Radisson Hotels is one of the leading, full-service global hotel companies with more than 420 locations in 73 countries.  The first Radisson Hotel was built in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1909, and was named after the 17th century French explorer Pierre-Esprit Radisson.  The hotel was purchased by Curt Carlson (1914–1999) in 1962, and is still owned by his company, Carlson. In the United States The majority of Radisson-branded hotels are located in the United States.
The company’s headquarters, as well as the headquarters of the parent company, Carlson, are located in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota, the city where the first Radisson Hotel was built. Radisson Blu, formerly Radisson SAS, is the brand name for Radisson hotels outside the United States, including those in Europe, Africa, and Asia. These are operated by Belgian hotel firm Rezidor Hotel Group under a master franchise contract with Carlson. Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) was previously a major shareholder in Rezidor Hotel Group and licensed it brand for Radisson SAS hotels.
Following the withdrawal of SAS from the partnership, the name has been replaced by Radisson Blu, although the new brand is being introduced gradually across the portfolio. Radisson Blu operates 158 hotels, with 42 projects in development. Radisson Edwardian is the brand name for a group of hotels in the United Kingdom, described to be ‘in the heart of London, Heathrow and Manchester’. The group operates thirteen hotels. The history of Radisson® dates back to 1909 when the first Radisson hotel, named after famous French explorer Pierre Radisson, opened in Minneapolis, MN.
In 1962 the Radisson was acquired by Curt Carlson, a Minneapolis businessman and entrepreneur. Carlson had rocketed to national prominence in the 1940s and 50s with his successful Gold Bond Stamp Company, which pioneered the concept of customer loyalty programs. Over the brand’s rich legacy, they’ve launched many firsts including the first American brand in the U. S. S. R, the first travel agency loyalty program, look to book®, and one of the first partnerships across the Atlantic between Radisson and Rezidor.
The Radisson brand is one of the oldest upscale brands in the United States. | | With locations worldwide, Radisson® has accommodations for every need. From hosting small meetings, to orchestrating large group events, we pride ourselves on developing mutually rewarding relationships with our meeting planners and delivering a consistently satisfying experience. Just a few of the advantages of meeting at Radisson: * Same day response time to RFP’s. * One point of contact – Work with one person for all your event’s needs. Radisson has a 100% guest satisfaction goal for every guest, If someone isn’t satisfied with something, by letting one of their staff know during his stay, they’ll make it right or make sure the guest won’t pay. * With over 400 Radisson locations worldwide, ready to greet with their signature “Yes I Can! ” service. * Free high-speed Internet access at most locations. | Social Events ;amp; Weddings From family reunions to weddings -they can handle events from start to finish. | Points for Planners Making each booking count and rewarding their customers by taking advantage of the goldpoints plus Points for Planners program available through goldpoints plus, and earn the reward deserve! | | Event By Radisson Discovering how this unique service allows the customer to share their event details. Booking an event with Radisson and they’ll create a customized web page for the event with all of the details for the customer’s guests. | | Motorcoach Program Motorcoach groups|
Radisson is a two tier brand offering a choice of an upscale hospitality experience at their Radisson hotels or an upper upscale experience at their Radisson Blu hotels. | | Upscale Radisson hotels offer both business and leisure guests a hospitality experience that is unique and satisfying through their bold service attitude and distinguished product offerings. | Radisson Blu creates iconic buildings with individual interiors invoking an inviting, exciting ambiance and offering a holistic hospitality experience that is totally relevant to now. Upscale Radisson hotels are in major urban and suburban locations, as well as near airports and business districts around the world. | Radisson Blu flagship properties can be found in prime locations, including major cities, airport gateways, and leisure destinations around the world. | Partner Network Airline Partners More choices. More rewards. Customers earn mileage and redemption options through thier goldpoints plus program, or receive standard mileage for stays when presenting their mileage card at check-in.
Radisson partners with worldwide airline programs to provide guests with frequent flyer mileage for stays around the world. Car Rental Partners Putting the points in drive. Customers earn points and save with Avis®, Budget® and Sixt® car rentals. Financial Partners Radisson partners with major financial partners – American Express®, Diners Club®, Discover®, Visa® and MasterCard® – providing guests with special offers and promotions. Financial Partners American Express® Don’t leave home without it. Frequency Program: Membership Miles (800)297-6453| | Diners Club International® Frequency Program: Diners Club Rewards® (800)234-4034| | Discover® Earn and enjoy rewards with the Discover® card. | | MasterCard® There are some things money can’t buy, for everything else there’s MasterCard®. | | Visa® It’s everywhere you want to be. ®| | Minneapolis, MinnesotaSeparated by the mighty Mississippi, the Twin Cities are home to a plethora of museums, entertainment and dining options.
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