Carlson accelerates hotel development

Carlson operates numerous hotel brands, including Radisson and Radisson Blu
Carlson operates numerous hotel brands, including Radisson and Radisson Blu

The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group accelerated the growth of its global portfolio in 2014, opening 57 new properties and signing a further 84.

The number of rooms added to Carlson’s global inventory in 2014 increased 16% compared to 2013, with 64% of new rooms located in developing countries – an area Carlson called a “key focus” for the company.

In 2014, Carlson entered several new markets, including Trinidad & Tobago, Sierra Leone, Gabon and Serbia, and signed its first properties hotels in the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Moldova and Uganda. Carlson also unveiled two new brands last year: Radisson Red and the Quorvus Collection.

The group’s global pipeline now stands at 271 hotels.

“It was an exciting and successful year with tremendous growth, development momentum, revenue increases and the launch of two new brands,” said David P. Berg, Carlson’s chief operating officer. “Together with our partners we are growing and strengthening our portfolio and our 2014 results are evidence of that.”

Carlson’s revenues totalled US$7.8 billion in 2014, a 4% increase compared to the previous year.

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