a Business Hotel 2011
The annual SENSES Awards held to coincide with the ITB International Tourism Fair in Berlin, the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai and ITB Asia in Singapore have already become an international barometer, especially as a hallmark of excellence for the Wellness and Lifestyle industry as a whole. And this year there was good news on the home front as the Vendome Spa at the Radisson Blu Palais Hotel, Vienna was selected as the SENSES Best Spa in a Business Hotel 2011 from about 600 entrants. Spa-ctacular!
May 2011 Marilyn Carlson Nelson enters Hall of Fame

Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company, announced in April that Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Chairman and former CEO of Carlson, has been honoured with membership of the British Travel and Hospitality Industry Hall of Fame for her outstanding achievement in helping to create and develop the travel, hospitality and tourism industry.

Ms Carlson Nelson's father, Curtis L. Carlson, founder of Carlson, was among the first industry leaders to receive the same accolade when he became a member in 1996.

"Our industry brings people of different cultures and faiths together around common goals. It facilitates global partnerships. It replenishes the spirit. It inspires curiosity and wonder. And, it builds friendships. The truth is, as an industry we are more relevant and more needed in today's world than perhaps at any other time in our history," said Ms Carlson Nelson in accepting her award.

Under her decade-long tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer of Carlson, starting in 1998, she doubled its system-wide revenue to nearly USD 40 billion and expanded its global presence in more than 150 countries. She personally orchestrated a number of mergers and acquisitions, including the merger of Carlson business travel agency operations with Accor of France, creating Carlson Wagonlit Travel, as well as the acquisition of Navigant International. She also oversaw the merger of Regent Hotels & Resorts and Radisson Seven Seas Cruises under the global Regent banner.

Ms Carlson Nelson has been named one of the "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" by Forbes. US News & World Report selected her as one of "America's Best Leaders" and Ethisphere Magazine listed her as one of the "100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics". She is on the World Economic Forum's International Business Council and is also a member of the World Travel and Tourism Council. She serves on The World Bank's Global Private Sector Leaders Forum and is co-founder and advisory board member of the Women Leaders Programme of the World Economic Forum.

In the US, Ms Carlson Nelson served as Chair of the National Women's Business Council, a bi-partisan advisory council to the President and Congress, and is past Chair of the US Travel and Tourism Advisory Board.

Under her leadership, Carlson was the first North American travel company to take a stand in the fight against the sexual exploitation of children in the tourism industry by signing an international code of conduct.

May 2011 Park Inn Sandton scoops title of Best Hotel Design at Innovative Excellence in Property Development Awards 2011
At the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) Innovative Excellence in Property Development Awards 2011 held in Cape Town in May, the Park Inn Sandton scooped the title of Best Hotel Design. Five of the nine awards went to properties in Sandton, proving it to be the centre of innovative property development and design in South Africa. Developed by New City Group under the direction and leadership of Chaim Cohen, owned by Crystal Lagoon Investments 53 and designed by GLH Architects, the hotel is a prime example of the quality, excellence in design and innovation that these awards acknowledge.
April 2011 National Bartenders Competition provides winning platform for Sofia bartender
Fired by his interest in cocktails, Stoyan Shopov, bartender at the Radisson Blu Grand Hotel in Sofia, has taken part in many competitions in his five-year career behind the bar, but has managed to scoop four awards at this year's National Bartenders Competition. Competing in a field of 50 of Bulgaria's best, he took first prize in the Pepsi competition, second place in the Wine competition, and third in both the Lavazza and Bacardi Mojito competitions. This great success is yet another proof of the high level of professionalism of Radisson Blu employees.
April 2011 Best Service Provider for UK's National Leisure Sales Manager
Annette Gallagher, National Leisure Sales Manager for the UK, recently received the award of "Best Service Provider" from the Coach Tourism industry on behalf of Park Inn UK. The UK Coach Awards recognise the very best in coach travel to the wider public and have been designed to promote the accessibility, affordability and enjoyment that coach travel offers. In the last two years, Annette has worked hard to substantially grow the coach sector and has worked closely with key influencers and operators to strategically position Park Inn by Radisson as a key player in the market. This reward is proof that Annette’s efforts have paid off!
April 2011 Two General Managers reach career landmark
Jörg Schiffmann, Area Vice President Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Southeast Europe, recently congratulated two General Managers on reaching a career landmark: Frank Raspe, District Director and General Manager of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Hannover, and Holger Herrmann, District Director and General Manager of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg Airport, with 25 and 15 years' service respectively. We look forward to working with them both for many years to come.
March 2011 Employees' hard work recognised in Sharjah
The Radisson Blu Resort, Sharjah held its annual staff party in March to reward the employees' hard work for the whole year. Special attention was reserved for two chefs for their success in competitions like the Pastry and Baking Salon 2011, where four medals and certificates were won in different baking categories.
March 2011 Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh takes Bronze in Culinary Championships
The Radisson Blu Hotel in Edinburgh is once again proud of its budding talents within the food and beverage team. Executive Chef Barath Kumar and Sous Chef Vladimirs Kruus recently took part in the ScotHot Championships, which reward and acknowledge those who work in Scottish hospitality, tourism and catering. In the Culinary Championships, both chefs were involved in the "Restaurant Appetiser Plates" category, Barath scooping a bronze medal, while Vladimirs achieved best in the class. Meanwhile, Front of House, Food & Beverage Manager Hina Simpson was nominated for ScotHot's Young Hotelier of the Year Award. In a close final with only six nominations, Hina was highly commended for her work.
March 2011 Rezidor remains one of the World's Most Ethical Companies

