History & Heritage

We have more than 75 years of hospitality experience. With that experience, Radisson Hotel Group has grown to become one of the largest hotel companies in the industry with a powerful set of brands that deliver world class hospitality and exceptional service.

History & Heritage

Our Company History


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


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


  • Carlson Hotels launched the Country Inns & Suites® By Carlson brand


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


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


  • SAS International Hotels became The Rezidor Hotel Group and acquired franchise rights to Regent Hotels & Resorts, Park Inn and Country Inns & Suites By Carlson


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


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


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


  • Radisson SAS brand name was updated to Radisson Blu


  • First Hotel Missoni opens in Edinburgh to great acclaim


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


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


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


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


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


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