Hotel Online
News for the Hospitality Executive


advertisement


Rezidor's President & CEO Kurt Ritter Honored as New Member
of the British Travel Industry Hall of Fame

April 18, 2012
- Rezidor's President & CEO Kurt Ritter is a new member of the British Travel Industry Hall of Fame. The prestigious award was presented at the Hall of Fame's Annual Dinner at the Savoy Hotel in London yesterday, and honours Ritter “for having created a major and highly successful leading organisation in the global travel and hospitality industry”.

Ritter has been appointed Rezidor's President & CEO in 1989 and is most probably the longest serving Chief Executive Officer of the industry. Under his leadership, Rezidor became one of the world's most dynamic and fastest growing hotel groups. The company's current portfolio features more than 425 hotels with 93,000 rooms in more than 65 countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Rezidor operates Europe's largest upscale brand Radisson Blu, the mid-market brand Park Inn by Radisson, and the luxury lifestyle brand Hotel Missoni.

“I am very honoured to be a new member of the British Travel Industry Hall of Fame. This award means a great motivation to me to continue my work in the world of hospitality. Our industry is one of the most prosperous global businesses, and dedicated to serving our guests in hotels with clearly defined brands and innovative, personalized services. A hotel will never be a standardized machine, but always a true people business”, said Kurt Ritter.

The British Travel Industry Hall of Fame was created in 1995 to honour the most outstanding achievements in the British and international travel- & tourism sector. Among the members are personalities like Thomas Cook (Founder Thomas Cook), Sir Richard Branson (Founder Virgin), and Lord Forte of Ripley (Founder Forte Hotels). Also Curtis Carlson, Founder of Carlson, and his daughter Marilyn Carlson Nelson, currently Chairman of Carlson, are Hall of Fame members.

Swiss-born Kurt Ritter grew up in his parents' hotel in Interlaken, and was educated at the famous École de Hôtelière in Lausanne. After having spent some time at the Hotel Bellevue Palace in Berne and with Ramada International Hotels in Belgium, France, Germany and Sweden Ritter joined Rezidor in 1976. He served as General Manager in Sweden and Kuwait, as Vice President Middle East & Far East, based in Singapore, and finally as the President & CEO, based in Oslo and then in Brussels. Key dates of his career include the Master Franchise Agreement with Carlson Hotels Worldwide to create Radisson SAS in 1994, and the agreement with Carlson in 2002 to also develop the brands Country Inns & Suites, Park Inn and Regent across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In 2005, Ritter signed the worldwide licence agreement with Missoni to develop and operate the luxury lifestyle brand Hotel Missoni, and in 2006 he was responsible for Rezidor's IPO on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. In 2012 and in cooperation with Carlson's President & CEO Hubert Joly, he launched the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the ten largest hotel groups worldwide.

Kurt Ritter's charisma, his genuine belief in hospitality, and his straightforward approach are admired and awarded throughout the industry. Ritter was the "Corporate Hotelier of the World 2002", received the "International Hotel Investment Forum Lifetime Achievement Award 2004", and the "MKG Lifetime Achievement Award 2008”. He also holds two Honorary Doctorates of Johnson & Wales University, Providence (USA) and Oxford Brookes University (UK).

About Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

The Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the fastest growing hotel companies worldwide and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world's ten largest hotel groups. Rezidor features a portfolio of 427 hotels in operation and under development with over 93,000 rooms in 69 countries. Rezidor operates the brands Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, along with the Club Carlson loyalty programme for frequent hotel guests. Under a worldwide licence agreement with the iconic Italian fashion house Missoni, Rezidor also operates and develops the luxury lifestyle brand Hotel Missoni.

In November 2006, Rezidor was listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. Carlson, a privately held, global hospitality and travel company, based in Minneapolis (USA), is the majority shareholder.

