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Radisson is an American international hotel chain of the Radisson Hotel Group based in Minnetonka, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. The parent company, Radisson Hotel Group, has been majority owned by a consortium led by China's Jin Jiang since 2018.[1]

IndustryHospitality, Hotels, Tourism
Founded1909; 110 years ago (1909)
HeadquartersMinnetonka, Minnesota, U.S.
Key people
Trudy Rautio, President and CEO
  • Country Inn & Suites
  • Radisson
  • Radisson Blu
  • Radisson Collection
  • Radisson Red
  • Park Inn by Radisson
  • Park Plaza
  • Radisson Jass
ParentRadisson Hotel Group


The first Radisson hotel was built in 1909 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. It is named after the 17th-century French explorer, ranger and furrier Pierre-Esprit Radisson.[2] The hotel was purchased in 1962 by Curt Carlson (1914–1999). Heirs of Curt Carlson, owned the company from 1999 until 2016. Since 2016, the parent company Radisson Hotel Group had been majority owned by China's HNA Group, but as of 2018 that stake was resold to a consortium led by Jin Jiang.[1] As of 2019, Radisson Hotel Group owns or operates seven hotel brands: Radisson, Radisson Blu, Radisson Collection, Radisson Red, Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Park Inn by Radisson and Park Plaza.


Radisson hotel in Covington, Kentucky


Radisson Blu hotel in the center of the city of Szczecin, Poland
Park Inn by Radisson in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The majority of Radisson-branded hotels are located in the United States. The company's headquarters, as well as the headquarters of the owner, Radisson Hospitality, Inc., are located in Minnetonka, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis, the city where the first Radisson Hotel was built. The original Radisson Hotel, founded by heiress Edna Dickerson, was opened on December 15, 1909 at 41 South Seventh Street in Minneapolis.[3]

Radisson BluEdit

Radisson Blu is the brand name for Radisson hotels primarily outside the United States, including those in Europe, Africa and Asia. The hotels were operated by Radisson Hospitality AB (former Rezidor Hotel Group AB), of which Radisson Hospitality, Inc. is the main stakeholder.[4] Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) was previously a major shareholder and licensed its brand for Radisson SAS hotels. Following the withdrawal of SAS from the partnership on February 4, 2009, the name was gradually replaced by Radisson Blu.[5][6][non-primary source needed]

Radisson Blu operates 158 hotels, with 42 projects in development.[7] Radisson Blu previously did not exist within the borders of the United States. The first Radisson Blu in the United States opened in downtown Chicago in Aqua, a skyscraper, in November 2011. The second one opened in March 2013 in Bloomington, Minnesota and is connected to the Mall of America. Former Radisson Plaza hotels in Philadelphia and Minneapolis were converted to Radisson Blu.[8]

Radisson Blu Edwardian HotelsEdit

Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotels is a line of luxury hotels in London and Manchester, owned by Edwardian Hotels and often operating in historic buildings:[9]

Radisson RedEdit

Radisson RED is a hotel brand targeted at young travelers. It officially launched in 2015, with the first hotel opening in Brussels in April 2016. Hotels will be in cities worldwide, with a target of 60 locations by 2020.[7]

Radisson CollectionEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Jena Tesse Fox (August 10, 2018). "Jin Jiang to buy Radisson Hospitality from HNA Group". Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  2. ^ "Radisson About us". Radisson. Archived from the original on 2009-03-28. Retrieved 2009-02-22.
  3. ^ Jack El-Hai, Lost Minnesota: Stories of Vanished Places (University of Minnesota Press, 2000) p48
  4. ^ "Our Brands - Radisson Blu". Retrieved 2019-11-05.
  5. ^ "Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts to change their name to Radisson Blu" (Press release). Rezidor. Archived from the original on January 4, 2013. Retrieved 2009-02-22.
  6. ^ "Radisson Hotel Group | History". Retrieved 2019-11-05.
  7. ^ a b Karmin, Craig (February 18, 2014). "Radisson to Launch Hotel for Millennials". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on August 6, 2016.
  8. ^ "Radisson Blu to Open First Hotel in the U.S. in Chicago". Hotel Chatter. Archived from the original on 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2011-06-29.
  9. ^ Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotels

External linksEdit

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