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Regent International Hotels

Regent Hotels & Resorts
Industry Hospitality, tourism
Founded 1971
Headquarters Taipei, Taiwan
Key people
Robert Burns,
(Founder & Honorary Chairman)
Georg Rafael,
Adrian Zecha,
Steven Pan
Owner Formosa International Hotels Corporation
A tall wide building with a dark steel-and-glass facade, seen from across a busy, large intersection on an overcast day
The Regent Beijing, in 2014

Regent Hotels & Resorts operates hotels in Asia, the Americas and Europe.


  • History 1
  • Notable former hotels 2
  • Existing and pipeline Regent Hotels & Resorts 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The brand was started by hotelier Robert H. Burns as a joint venture with Japan’s Tokyu Group in 1970.

In 1992, the Four Seasons hotel chain acquired the Regent hotel chain. Hotels under development at the time of purchase in New York, Bali, Milan, and Istanbul were subsequently opened as Four Seasons.[1] In 1998, Carlson acquired the Regent name for new hotel developments and would create a luxury hotel division while the Four Seasons continued management of existing and new Regent hotels.[2]

In 2002, Carlson agreed with Rezidor SAS to develop the Regent hotel brand in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.[3]

In March 2006, Carlson renamed its Radisson Seven Seas Cruises to Regent Seven Seas Cruises and merged the cruise operation and Regent International Hotels under a common brand.[4]

In 2008, Regent Seven Seas Cruises was sold to Apollo Management, an investment company. Carlson retains ownership of the master Regent brand, along with the operations of Regent Hotels & Resorts around the world.[5]

In 2010, Carlson sold its Regent hotel business to Formosa International Hotels, the largest listed hotel operator in Taiwan. It is also the owner of Grand Formosa Regent Taipei hotel, Taipei, Taiwan, which was opened by Regent’s founders in 1990 as 'The Regent Taipei'.[6][7][8]

Co-founder Robert Burns is appointed as Honorary Chairman and Ralf Ohletz is appointed president. Ohletz worked with another Regent co-founder, Adrian Zecha, for 25 years.[1]

Notable former hotels

Existing and pipeline Regent Hotels & Resorts

  • Regent Beijing
  • Regent Taipei
  • Regent Chongqing (opening 2016)
  • Regent Xian (opening 2017)
  • Regent Jakarta (opening 2017)
  • Regent Harbin (opening 2018)
  • Regent Berlin
  • Regent Porto Montenegro


  1. ^ a b "Regent Hotels & Resorts Returns to Asia: Announces New Global Leadership Team". Hospitality 2010-07-08. 
  2. ^ "Carlson Hospitality Worldwide And Four Seasons/Regent To Enter Into An Agreement To Aggressively Grow Regent Brand Globally" (Press release). Carlson. 
  3. ^ "Rezidor SAS Hospitality". 2006-06-28. 
  4. ^ Nadine Godwin (2006-03-13). "Carlson renames cruise line Regent Seven Seas". Travel Weekly. 
  5. ^ "Apollo Management L.P. Acquires Regent Seven Seas Cruises" (Press release). 
  6. ^ Sam Black (2010-04-18). "Carlson selling Regent luxury hotel business". Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal. 
  7. ^ Jason Tan (2010-04-17). "Formosa Hotels acquires ‘Regent’ business". Taipei Times. 
  8. ^ "About The Regent Taipei". 

External links

  • Regent Hotels & Resorts
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