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Carlson Hotel CEO Wants To Lead The Group To Become Top 3 Hotel Hospitality Groups In The World

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As a family owned company with decades of history and founders’ names, Carlson Hotels Group is in a revolution. For John M Kidd, The new CEO and COO of the group since seven months ago, it is no easy task to be the leader in such a company.

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  • This Minnesota-based hotel group owns well-known hotel brands such as Radisson, Radisson RED, Radisson Blu, Country Inns & Suites, Park Inn by Radisson, Park Plaza and Quorvus Collection.

  • Carlson was acquired by HNA Hotels Group last year, when Kidd was president and chief operating officer of the acquiring company.

“As we all know, any mergers or acquisitions go through a period of full transition, all for the benefit of the business, as is the Carlson Hotel Group,” said John Kidd. “Carlson Hotels Group is a world-class business that has an entrepreneurial spirit from its roots; it is a very prestigious platform with a huge market value, and now what we have to do is to further enhance its value. We sort out all aspects of our business and compare them with our main competitors in the industry. “

He said: “Our vision is to be one of the top three hospitality groups in the world and to be the preferred hospitality company for guests, owners and industry professionals. We have therefore developed a comprehensive five-year plan that we call ‘Destination 2022’ The plan covers operations, asset management, branding and products, marketing, IT, talent and culture, and is a successful booster that I am confident of.

“To be honest, when I first took over as Carlson’s CEO, the company did not do well, and we did business differently than the best hotel companies in the world, so we’re now planning on a five-year plan.It’s a completely new starting point for us to take a fresh look at our guidance by simplifying and optimising our working and financial management models to manage and operate the company at the best standards in the world.”

In Kidd’s plan, Carlson is going to “very aggressively” build the Radisson and Radisson RED brands in the metropolitan area of the United States (the top 15) and quickly raise the standards and quality of its core brand, Radisson. Kidd also said: “The Park Inn is a ‘hidden gem’ in our brand line and has a tremendous opportunity for growth and has achieved some initial success in Europe.”

In addition, Carlson Hotels Group is accelerating the transformation and upgrading of the Country Inns & Suites brand into the Gen 4 product, which is successful in terms of the recognition of home owners and average daily house price (ADR) and net recommended value (NPS) growth . “We firmly believe that Country Inns & Suites brand size can be three to four times now,” Kidd said.

Pure organic growth and asset-light models, including a model for selective management contracts, are Carlson’s key strategy in America while the company is also stepping up the pace of growth in the region.

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My thoughts:

For those of you hotel frequent stayers based in Scandinavia, we are bound with so few options with major hospitality groups in the world, out of those exciting programs, Club Carlson with its high concentration in the region; has became something we can’t help but to settle with. Until this day, they don’t have most of the perks comes with other loyalty programs, so being able to see such positive changes in its leadership position and direction is something we all can hope for.

Although they are under strategic expansion, I fail to see any mention with its Club Carlson program and its future path, so by high-profiling itself aiming to become the top 3 hospitality group in the world surely will get them a lot of attention, however with no plan on improving relationships with their customers, how can they single-handedly dragged themselves up the current top 10 ranking?


Top 10 Largest Hotel Groups in the World by llenrock:

10. Carlson Rezidor

With 7 brands and around 1,400 hotels in 115 countries under its belt, Carlson Rezidor is one of the largest hotel groups in the world as well as one of the most dynamic. With brands such as Raddison, Country Inns and Suites, and Park Inn, the Carlson Rezidor group has a hotel that fits the needs for anybody. Their hotels have plenty of stunning designs and are available widely across 115 different countries.

9. Homeinns Hotel Group

Homeinns Hotel Group was the first hotel group to be branded in China, and is currently one of the largest in the country. With locations in 355 Chinese cities, their presence in the country is overwhelming. While they only have locations in China currently (that’s 2,609 hotels, to be exacts), the group plans on expanding internationally in the near future.

8. Best Western Hotels & Resorts

Best Western is one of the best known hotel names throughout the United States, and has made its mark internationally, as well. Between their 7 brands, Best Western has properties in over 100 different countries, making up a current total of over 300,000 rooms and 4,195 hotels. The brand offers locations that give off more of a stereotypical hotel vibe, as well as modernized luxury resorts for those who want to live life to the fullest.

7. Accor Hotels

Accor Hotels is a French multinational hotel group that operates in almost 100 countries in the world with over 4,000 different hotels. Their 19 different brands offer an array of different lodging experiences, whether someone is looking for a chic urban location, or a fun tropical paradise.

