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Wow. What a sad way to end a good week--Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, on the heels of making announcements about their two new brands--have suddenly put the brakes on the Hotel Missoni brand. Here's the official statement:
The Rezidor Hotel Group and the Italian fashion house Missoni have mutually agreed to terminate the worldwide Master Licence Agreement for the development and operation of the brand Hotel Missoni, effective 31st December 2013. The existing properties Hotel Missoni Edinburgh and Hotel Missoni Kuwait will cease to operate under the marks of Hotel Missoni latest by 30th June 2014.
Well, guess we can scratch Missoni off the list of fashion-branded hotels that might open in Macau. Carlson Rezidor CEO Wolfgang M. Neumann said the decision was due to their new focus on the Radisson Blu and Park Inn brands and probably, their new brand for millennials, Radisson Red, and their new collection of hotels, The Quorvus Collection, aimed at parents of millennials.
Meanwhile Missoni CEO Alberto Piantoni said that the fashion house has "new strategic visions in the field of interior design and hospitality." So does this mean that Hotel Missoni might be resurrected somewhere else, possibly in an actual fashion capital like Milan, Paris or New York? We will keep our fingers crossed.
[Hat tip to tipster SH.]
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Just the other week, we told you about Omni Hotels getting hip to Google Wallet. Now, another hotel group has joined the virtual billfold.
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, whose brands include Radisson Blu, Radisson, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson, and Country Inns & Suites, is also allowing guests to store their Club Carlson loyalty program info in Google Wallet as well as letting guests pay for their stay using Google Wallet. Pretty cool and crazy convenient.
Apparently, Carlson has been testing this service since December 18th but they just went live with it on Monday. The Club Carlson loyalty program is not yet on Google Wallet (that will happen in early 2014) but it will allow guests to access their account information, receive notifications and messages based on geo targeting and earn and redeem Club Carlson Gold Points. Currently, Google Wallet is only available to U.S. residents but Google Wallet holders can use the service to book a hotel stay globally.
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Jacobsen's Room 606
Few can deny that Danish architect Arne Jacobsen, creator of the Egg, the Swan and the Series 7 chairs, was one of the most iconic architects and designers of the modernist era. Could the Radisson Blu Royal Copenhagen be his finest achievement? We went on an exploratory mission to check out what was said to be the “landmark of the jet age.”
The hotel opened in 1960 and was originally built by SAS to accommodate both its first airport terminal and its passengers who needed to stay overnight to catch a flight out of Copenhagen. After a night at the hotel, passengers would check in for their flight in the terminal building attached, and wait for the airline's shuttle bus to take them to the airport.
Today, the hotel still has the same clean lines and simple detail that it had back then. The famous Jacobsen Egg and Swan chairs, originally designed for the hotel, are still found throughout the very large black-and-white-marbled lobby and in the rooms. The elegantly curved white lobby staircase pushed the limits of technology in the late 50s and looks like it could be found in a loft from 2013. Other original details include the dark wenge wood found on the main floor of the hotel. Jacobsen designed everything from the cutlery and plates, bathroom fittings and door handles to the chairs and lighting fixtures.
(There are plenty of pics for you to see in the photo gallery!)
The Missoni Hotel Edinburgh, which is a part of the Carlson Rezidor hotel group.
Club Carlson, the global hotel rewards program from Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, recently conducted a survey of a thousand people to get a grip on the public’s views and thoughts of hotel loyalty programs.
Logically enough, the study revealed that the ease and frequency with which one can earn free nights is the main motivator when it comes to joining a loyalty program. Free Internet, regular promotions, and the quantity of hotels at which to earn and redeem points were also major factors in participation.
The study found that disappointing experiences would cause 91 percent of people to discontinue their affiliation with a particular brand, and one in four individuals would join a competitor’s loyalty program after a single bad experience. On the flip side, two-thirds of those surveyed said it would take three or more good experiences to consider themselves loyal to a specific brand. Sounds like our experience in the dating world!