Azure Properties, one of Europe’s leading hotel investment groups, is pleased to announce that Frank Fiskers, currently President and CEO of Scandic Hotels, the Nordic region’s top hotel and hospitality company, will join the company as a partner as of 1st September 2010 to head up and rapidly develop its dedicated hotel real estate investment practice.
Scandic Hotels has announced Frank Fiskers will step down from his role as chief executive of the organisation later this year. Appointed in 2007, Mr Fiskers is expected to join the Board of Directors of Scandic and continue to be an investor in the company when a new CEO is recruited.
With the UN’s International Day of Disabled Persons on Thursday 3 December, Scandic is continuing its commitment to disabled guests, not least through a new service on the website where all the chain’s hotels report exactly what aids and facilities they offer guests with a disability. During 2010, Scandic is also building 150 new rooms for disabled guests.
There is a brand-new hotel coming to Berlin - The Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, which recently celebrated it’s official topping out ceremony, marking an important day in the construction of the hotel that opens in autumn 2010. “This hotel portrays Scandinavian safari with both visual and audio design, reminding guests of the soothing Scandinavian nature, and offers inspirational surprises! Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz is truly a flagship hotel”, says Frank Fiskers, President & CEO of Scandic, the leading Nordic hotel chain.
“Scandic has become the first hotel chain to gather all its information for guests with special needs in one place. Every hotel’s homepage now provides answers to the 80 most common questions. For example how far it is from the car park to the entrance, whether there is a hearing loop and how wide the door to the room is,” explains the hotel chain’s Disability Ambassador Magnus Berglund.
Scandic continues to grow, adding another hotel in Oslo. Today an agreement was signed between Fornebu Hotell AS and Scandic, confirming that the new hotel on Fornebustranda will be run by Scandic.
Stockholm’s Scandic Hotels has re-signed its contract with Pegasus Solutions’ Global Commission Processing for another three years, extending the hotel’s relationship with the leading global commission services provider to seven years.
Swedish midmarket chain Scandic Hotels has defied the softening market by posting an upbeat set of figures, including gross profit rising to Eur 311 million in 2008 from Eur 276 million a year earlier.Revenues were also on the rise, up 5% to Eur 758.5 million for 2008 from Eur 720 million for 2007, as occupancy levels remained stable (64.9% in 2008 verses 65.6% in 2007). Meanwhile in 2008 the mid-budget chain also opened six new hotels, bringing its total to number of hotels to 138.
In partnership with IKEA, Scandic is planning to build a new 300-room hotel in Khimki Business Park in Moscow.