Industry heavyweight created as Carlson and Rezidor come together

Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company, and The Rezidor Hotel Group have today announced they have established The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.

Rezidor is one of the fastest growing hotel companies in the world.

Rezidor president Kurt Ritter, left, and Hubert Joly or Carlson celebrate the deal

While the legal status and ownership structure of Carlson and Rezidor remain the same, the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group will pursue the global alignment and management of its brands, the ambitious development of its revenue generation engines, global purchasing opportunities, and people development, on a global basis.

Commercial activities will be conducted under the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group name, irrespective of geographies.

“Carlson and Rezidor have a long common history and have grown together over the past 17 years,” said Carlson president Hubert Joly.

“Going to market as one is a next and natural step.

“We are leveraging the strengths of two great companies to create value for all our stakeholders.”

The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group becomes one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups, with a portfolio of more than 1,300 hotels, a global footprint covering 80 countries, and a powerful set of global brands.

These include Radisson Blu; Radisson; Country Inns & Suites By Carlson, Park Inn by Radisson; Hotel Missoni; and Park Plaza.

“The goal of this development is to generate more attractive financial returns for the owners and greater value for all shareholders, to be perceived by business partners around the world as one global hotel company, to offer more compelling and consistent value propositions to the guests, and to offer global career and development opportunities to the staff,” said Rezidor president Kurt Ritter.

Through a number of concrete revenue generation initiatives, the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group aims to generate more than US$400 million in additional revenue and a RevPAR Index increase of more than nine points by 2015.

These initiatives include a reinforced global sales team; unique revenue optimization tools, partnership projects with travel intermediaries, including Carlson Wagonlit Travel; and the rapid growth of Club Carlson, the group’s successful loyalty program.

The group will pursue the global alignment and management of its brands to ensure that its guests enjoy a compelling and consistent value proposition around the world.

Joint purchasing activities entail the development of competitive sourcing agreements, especially for high-spend and business-critical categories.

Global people development programs also will help the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group fulfill its ambition to be the number one hospitality company to work for.

A global steering committee has been established to oversee these value creation areas and the development of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.

The steering committee is co-chaired by Joly and Ritter.

The group’s new website will launch Feb 1st.