The Carlson Rezidor Group honored as Hotel Group of the Year at Worldwide Hospitality Awards 2012
The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has been honored as Hotel Group of the Year at the Worldwide Hospitality Awards 2012. At the gala event in Paris, Trudy Rautio, president & chief executive officer, Carlson, and Kurt Ritter, president & chief executive officer, Rezidor, 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 is a strategic partnership of Carlson, one of the largest privately held hospitality companies worldwide, and Rezidor, one of the fastest growing hotel companies worldwide. The group's portfolio features more than 1,300 hotels and a powerful set of brands (Radisson Blu, Radisson®, Park Plaza®, Park Inn by Radisson, Country Inns & Suites by CarlsonSM, Hotel Missoni, and Regent). Through a number of joint revenue activities, Carlson Rezidor aims to generate more than US$ 400 million in additional revenue and a RevPAR Index increase of more than nine points by 2015.
In Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the group's success can be credited to the leadership of Kurt Ritter, Rezidor's president & chief executive officer. Managing the company since 1989, Swiss-born Ritter has created an entrepreneurial, dynamic and innovative group. Throughout the industry, he is admired for his charisma, his genuine belief in hospitality, and his straightforward approach. Ritter will retire at the end of the year – succeeded by Wolfgang M. Neumann – and will serve as a strategic advisor to Carlson during 2013.
The Worldwide Hospitality Awards were created by Georges Panayotis, president & chief executive officer, MKG Group, as an international competition and opportunity for hotel groups to highlight their exemplary achievements. The jury for the "grand prix" for the Hotel Group of the Year consists of the readers of the renowned trade magazine Hospitality-On.
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About Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
The Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the most dynamic hotel companies in the world and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. The group features a portfolio of approximately 475 hotels in operation or under development with 104,000 rooms in more than 80 countries.
Rezidor operates the core brands Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), along with the Club Carlson loyalty program for frequent hotel guests. In early 2014, and together with Carlson, Rezidor launched the Radisson RED (lifestyle select) and Quorvus Collection (luxury) brands. Since 2016, Rezidor has owned 49% of prizeotel. Rezidor has an industry-leading Responsible Business Program and was awarded one the World's Most Ethical Companies by the US think-tank Ethisphere.
In November 2006, Rezidor was listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm, Sweden. HNA Tourism Group Co., Ltd.—a division of HNA Group Co., Ltd., a Fortune Global 500 company with operations across aviation, tourism, hospitality, finance, and online services among other sectors—became the majority shareholder in December 2016.
The corporate office of The Rezidor Hotel Group is based in Brussels, Belgium.