<== Carlson Hotels ==>

Carlson

Carlson (headquartered in Plymouth, Minnesota) is a family held company in the hospitality and marketing industry. The Carlson Company portfolio of brands includes the first class Radisson Hotel, the trend setting Park Plaza, the energetic miscale Park Inn and cozy Country Inns and Suites.

When you stay at any hotel in the Carlson family, you build gold point rewards. (Note, booking online direct through Radisson.com gives you a guaranteed lowest online rate.)

The hotel group includes well over 1000 hotels in markets around the world. Most hotels are locally owned franchises. The Carlson Ambitions 2015 project seeks to expand this number to 1500 units.

Carlson Wagonlit Travel is a travel agency catering to corporations.

Country Inn
Country Inn

Restaurants

On the eating side of the hospitality industry, Carlson runs the popular TGI Fridays and Pick Up Stix restaurants.

History

Carlson Companies was established in 1938 by Curt Carlson as the Gold Bond Stamp Company. Gold Bond was a popular rewards program in grocery stores. Carlson purchased the Minneapolis Radisson Hotel in 1962. As interest in rewards stamps diminished, Carlson changed its focus to hospitality. They purchased TGI Fridays in 1975 and Comfort Suites in 1987. They built the Park Plaza, Park Inn and Comfort Inns and Suites brands to address niche markets in the hotel industry.

Hoovers reports that, in 2006, Carlson Hotels had 176,000 employees and $37 billion in sales.

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