Carlson and its majority-owned Rezidor Hotel Group officially became a single company and will go by the name Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.

The combined company has more than 1,300 hotels under the Radisson, Radisson Blu, Park Inn, Park Plaza and Hotel Missoni brands in 80 countries. The company's new website,, will launch Feb. 1.

Minneapolis-based Carlson and Brussels-based Rezidor first worked together in 1994, when Rezidor signed a license agreement for Carlson's Radisson brand in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Carlson acquired 25% of Rezidor in 2005 and became Rezidor's largest shareholder with 42% of the company in 2007. Carlson became majority shareholder in 2010.

Carlson was founded in 1938 as a stamp-trading company. The company acquired its first Radisson hotel in 1962 and opened its first T.G.I. Friday's restaurant in 1965.

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