The Corporate office of The Rezidor Hotel Group is based in Brussels, Belgium. For more information, visit www.rezidor.com and www.carlsonrezidor.com

This article is copyright protected by Hotel-Online. Reuse by other media or news outlets or organizations is prohibited. Personal use and sharing via social media tools is encouraged.

.
Contact:

Christiane Reiter
Senior Director Corporate Communication
+32 2 702 9331
Christiane.Reiter@Rezidor.com

Renu Snehi
Director Corporate Communication
+32 2 702 9241
Renu.Snehi@Rezidor.com



.
Receive Your Hospitality Industry Headlines via Email for Free! Subscribe Here  

To Learn More About Your News Being Published on Hotel-Online Inquire Here
 
Also See: Rezidor to Open the 234-key Park Inn by Radisson Sousse in Tunisia Through Renovation and Re-flagging of Existing Property Scheduled for Completion in Fall 2013 / April 2012

TMI Hospitality and Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Open the 64-room Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Corpus Christi, Texas / April 2012

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Enters Strategic Partnership with Bestech Hospitalities Pvt Ltd to Focus on the Hotel Development in India / April 2012

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Appoints Willem Plegt as General Manager of the 355-room Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa / March 2012

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Appoints Rob Smith as General Manager of the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota / March 2012

Global Hospitality Management and Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Open the 204-room Park Inn by Radisson in Fresno, California / March 2012

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Appoints General Managers for Key Dubai Properties, Khazza Khamis for the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Downtown and Rob Collier for the Radisson Blu Residence, Dubai Marina / March 2012

Owner, VVA Hotels Pvt Ltd, and Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Open the 162-room Radisson Blu Hotel Chennai City Centre in India / March 2012

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Selects the 248-room Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam as its 2011 Global Hotel of the Year / February 2012

Midway Through its 5-Year Ambition 2015 Strategy Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Continues to Meet Key Objectives; New Name Represents Persistence to Strategy for Brand Clarification Rather than Change of Course / February 2012

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Appoints Scott Deibert as Vice President of Strategic Sourcing, Americas / February 2012

Carlson and Rezidor Establish the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group with Goal to Generate $400 Million in Additional Revenue by 2015 / January 2012

Rezidor and Al Jassim Group to Open the 270-key Hotel Missoni Doha in Qatar in Late 2015 / January 2012

Rezidor Opens the 197-room Park Inn by Radisson Lübeck in Germany through a Rebranding of the Former Mövenpick Hotel Lübeck / January 2012

Rezidor to Debut in Qatar with the Q3 2012 Conversion of the Ramada Plaza Doha to the 583-room Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha / January 2012

Rezidor Hotel Group Undergoes Corporate Reorganization Separating Responsibilities for Core Brands and Creating New Area Structures for Europe, the Middle East and Africa / January 2012

Rezidor Debuts in the Country of Georgia with the Opening of the 168-room Radisson Blu Hotel, Batumi / December 2011

Rezidor to Open Hotel Missoni Mauritius Near Baie du Cap on the Island of Mauritius; The 80-suite Property is Set to Open in 2014 / December 2011

Wenaasgruppen Partners with Rezidor to Open Two New Hotels in Oslo, Norway - The 135-room Radisson Blu Hotel, Oslo Alna and the 208-room Park Inn by Radisson Oslo Alna / December 2011

Rezidor Hotel Group to Open 500-room Radisson Blu Resort & Congress Hotel in Sochi, Russia in Q1 2013 / December 2011

With $10 Million Renovation Complete Carlson to Re-open the 252-key Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa on St. Martin / December 2011

Jean-marc Jalbert Named as General Manager for the Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa on St. Martin; Manon Castelin Joins as Senior Sales Manager Serving France, Italy and Benelux / November 2011

Rezidor to Open the 180-room Park Inn by Radisson Petrozavodsk in Russia Owned by Piter Concern / November 2011

