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Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts

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Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts
Park Plaza logo.svg
Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts logo since 2019
Park Plaza (6266283206).jpg
Product typehotel chain
OwnerRadisson Hotel Group
Produced by
Radisson Hotel Group
PPHE Hotel Group(franchisee)
CountryUnited States
Related brands
Previous owners
  • Park Plaza International
  • Olympus Hospitality Group
  • Park Hospitality

Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts, formerly Park Plaza International Hotels, Inns and Resorts and commonly known as just Park Plaza, is a hotel chain which runs several hotel groups as franchises. It was established in 1986 as a company and acquired by Olympus Real Estate in 1997. In year 2000, Carlson acquired the Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts as well as sister brand Park Inn. As of 2019, the brands were owned by Radisson Hotel Group (formerly Carlson Hotels).


former logo of Park Plaza International
former logo of Park Plaza International

Park Plaza International Hotels, Inns and Resorts was founded as a hotel management company and brand in 1986,[1] by Jonathan R. Read.[2]

In 1994, Park Plaza International licensed the Park Plaza brand to "Park Plaza Hotels Limited" with rights to operate in Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom and Israel.[3]

Park Plaza International was acquired by Olympus Hospitality Group, a division of Olympus Real Estate in October 1997.[4][5] According to The Wall Street Journal, a new parent company of the Park Plaza hotel group, Park Hotels International LLC, was formed as part of the deal.[4] Park Plaza International, at that time owned Park Plaza as well as Park Inn hotel chains.[4]

In June 1998, Park Plaza International,[nb 1] backed by Olympus Real Estate, acquired a controlling stake in Australia-listed company Kemayan Hotels and Leisure (KHL).[1] KHL was renamed into Park Plaza Kemayan immediately.[nb 2]

In July 1999, Park Plaza Worldwide, LLC [sic], acquired 50% rights of the brand art'otel from Dirk Gadeke.[8]

In mid-1999, it was reported that Park Plaza Worldwide formed another joint venture with J.E. Robert Companies (JER), with JER owned 80% stake of the JV.[8][9][10] In addition, JER had an option to acquire up to 35% of Park Plaza Worldwide.[8][9]

In July 1999, Paris Park Plaza Worldwide also announced the opening of Park Plaza Orleans Palace. That hotel was acquired by the joint venture with JER, according to reports.[8][9][10]

In 2000, Carlson Companies, via Carlson Hotels (known as Radisson Hotel Group since 2018), acquired the Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts and sister brand Park Inn, by forming a joint venture: Park Hospitality, with Olympus Hospitality Group. Carlson and Olympus also formed a private equity fund Radisson–Olympus Capital Partners, to acquire hotels and convert them to use Carlson Hotels' Regent or Radisson brands.[11]

In 2000, Olympus Hospitality Group also acquired another hotel chain Chalet Susse, and converting them to Fairfield Inn by Marriott, operated by competitor of Carlson, Marriott International.[12]

In 2000, Park Plaza Worldwide, chaired by Read, gave "Park Plaza Hotels Limited" (subsequently renamed "Park Plaza Hotels Europe" and then PPHE Hotel Group) exclusive territorial rights for Park Plaza brand in Europe and the Middle East region.[13]

Park Plaza International LLC, [sic] also acquired another hotel brand Rockresorts in August 2000: however, it was sold in the next year.[14]

Park Plaza logo from circa the 2010s to 2019
Park Plaza logo from circa the 2010s to 2019

Carlson acquired the remaining stake of Park Plaza and Park Inn brands, from Olympus Hospitality Group in 2003.[3] The rights to use the brands in the Asia Pacific, was also bought back from Park Plaza Kemayan in the same year.[3]

Carlson's hospitality business was renamed Radisson Hotel Group in 2017. A new logo of Park Plaza was announced in 2019.[15]

Sister brands

Park Plaza had sister brands such as Radisson Hotel Group's Radisson, Country Inn & Suites as well as Park Inn. Park Inn was acquired by Carlson Companies along with Park Plaza in 2000.