6. Choice Hotels

Choice Hotels has a presence which spans across 40 countries with more than 500,000 rooms globally. The Group projects about 638 hotels in its pipeline, according to Hotel News Now.

5. Jin Jiang International

Although not much information can be found on the largest Chinese hotel company, Hotel News Now reported that after its merger with Plateno in Fall of 2015, the company boasted a whopping 3,090 locations. The 80-year-old group has its star hotel Shanghai Jinjiang Hotel which is known for its European-style architecture.

4. Wyndham Hotel Group

Although Wyndham has a whopping 8,000 open hotels, more than any group ranking higher, the group spans a mere 73 countries and 16 brands, including Dolce, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Days Inn and more.

3. Hilton Worldwide Holdings

Hilton is the third largest hotel group in the world, comprised of 788,864 rooms and 4,820 hotels throughout 104 countries and territories. The group boasts 13 diverse brands such as Curio, Waldorf Astoria, Canopy, and the newly introduced Tru.

2. InterContinental Hotels Group

InterContinental Hotels Group comes in at #2 on our list due to it’s impressive 5,099 existing hotels with an additional 1,461 in the pipeline. The 11 brands are seen worldwide and reported a 2015 revenue of $1,803MM, mostly stemming from the Americas.

1. Marriott International / Starwood Hotels & Resorts

It’s been the merger of the year, making Marriott International the LARGEST hotel croup in the world.With 5,456 existing hotels and 2,101 in the pipeline, it’s no wonder the gigantic company is taking our #1 spot. Back in September of this year, Marriott dished out a mere $13 Billion to acquire Starwood which added brands such as Sheraton, Westin, W and St. Regis under its ownership, creating an umbrella of 30 brands total.

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Hilton Honors Implements Status Extension For All Members & More

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As the situation around novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, Hilton are doing everything they can to provide flexibility for all guests and their Hilton Honors members, this includes all guests may cancel non-refundable reservations at no charge and also extending status for their members based in the great China region, today they have (finally) came out with a new policy that all Hilton Honors members with status will enjoy status extension from one or two years.


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Regarding Hilton Honors Points and Status (March 25, 2020)

Hilton Honors is aware of that earning and using points is not possible for many of their members right now, so a number of adjustments are being made to help members maintain their status and points for the remainder of 2020.

For 2019 Status Extension

All members whose 2019 status was scheduled to be downgraded on March 31, 2020—whether it’s Diamond, Gold or Silver—will automatically receive an extension through March 31, 2021.

For 2020 Status Extension

Hilton Honors is extending 2020 member status through March 31, 2022. This means status members will continue to enjoy all the Diamond, Gold or Silver benefits you have access to today for the next 24 months.

Regarding Points Extension

Hilton Honors will pause the expiration of all Points scheduled to expire from now til December 31, 2020.


Regarding Weekend Night Rewards Earned on Eligible Hilton Credit Cards

Hilton Honors have extended the expiration date of all unexpired Weekend Night Rewards as of March 11, 2020, and all new ones issued until August 30, 2020, through the end of next summer (August 31, 2021).

Regarding Hilton Honors Experiences 

Hilton Honors are monitoring all active Experiences to ensure the safety of our members and provide maximum flexibility. For more information as it relates to event cancellations and Point refunds, you may find more info by visiting their FAQs page.


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The Ritz-Carlton Nikko Opens In 2020, Offers Authentic Japanese Hot Springs

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The Ritz-Carlton Hotel has announced that its fifth hotel in Japan, the Ritz-Carlton Nikko Hotel, plans to open its doors on May 22, 2020. The hotel is located in Nikko National Park, with 94 rooms, where guests can not only enjoy the open and spacious space, but also visit the magnificent Lake Chuzenji and Nantai Mountain, which has been highly regarded since ancient times.

The Ritz Carlton Nikko Hotel
The Ritz Carlton Nikko Hotel

Nikko is located in the northern Kanto region of Japan, two and a half hours drive north of Tokyo. As a popular tourist destination, there are 97 meters of Huayan Falls and natural and cultural treasures such as Shinto temples and Buddhist temples, which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko is located on the east bank of Lake Chuzenji, south of Nantai Mountain. This place is known by locals as Ao Nikko, or “deep” in Nikko. The hotel has a unique location, and guests can easily reach popular check-in sites such as the world cultural heritage of Huayan Falls, Toshogu Shrine, Erhuangshan Shrine and Rinno-ji Temple.

