Hyatt to become Radisson

By SHERRI KOLADE
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — New management is coming to the former Hyatt Regency Dearborn Hotel and will change the hotel’s name to the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center by Nov. 1.

The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group made the announcement on the long-term management agreement Sept. 25 on its website.

The group, headquartered in Minneapolis and Brussels, Belgium, said in a statement they plan to begin a multimillion-dollar renovation to the 14-story, 62,000-square-foot, 772-room hotel as soon as the former Hyatt Regency’s contract expires Oct. 31.

In May a disagreement occurred on a contract between the management and the hotel’s new owners, Royal Realties, LLC, which prompted the former Hyatt Regency to terminate its management.

The hotel currently is operated by Hyatt Hotels Corp., which told its 322 full-time and part-time employees in late August it would lay them off by the end of October when the management agreement expired, according to a published report; the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group hopes to keep the hotel’s current employees.

President of Americas for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Thorsten Kirschke said the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center is a great addition to their U.S. portfolio.

“The extensive conference facilities make this hotel a key destination in Dearborn and Michigan,” Kirschke said in the release. “This signing marks the beginning of a very promising partnership for us with a hotel that is truly a landmark in the city of Dearborn.”

Royal Realties owner’s representative Chuck Taylor said the investor group is confident of the investment and upgrades being made to their property.

“It will make the hotel a favorite for anyone visiting Dearborn for years to come,” Taylor said in the release.

Public Relations Manager of Americas for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Ben Gardeen said the details of the management contract are not available as of now.

“Unfortunately, no further information on the specific length of the management contract, the renovation or specific costs are available at this time,” Gardeen said.

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, launched in early 2012, has more than 1,300 hotels in 81 countries.

(Sherri Kolade can be reached at skolade@bewickpublications.com.)

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