The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the fastest growing and most dynamic hotel companies worldwide, has been recognised as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for the second year in a row. Following a first award in 2010, the Ethisphere Institute (USA) has again honoured Rezidor's real and sustained ethical leadership and has named the group as one of the 2011 World's Most Ethical Companies.

"We are delighted to receive this prestigious award again, and we are proud that we could maintain our status as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies," said Kurt Ritter, President & CEO of Rezidor. "We defended our rank by continuing to go the extra mile and by working with upright business practices that support our own success, bring benefit to the community and raise the bar for ethical standards within the industry."

Rezidor's award-winning and Group-wide Responsible Business programme has its roots as far back as 1989. Besides respect for social and ethical issues within the company, the programme also focuses on health and safety for guests and employees as well as on a reduced negative impact on the environment. Rezidor's ethical culture and Code of Business Ethics is introduced to each employee through the Living Responsible Business training programme. This foundation is expanded and promoted widely within Rezidor from the STAR supervisor development programme, to internal audit training and all the way up to the internal General Managers Certification Programme. It is further reflected in the "Always Care" motto of the Group's Safety and Security programme, TRIC=S, which is internationally recognised as best practice for corporate security management.

This is the fifth year Ethisphere, a think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability, has published the WME rankings and presented 110 companies chosen by a committee of leading attorneys, professors, government officials and organisation leaders. The methodology for the WME ranking includes seven distinct categories: Corporate Citizenship and Responsibility; Corporate Governance; Innovation that Contributes to the Public Well Being; Industry Leadership; Executive Leadership and Tone from the Top; Legal, Regulatory and Reputation Track Record; and Internal Systems and Ethics/Compliance Programme.

A sampling of other 2011 winners includes Adidas, Timberland, Microsoft, American Express, Starbucks and UPS.

Read more about the 2011 World's Most Ethical Companies at http://ethisphere.com/2011-worlds-most-ethical-companies/

March 2011 Best national and international hotel chain in Sweden & Norway

The Rezidor Hotel Group was the big-time winner at the Grand Travel Awards 2011 in Norway: with its core brands Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson, Rezidor was pronounced best national and international hotel chain. The Grand Travel Awards, managed by Norway's Travel News magazine, are regarded as the industry's most prestigious awards and are based on the votes of hundreds of opinion leaders and decision-makers.

"We won the award as best international hotel chain in Norway for the fourth consecutive year, and are proud and delighted to have also been chosen as best national hotel chain for the first time," commented Christian Gartmann, Rezidor's Area Vice President for the Nordics. "The awards mean both acknowledgement and motivation to our teams, which have been working hard to increase our brand awareness in the Nordics. Our goal is to build on our strengths and successes and to remain a top player within the region."

The Rezidor Hotel Group is also proud to announce it has won the award for best international hotel chain in Sweden. "This confirms that our commitment to providing our guests with high-level service and great products in all countries is recognised. I also believe that offering hotels in attractive locations was a strong factor in winning the award," says Pia Djupmark, Regional Director Sweden - The Rezidor Hotel Group.

Over 600 people from the Swedish travel and tourism industry jointly voted Radisson Blu the best international hotel chain. The other nominees within this category were Hilton, Intercontinental, Marriott and Sheraton.

