Carlson Hotels WorldwideÂ® opened the 1,000th hotel in its worldwide portfolio, the Radisson St Martin Resort, Marina & Spa, dedicating the achievement of this growth landmark to a global initiative of environmental sustainability and responsible business. At the opening of the resort general manager Jeff Lesker said that the Radisson’s “journey” in St. Martin had begun in late 2005. He acknowledged the role of many persons in the opening of the resort saying “We’ve received a wonderful welcome from the beginning and Radisson has made important affiliations along the way, we thank you for your support, your patience, and your allegiance … yesterday, today, and tomorrow.” Lesker gave credit to the employees, saying he enjoyed working with that dedicated, committed and determined group of professionals. “We have retained 112 of the 113 original employees and we have added another 65 to our family,” he revealed. “I take my hat off to you.”
Also joining the festivities, the representatives of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign (billiontreecampaign.com) and The Carbon Neutral Company (carbonneutral.com) to officially dedicate this $80 million resort. BjÃ¸rn Gullaksen, executive vice president and brand leader of Carlson Hotels Worldwide Managed Hotels & Resorts revealed that the company is planting 1,000 trees worldwide and making a financial donation to the UNEP program plus partnering with The CarbonNeutral Company to offset carbon equivalent to 10,000 room nights.
A highlight of the opening was the planting of the first tree in the 1,000 tree initiative, an indigenous Flamboyant tree that was located near the resort’s signature ocean-front pool.
“We are extremely proud to open the Radisson St Martin Resort – the 1,000th property in the Carlson Hotels Worldwide portfolio—celebrating this growth milestone with a global initiative embracing responsible business and environmental sustainability,” said Carmen Baker, the Carlson Hotels Worldwide Vice President in charge of responsible business, who had the distinct pleasure of orchestrating the tree planting.
The new 252-room Radisson St Martin Resort, nestled in the picturesque cove of Anse Marcel facing 1,600 feet of white-sand beachfront, is a flagship resort in the growing global portfolio of Radisson Hotels & Resorts. The luxury ocean-front resort has undergone a total transformation and features 63 suites and 189 guestrooms; a signature beachfront restaurant with al fresco dining; casual, market-style eatery and lobby tapas bar. The resort also includes a stunning zero-entry infinity pool; full-service spa and fitness center; 7,500 square feet of meeting space and 150-slip marina. The hotel is managed by Radisson Hotels & Resorts under Caribbean veteran Hotel Manager Jeff Lesker.
Founded in 1938 by Curtis L. Carlson as Gold Bond Stamp Company of Minneapolis, Carlson acquired the first Radisson hotel in downtown Minneapolis in 1962. Between 1981 and 2000, the company expanded its hotel and resort properties to include the brands of Regent Hotels & Resorts; Country Inns & Suites By Carlson, Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts and Park Inn. The company also embarked on a global growth strategy that has resulted in a worldwide presence in 74 countries. Today the Carlson Hotel brands continue to grow around the world through regional offices and partner operations.