Radisson Hotels was founded in 1909 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The hotel chain is named after the 17th century French explorer Pierre Esprit Radisson. Curt Carlson purchased the company in 1962. It is still owned and operated by the Carlson family and is a subsidiary of Carlson, Inc.
Although the name is Radisson International, the majority of hotels are in the US.The company has a chain of 14 luxury hotels in the UK, which go by the name of Radisson Blu. Radisson Red hotels were launched in 2015 and are aimed at younger persons. The company has plans to open 60 Radisson Red’s in international locations by 2020.
The company currently has 990 locations in 73 countries, with plans to expand into emerging markets, such as Russia, India, and Brazil, in the next decade. Company headquarters are located in Minnetonka, Minnesota.