"The fact that over 600 people from the travel and tourism industry in Sweden voted for us is amazing. We diligently work to strengthen our partnerships and relationships with corporate and leisure travel agents. This award is a very good indicator that our efforts are working," adds Djupmark.

March 2011 Park Inn Al Khobar named Best Mid-market Hotel in Saudi Arabia at inaugural Saudi Excellence in Tourism Awards
Park Inn Al Khobar was recently named the "Best Mid-market Hotel in Saudi Arabia" at the first ever Saudi Excellence in Tourism Awards. The hotel fought off tough competition from 16 other nominees to receive the top honour. The nominees for each category were decided by an online public vote, before a panel of eight leading national and international experts connected with tourism, hospitality, marketing and commerce determined the winners based on various criteria. The awards are held under the patronage of HRH Prince Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz, President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities.
March 2011 Dubai Deira Creek chefs demonstrate culinary excellence at Emirates International Salon Culinaire 2011
True to tradition, the team of chefs at Dubai Deira Creek's Radisson Blu Hotel worked their magic at the Emirates International Salon Culinaire 2011, conjuring up no fewer than 19 medals and 17 certificates of merit! More than 1,300 chefs from the Middle East participated in this annual event, competing in 25 categories ranging from creation and preparation of a five-course gourmet meal to dessert plates, ice carvings and confectionery. This year's outstanding performers in the Radisson Blu team were the Kitchen Artists Rovert Cagayat and Rodel Acala, who both won two Gold, a Silver and a Bronze.
March 2011 Chef Uwe demonstrates world class at Gourmand Awards
Chef Uwe Micheel, Director of Kitchens at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek, has won the best Gourmand World Cookbook Award in the UAE for his first ever book published, entitled "Chef at Home", which also came out on top in the categories Best Chef Book, Best Easy Recipe Book and Best First Book. He then went on to compete against winners in other countries for The Best in the World Gourmand Awards, which took place in Paris in March, and made it to second place for the "Best First Cookbook in the World"!
March 2011 Business Travel Award: Radisson Blu is Best Hotel Chain 2011

Some 10,000 voters from the travel industry and business travellers from the Nordic countries have chosen Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts as the Best Hotel Chain in Scandinavia, for the fifth consecutive year. The Business Travel Award was presented at the TUR Travel Show in Gothenburg, Scandinavia's biggest and most prestigious Travel Show.

Business Travel Awards are based on results from the Nordic study Nordic Business Travel Barometer (NBTB). Each nominated company is assessed on 12 different criteria. The winner must score the highest points in overall customer satisfaction in each category. Business travellers agreed that high service level and good product standards were some of the areas in which Radisson Blu excelled.

February 2011 Radisson Blu Hotel, Lucerne awarded highest quality certification

In February 2011 the Radisson Blu Hotel, Lucerne was given the highest level of quality certification by the Swiss Tourism Association. General Manager Markus Conzelmann and Assistant Head of Administration Mirjam Sulzer proudly received the award. All Q3-certified companies give top priority to quality and have implemented an internationally accepted quality management system.

And proving that quality matters, the hotel was also recently voted "Top Hotel in Lucerne" by the hotel reservation site Hotel.de.

February 2011 Best New Hotel: Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel, Tbilisi
The Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel in Tbilisi has been named "Best New Hotel" at the Central Asia and Turkey Hotel Investment Conference (CATHIC). A panel of prominent hotel and tourism experts selected what has now become the leading luxury hotel in Georgia from among all recently opened hotels in the Caucasus and Central Asian region. The award was officially presented in Istanbul in February during the CATHIC 2011 event, the largest gathering of hotel investors, operators and developers from Central Asia & Turkey.
February 2011 Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg General Manager recognised as one of top 50 hoteliers
Oliver Staas, who has been General Manager of the completely renovated Radisson Blu Hotel in Hamburg since September 2010, received an award from Busche Verlag in February, as leading figures in the German and international hotel industry met for the third year in a row at the "Branchentreff Schlummer Atlas Top 50 Hoteliers 2011". Oliver was honoured with the highest recognition of excellence in the areas of service, food & beverage, sales & marketing, human resources, controlling and purchasing.
January 2011 Wroclaw chef displays haute cuisine skills on global stage
Twenty-four chefs selected from the best kitchens in the world gathered in Lyon (France) in January to prepare two exceptional dishes within 5½ hours, live in front of the public, the press and a panel of judges. The Grand Finale of the grandiose Bocuse d'Or cooking contest included a representative from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Wroclaw: Executive Chef Piotr Lisiewski, acting as team coach, took the three-man Polish team to the final stages for the first time in history and displayed his impressive haute cuisine skills on the global stage. It was a great success for Poland and also for the hotel.
January 2011 Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice is first upscale hotel in France to be awarded Diversity Label
The continuing commitment of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Nice to prevent discrimination, strive for equality and promote diversity in all areas of its HR policy has been rewarded by the French government: it is the first upscale hotel in France to be awarded the Diversity Label. The French Minister of the Interior, Brice Hortefeux, officially presented the label to General Manager Lionel Servant, who commented: "We are proud to fulfil a pioneering role in the fight against all forms of discrimination. Obtaining the Diversity Label will enable us to share our values with others in the hospitality industry."
January 2011 Regent Esplanade Zagreb showered with awards