Park Inn by Radisson

Park Inn by Radisson
Park Inn by Radisson logo.svg
Berlin - Park Inn Hotel1.jpg
Product typehotel chain
OwnerRadisson Hotel Group
Produced by
Radisson Hotel Group
Rezidor Hotel Group(franchisee)
CountryUnited States
Introduced1986 in Arizona
Related brands
  • Park Plaza
  • Radisson
  • Country Inn & Suites
  • prizeotel
Previous owners
  • Park Plaza International
  • Olympus Hospitality Group
  • Park Hospitality
former logo of Park Inn International
former logo of Park Inn International

Park Inn by Radisson, formerly Park Inn[16] and Park Inn International, is a midscale group of hotels that had over 130 locations worldwide, as of December 31, 2012.[17]

According to the company itself, it was founded in 1986 in Arizona.[17]

Since 2003, some of the Park Inn hotels were operated by franchisee Rezidor Hotel Group,[18] an associate company of Carlson Companies from 2006 to 2010, and a subsidiary of Carlson, via their wholly owned division Carlson Hotels, from 2010 to 2016. Rezidor acquired the franchise rights of Park Inn brand for EMEA region from 2002.[19]


  1. ^ The press release did not specify it was Park Plaza International Hotels, Inns and Resorts or another legal entity Park Plaza International, LLC.
  2. ^ The name of the company had changed many times over its company history,[6][7] full list of former names omitted .


  1. ^ a b "Park Plaza quietly expanding". Biz Journals. 19 April 1998. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  2. ^ "TimefireVR Inc. key people: Jonathan R. Read, 60". The Wall Street Journal. New York City. c. 2019. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Carlson Hotels completes acquisition of Park Inn and Park Plaza brands". Biz Journals. 16 September 2003. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Written at Dallas. "Olympus, Park Plaza Hotels Agree on New Parent Company". The Wall Street Journal. New York City. September 18, 1997. Retrieved January 29, 2019. Closely held Park Plaza, a Scottsdale, Ariz., hotel company, controls the Park Plaza and Park Inn brands
  5. ^ "Olympus eyes properties, firms for turnarounds". National Real Estate Investor (interview). Informa. June 1, 1999. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  6. ^ "PARK PLAZA KEMAYAN LIMITED PPL - Profile and Status". Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  7. ^ "ABN Lookup". 1 November 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  8. ^ a b c d Boulard, Garry (September 20, 1999). "Park Plaza plans global growth". Hotel & Motel Management. Scottsdale, Arizona. 214 (16): 3, 34. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  9. ^ a b c "Park Plaza s'allie à J.E Robert Companies". L'Hôtellerie (in French) (2630). September 9, 1999. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  10. ^ a b "Park Plaza gründet Joint-venture". FVW (in German). July 27, 1999. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  11. ^ Rourke, Elisabeth; Salamie, David E.; Peippo, Kathleen; Rothburd, Carrie (2016) [previous versions of the article were published in vol.6, 22 and 87]. Pederson, Jay P. (ed.). Carlson Companies, Inc. International Directory of Company Histories. 181. Farmington Hills, Michigan: St. James Press (Gale, Cengage Learning group). ISBN 978-1-55862-955-4.
  12. ^ "Olympus, Marriott To Rebrand 20 Chalet Susse Hotels". Hotel Business. 21 August 2000. Retrieved 17 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Park Plaza Merges Europe /Middle East Operations with Partner" (Press release). Scottsdale, Arizona: Park Plaza Worldwide. November 1, 2000. Archived from the original on October 21, 2002. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
  14. ^ "Rockresorts Appoints New President and Announces Relocation of Its Headquarters to Denver, Colorado". Hospitality Net. October 30, 2001. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  15. ^ "Radisson Hotel Group and PPHE Hotel Group Unveil New Park Plaza Brand Identity following significant portfolio investments" (PDF) (Press release). PPHE Hotel Group; Radisson Hotel Group. 17 April 2019. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  16. ^ "Park Inn rebrands as "Park Inn by Radisson"". Business Traveller. June 3, 2010. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  17. ^ a b "The Americas Business Development Brochure" (PDF). Park Inn by Radisson. 2013. Retrieved January 20, 2019 – via Radisson Blu website.
  18. ^ "The Park Inn by Radisson Story". Park Inn by Radisson. Retrieved January 20, 2019.
  19. ^ "Our Heritage". Rezidor Hotel Group. c. 2007. Archived from the original on October 28, 2007. Retrieved January 17, 2019.

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