A couple of takeaways from the Star Tribune’s report today that the Mall of America will get a fancy Radisson Blu luxury hotel in 2012:
-For the crowning jewel of Radisson’s high-end offerings (this will be just the second Radisson Blu in the United States – the other will open in Chicago next year), the name seems to fall a little short. It feels incomplete – Radisson Blu-Ray? Radisson Blue Steel? Even an “e” on the end would give us a little more closure.
-As earlier reports suggested, the mall made it through the recession just fine, and is finally inching its way into the “Phase II” projects that have been in the air for some time.
-If the mall’s numbers are right – 4 million international guests a year – that means it draws about as many international visitors in a year as Moscow or Prague – and it’s in striking distance of Beijing and Madrid. Great Wall of China, or great sale at The Gap? Apparently, it’s a toss-up.