The Regent Esplanade Zagreb has recently won a clutch of accolades, confirming its position as one of the best luxury hotels in Croatia, Europe and the world!

Not for the first time, it took the "Tourist Flower" Quality for Croatia Award for the best 5-star hotel in continental Croatia, presented by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and Croatian national television. The hotel also scooped the Touristar Award, which recognises the best hotels in the country, as voted by major hotel industry experts.

And the Regent Esplanade Zagreb's reputation is not confined to Croatia, as it features on the famous Gold List of Conde Nast Traveler, the world's premier travel magazine, among the best hotels in Europe. To crown its achievements, the hotel was named top Luxury City Hotel at the 2010 World Luxury Hotel Awards (WLHA) Gala Ceremony in Thailand. The WLHA are the world's most prestigious awards exclusive to the luxury hotel industry and recognise the best facilities and service excellence the industry has to offer.

January 2011 Radisson Blu Hotel, Kuwait restaurant takes first place in Fine Dining Restaurant category of the Service Hero 2010 Kuwait Awards

The luxurious Peacock restaurant at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Kuwait won first place in the Fine Dining Restaurant category of the Service Hero 2010 Kuwait Awards. Peacock was chosen as the winner from 27 different competitors in this prestigious consumer poll. The Radisson Blu Hotel Kuwait's Al Boom steak and seafood restaurant was also short-listed as one of the top three nominees.

As an added bonus, Peacock was named as the Country Wide Winner, beating the frontrunners in the 15 different categories, which included major international companies like Mercedes, Lexus, Wataniya Airways & Ikea.

Service Hero adheres to principles set out by ESOMAR - the European Society of Opinion and Market Research. The 2010 award attracted 8,743 votes, based on six key service dimensions: behaviour, location, speed, product quality, reliability and value for money.

January 2011 Abu Dhabi's Filini gets 'Ospitalità Italiana' Seal of Quality
Filini, the contemporary Italian bar & restaurant at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island, has been honoured with the "Ospitalità Italiana" Seal of Quality, awarded by the Italian Chamber of Commerce in the UAE. This Seal is conferred on restaurants that promote the image of Italian restaurants outside Italy and guarantee that the high standards and quality of Italian hospitality are met. Italian Chef Thomas Marchi from Filini received the Seal at a glamorous ceremony held in Dubai as part of the Italian Festival Week.
January 2011 Rezidor's marketing campaign strikes gold at Meetings Industry Marketing Awards (MIMA) 2011

Rezidor took Gold for Best Integrated Marketing Campaign at the Meetings Industry Marketing Awards (MIMA) 2011. This most coveted MIMA award was presented in recognition of our Windulge meetings & events (MICE) campaign.

Windulge was a MICE reward programme with two key objectives: to increase spend by existing booking agents and encourage new business from smaller MICE agencies, likely to grow in the future. The campaign offered agents the opportunity to "windulge" themselves - to win big with indulgent rewards. Every booking or enquiry qualified for entry into various prize draws, with prizes ranging from Rezidor gift cards to a 4-night spa break in Dubrovnik.

There was a clear impact on revenues during the campaign, with MICE bookings up by 95% and income generated increasing by 16% over the same period of the previous year.

Rezidor was the unanimous choice of the judging panel, which commented that this was the best campaign entry they had seen in years.

January 2011 Rezidor Hotel Group's entire Middle East portfolio achieves Green Key Certification

The Rezidor Hotel Group has become the first international hotel group to achieve full Green Key certification across all of its hotels and brands in the Middle East.

