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The Chinese Company That Runs Hainan Airlines Is Buying Carlson
According to CNBC,
HNA Tourism Group, a division of aviation and shipping conglomerate HNA Group, will buy 100 percent of Carlson Hotels for an undisclosed sum.
HNA…is the largest shareholder in Spanish hotelier NH Hotel Group SA as well as Spokane, Washington-based Red Lion Hotels, it owns Swissport International, and has a stake in the Azul airline, among others. It also runs Hainan Airlines, one of China’s largest regional carriers.
What Does HNA Plan for Carlson Hotels?
CNBC revealed that Bai Haibo, HNA Tourism’s CEO, is looking to build the Radisson brand both in the US and abroad. So that could mean Club Carlson points will be more useful because there will be more hotels in popular locations.
Analysts expect the purchase to be completed in the 2nd half of 2016.
How Might This Impact Club Carlson Points and the Loyalty Program?
There’s no way to know for certain, but the 2 companies created an official website to explain the acquisition. And HNA is saying, no changes.
Actually, they say, “no immediate changes.” As you know, things can change quickly in our hobby! It looks like they left themselves wiggle room. But I would NOT expect HNA to change the Club Carlson program or the credit cards in the near future.
Your points may become more valuable if HNA keeps its promise to grow Carlson in major cities and expand the number of Radisson hotels.
I’m curious to see if HNA brings Hainan Airlines and Club Carlson together in some way. That could lead to interesting miles & points possibilities.
HNA Tourism Group, the Chinese company that runs Hainan Airlines, is buying The Carlson Hotel Group. The companies say they plan to keep the Club Carlson loyalty program as-is.
HNA wants to grow the hotel chain, so we’d be able to use our points in more destinations.
How do you feel about this latest hotel company deal?