The Ritz Carlton Nikko Environment
The Ritz Carlton Nikko Environment

“We are delighted to be bringing the Ritz-Carlton commitment to service and quality not only to Tochigi prefecture but also to the fascinating location that is Okunikko. This mountainous area west of Nikko’s city center brims with natural beauty and is a destination steeped in culture and history, We look forward to showcasing our legendary service by our Ladies and Gentlemen and to combining this with unique offerings, ensuring that our international guests will find much to explore and certainly many reasons to return.”

Masanori Hosoya, General Manager, The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko.

As a sacred place of worship, since the Buddhist monk Shodo Shonin ascended Nantai Mountain in 782, Nikko has been regarded as a sacred place for worshippers in Japan. For centuries, the scenic Nikko Mountain has been the Japanese court. , The royal family and the tourist attractions of domestic and foreign tourists. Its magnificent temples and temples are listed by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage because of its rich and profound cultural, religious and architectural significance. To this day, the ornate façade of the temple has been maintained along with lacquer ware and gold-plating techniques used in the early 17th century.

In the context of the heritage of the brand, the Ritz-Carlton, Nikko will welcome guests from all walks of life with a unique design and legendary services to experience different Japanese and Japanese cultures. The hotel has a total of 94 spacious and comfortable rooms and suites, ranging from 57 square meters in size, including 9 Lake Zen suites and 277 square meters Ritz-Carlton suites. Combining modern style and elegant Japanese design, each building has a private balcony and a semi-outdoor seating area, where guests can enjoy a panoramic view of the national park.

Executive Chef Shingo Hayasaka from Hokkaido combines fresh local ingredients with their outstanding creative cooking to bring guests a taste bud feast at the hotel’s Japanese restaurant and Italian restaurant, respectively. In the chic bar, guests can enjoy cocktails that are cleverly blended with local elements, or sit on the lakeside terrace for a picnic and admire the rolling mountain scenery.

Nikko Hotel is the first Ritz-Carlton hotel to offer authentic Japanese hot springs. Its luxurious outdoor hot springs, indoor hot springs and popular sulfur hot springs are loved by hot spring lovers. The full-service modern spa also brings the gospel to Ritz-Carlton spa lovers around the world. Guests can also choose to relax in the library lounge or rejuvenate in the 24-hour fitness center. From spring to autumn, nearby hiking trails also appeal to outdoor travellers, and the hotel’s hot spring baths allow guests to enjoy winter scenery in a comfortable atmosphere.


Ritz-Carlton Properties To Open Next Year:

  1. The Ritz-Carlton, Nanjing, China;
  2. The Ritz-Carlton, Mexico City;
  3. The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko, Japan;
  4. The Ritz-Carlton South Beach, Miami;(renovated)
  5. The Ritz-Carlton, Jiuzhaigou, China;
  6. The Ritz-Carlton Rabat, Dar es Salam;
  7. The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley in Scottsdale, Arizona;
  8. The Ritz-Carlton, Tamuda Bay, Morocco;
  9. Pearl Island, a Ritz Carlton Reserve.

Luxury Hotel Boom Ahead of 2020 Olympics:

With the opening of the Olympic Games from 24 July to 9 August and the Paralympic Games, Japan is expected to set a record of 40 million visitors coming to Tokyo next summer, many properties are eager to take advantage of Japan’s tourism boom. The government hopes to raise that number to 60 million by 2030. Almost all of the increase is from tourists; the number of business travellers is flat.

Marriott’s Luxury Portfolio In Japan:

  1. The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo;
  2. The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto;
  3. The Ritz-Carlton Osaka;
  4. The Ritz-Carlton Okinawa;
  5. The St. Regis Osaka;
  6. The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, a Luxury Collection Hotel
  7. Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto;
  8. IRAPH SUI, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Miyako Okinawa;
  9. The Tokyo Edition, Toranomon;(March,2020)
  10. JW Marriott Hotel, Nara;(April,2020)
  11. The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko;(May,2020)
  12. The Tokyo Edition, Ginza;(Summer,2020)
  13. The Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Niseko;(December,2020)
  14. W Osaka;(2021)
  15. Edition, Niseko;
  16. W Niseko;
  17. The Ritz-Carlton Fukuoka;

The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka(2023):

Japanese property developer Sekisui House started a joint project with Marriott International on The Ritz-Carlton, Fukuoka , the hotel will be developed and owned by Daimyo Project TMK, a consortium of five companies including the Sekisui House.

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