Rezidor's entire Middle East portfolio has achieved the Green Key eco-label; this includes all Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson hotels across six countries. The Rezidor Hotel Group has a long-standing commitment to Responsible Business and green practices, something that is reflected across all brands, hotels and locations.

The Group announced its plans to become fully Green Key-certified in late 2010, with the aim of having every property certified by mid-2011. However, due to the fact that all the hotels already had established Responsible Business policies and practices in place, the Rezidor hotels operating in the region passed the Green Key audit in just four months.

Over half of the Group's hotels across Europe, the Middle East & Africa are currently eco-labelled, with this number growing rapidly. In fact, Rezidor is helping eco-labelling bodies expand their operations to new countries by piloting their criteria at Rezidor hotels.

"Our Responsible Business and green ethos is engrained in our everyday operations. We are delighted that we are leading the way in this area in our region and that an independent third party such as Green Key recognises our ongoing efforts," commented Marko Hytonen, Area Vice President, Middle East.

The Green Key is a global eco-label for the leisure industry. In order to gain Green Key certification, hotels have to fulfil a list of environmental requirements, covering a wide range of criteria ranging from environmental demands to demands on policy, availability of action plans, education and communication. Obtaining the Green Key shows the sense of responsibility an organisation has for its surroundings and for society.

January 2011 Grand Travel Award Norway 2011: Rezidor the Best National and International Hotel Chain

The Rezidor Hotel Group was the big winner at the Grand Travel Awards 2011 in Norway: our core brands of Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson received the awards for Best National and Best International Hotel Chain. The highly prestigious Grand Travel Awards are managed by Norway's Travel News magazine and are based on votes from hundreds of key opinion-formers.

"We won the Best International Hotel Chain award for the fourth consecutive year. And we are very proud to have also received the Best National Hotel Chain award for the first time," said a delighted Christian Gartmann, Rezidor's Area Vice President for the Nordics. "These awards are an acknowledgement of our team's enormous efforts to increase our brand awareness in the Nordics. They will also motivate us to continue working on our strengths and to remain a top player within the region. We are proud that Rezidor's impressive history started in the Nordics back in 1960 with the world's first designer hotel - the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen. And the success story continues: this year's regional highlight is the launch of the spectacular, 414-room Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, Stockholm."

January 2011 Regent Esplanade Hotel Zagreb has best Croatian Pastry Chef

At the recent State Pastry Chefs Championships, the title of best Croatian Pastry Chef once again went to Mirjana Kozlina from the Regent Esplanade Hotel in Zagreb. Her medal tally was an impressive two gold and four silver.

As a member of the Croatian Culinary Federation, Mirjana also took part in the Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg. This acclaimed international competition has a long tradition and is held every four years. Together with over 1,000 competitors from 53 countries, Croatia participated with the national culinary team and two regional teams and was rewarded with six bronze medals.

January 2011 Radisson Sonya Hotel, St Petersburg has Best Hotel Restaurant
The Metamorfos restaurant at the newly rebranded Radisson Sonya Hotel in St Petersburg has been showered with praise lately. First, it was voted "Best Hotel Restaurant" in Time Out magazine's "Menu & Bill 2010" competition, based on the opinions of both restaurant experts and restaurant clients. The beautifully designed restaurant was also named "Restaurant with exclusive interior 2010" by the famous travel magazine Where. This special award is organised annually and recognises the best public places in the city of St Petersburg.
October 2010
Arild Hovland receives RHIC 2010 Leadership Award
Click here to download this photo.   Russian Hotel Investment Conference honours Rezidor’s business development Arild Hovland, Senior Vice President Business Development at Rezidor, has received the RHIC 2010 Leadership Award on the occasion of the Russian Hotel Investment Conference in Moscow.
September 2010
Rezidor president and CEO Kurt Ritter honoured with “CEO of the year – hospitality & tourism” award
Click here to download this photo.   Kurt Ritter, President and CEO of the Rezidor Hotel Group, has received the award of “CEO of the year – Hospitality & Tourism” at the prestigious CEO Middle East awards. In granting the award, the judges recognized and praised Kurt Ritter’s dedication and strong
November 2008
Kurt Ritter receives Lifetime Achievement Award at the Worldwide Hospitality Awards ceremony in Paris
2008-11-19 Show the full Press Release as PDF Kurt Ritter, President & CEO of The Rezidor Hotel Group, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award 2008, on the occasion of the prestigious Worldwide Hospitality Awards – organized by HTR Magazine and MKG Group – celebrated on November 18 in Paris.