Rezidor to Open the 138-room Park Inn by Radisson Milan Malpensa in Italy Through a Rebranding of the Grand Hotel Milan Malpensa / November 2011

Rezidor to Open the 152-room Radisson Blu Hotel, Athens in Greece Through a Rebranding of the Athens Park Hotel / November 2011

Rezidor to Open the New-build 150-room Park Inn by Radisson Amsterdam Schiphol in Q3 2012 / November 2011

Rezidor Opens the 218-room $35 Million Radisson Blu Hotel at East Midlands Airport in England / November 2011

Rezidor Hotel Group and Developer Soravia Group Constructing the 236-room Radisson Blu Hotel, Belgrade in Serbia / November 2011

Rezidor Hotel Group Names Pasquale Baiguera as General Manager for the Radisson Blu Conference and Airport Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey / November 2011

Rezidor Hotel Group to Rebrand the 246-room Taksim in Turkey as the Radisson Blu Hotel Mersin / November 2011

Rezidor Hotel Group and Esta Holding to Develop The Park Inn by Radisson Donetsk in Ukraine / October 2011

Rezidor Hotel Group to Renovate and Re-Brand the Hotel Riu Park El Kebir in Tunisia to Re-Open as the Park Inn Hammamet in Q2 2012 / September 2011

Rezidor Hotel Group to Re-Brand the Jan III Sobieski Hotel, Warsaw; the 439-room Property will be Known as The Radisson Blu Sobieski Hotel, their 9th Hotel in Poland / August 2011

Rezidor Hotel Group to Open the 369-room Park Inn Trysil Mountain Resort in Norway / August 2011

Rezidor Hotel Group to Open The 435-room Radisson Blu Sobieski Hotel in the Re-Branded Jan III Sobieski Hotel in Warsaw, Poland / August 2011

Rezidor Hotel Group to Manage the 471-room Radisson Royal Hotel, Dubai and the 257-room Radisson Blu Resort, Fujairah Dibba in the United Arab Emirates; Both Hotels Owned by ACICO Industries / July 2011

Rezidor Hotel Group to Open 133-room Radisson Blu Golden Horn Hotel in Istanbul in the First Quarter of 2013 / June 2011

Rezidor Hotel Group to Open the 235-room Park Inn London Wembley First Quarter 2012 / June 2011

Rezidor Hotel Group to Open Two New Park Inn by Radisson Hotels in Africa, Park Inn Polokwane in Limpopo and Park Inn Nairobi Westlands in Kenya / June 2011

Kurt Ritter to Remain Rezidor Hotel Group's President & CEO / April 2011

Rezidor Hotel Group Opens 169-room Hotel Missoni Kuwait in the Shopping District of Kuwait City / March 2011

Rezidor Hotel Group to Build Their 10th Hotel in West Africa: The Radisson Blu Hotel, Accra in Ghana / January 2011

Rezidor Hotel Group to Build New 233-room Park Inn London ExCeL at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre, London / January 2011

Rezidor Hotel Group Has Record Year of Hotel Openings with 7,200 Rooms / December 2010

Formosa International Hotels Corporation to Acquire Regent Luxury Hotel Brand From Carlson and The Rezidor Hotel Group AB; Formosa Plans to Grow Regent Brand with New Luxury Concept in Key Global Markets / April 2010

Carlson Hotels Adds 92 Hotels in 2009; Total Portfolio Totals 1,058 Hotels with 160,000 rooms in 77 Countries / January 2010

Carlson Hotels Adds 33 New Properties Spanning 13 Countries in the Second Quarter of 2009 / July 2009

Carlson Hotels Worldwide Adds 110 Hotels to its Five-brand, Global Portfolio in 2005; Systemwide Revenues Reaches USD$6 Billion / January 2006
.

To search Hotel Online data base of News and Trends Go to Hotel.OnlineSearch

Home | Welcome | Hospitality News
| Industry Resources

Please contact Hotel.Online with your comments and suggestions.