Choice Hotels’ acquisition of Radisson’s Americas business was announced in June 2022 (read more here), and it closed two months later in August (read more here).
Radisson Rewards Americas was folded to Choice Privileges in mid-July (read more here). Choice will turn the websites of various Radisson brands in the Americas off today at 8 AM PST. If you wish to book Radisson-branded hotels in the Americas, you should visit Choice’s website.
Why is this happening?
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Radisson was acquired by Chinese HNA, a private company that later ran into financial difficulties, and parts of it offloaded to mostly other Chinese entities. Radisson Group ended up with a Jin Jiang that the Chinese Government controls.
This led to a situation where the Americas (North, Central & South) + the Caribbean were separated into another entity called Radisson Hotels Americas with its own loyalty program.
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This was obviously not an ideal situation, and Choice decided to expand its footprint and acquired Radisson Hotels Americas.
So, Radisson Hotels outside of the Americas are part of Jin Jiang hotels, owned by the Chinese Government, which is not an ideal situation.
At least, the integration of Radisson’s various brands in the Americas and its guest loyalty program into Choice is now complete, and the Radisson’s Americas websites will go dark (or instead redirect to Choice’s) in a few hours.