Radisson Hotels & Resorts is a leading upscale hotel brand, with about 400 franchised locations in some 65 countries. The chain offers a full complement of amenities for both business and leisure travelers, including fine dining, fitness centers, and meeting rooms. Its resort locations typically boast such niceties as beachfront locations, golf courses, or skiing. Radisson Hotels is named after French explorer Pierre Esprit Radisson, who visited many parts of the Upper Midwest and Canada during the 17th century. The company is the flagship luxury brand of Carlson Hotels Worldwide, part of the hospitality and business services giant Carlson Companies.