Check in! – latest hotel highlights from across EMEA

The Blue Swan Daily brings you a round up of some of the latest hotel news from across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

  • Scandic signs agreement for new hotel in Helsinki’s developing digital and events district
  • New Radisson hotel set for Abidjan opening in 2021
  • Premier Inn secures planning permission for new Marylebone property as it further boosts its ‘Hub by Premier Inn’ coverage in London
  • New Park Inn by Radisson hotel opens near Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
  • Swedavia to sell future hotel property at Gothenburg Airport to Midstar Hotels
  • easyJet doubles ATOL passenger protection as it seeks to grow hotel bookings as it looks to increase ancillary revenues
  • Are Airbnb properties potentially not as safe as hotels?

Scandic signs agreement for new hotel in Helsinki’s developing digital and events district
Nordic hotel operator Scandic has signed a long-term lease agreement with Finnish private equity fund CapMan to take over a 178-room hotel in Helsinki. In conjunction with this, the parties have also agreed to extend leases for an additional four hotels with a total of 979 rooms. The new hotel is located in Helsinki’s fast developing Pasila area, has 178 rooms, seven meeting rooms with capacity for a total of almost 300 people. Under the terms of the deal Scandic will take over the hotel from its current operator in 2020. The lease extensions comprise four hotels operated by Scandic where existing leases will expire within three years. These are  Scandic Aulanko in Hämeenlinna, Scandic Eden in Nokia, Scandic Waskia in Vaasa and Crowne Plaza Helsinki, (operated under a franchise agreement with InterContinental Hotels Group). The prolonged agreements are revenue based with minimum guarantees. Scandic and CapMan Hotels RE KY have also agreed on an extensive renovation program where the parties will invest approximately EUR20 million.


New Radisson hotel set for Abidjan opening in 2021
A new Radisson hotel will open in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The Radisson Hotel & Apartments Abidjan Plateau will bring the group’s Africa portfolio to 86 hotels and almost 18,000 rooms in operation and under development. The property will be located on the Boulevard de la Republique in the heart of Abidjan’s central business district, one of the most populous cities in Africa and the largest business hub in the Francophone Africa. With a total of 152 rooms, the Radisson Hotel & Apartments Abidjan Plateau is a brand new construction and scheduled to open in 2021. These will include 122 standard rooms, 24 one-bedroom apartments and six two-bedroom apartments. The hotel will also provide the city’s largest conference space with eight meeting rooms over a 1,000 square metre area.


Premier Inn secures planning permission for new Marylebone property as it further boosts its ‘Hub by Premier Inn’ coverage in London
Whitbread, the owner of Premier Inn, has received planning permission from Westminster City Council for a 294-bedroom hotel at 191 Old Marylebone Road. The property is due to open in 2021 and will be located in what was a former office building that was purchased by its parent back in 2016. It will be marketed under the ‘Hub by Premier Inn’ brand, a concept that offers cheaper compact rooms in city centre locations. There are seven ‘Hub by Premier Inn’ hotels already open in London, with a further seven under development.


New Park Inn by Radisson hotel opens near Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
Radisson Hotel Group has opened a new Park Inn by Radisson Amsterdam City West hotel, located 10 minutes by train from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. The hotel features 476 rooms and suites, 680sqm ballroom, separate two storey pre-conference area and parking with capacity of up to 200 spaces. It is located in Ven Amsterdam, the first mixed-use complex of its kind in the Dutch capital.


Swedavia to sell future hotel property at Gothenburg Airport to Midstar Hotels
Swedavia has announced plans to sell a future hotel property at Gothenburg Landvetter Airport to Midstar Hotels AB, with Scandic Hotels to operate the new hotel under a 20 year lease. The 222 room hotel is expected to open in late 2020/early 2021 and feature conference and recreation facilities, restaurant and gym. Capital gain is estimated at SEK140 million (EUR13.7 million), expected to be received during 1Q2021. The hotel is part of further district development surrounding the airport, including improved transport connections and services, co-working office spaces and other facilities.


easyJet doubles ATOL passenger protection as it seeks to grow hotel bookings as it looks to increase ancillary revenues
easyJet has received an additional air travel organisers’ licensing (ATOL) licence for 184,994 passengers from the UK Civil Aviation Authority. The new ATOL licence is independent from and in addition to the 166,450 passenger licence held by easyJet Holidays. As previously reported by CAPA, easyJet plans to expand its packaged holidays business and increase ancillary revenues through initiatives such as a loyalty programme. Around 500,000 passengers currently book hotels via easyJet’s sales platforms out of an addressable market of 20 million.


Are Airbnb properties potentially not as safe as hotels?
CBH Group spend smart integration manager Ralph Goodman has suggested Airbnb could pose a safety risk for travellers because basic features from hotels, including a front desk, CCTV and smoke alarms, may be absent at Airbnb properties. He made his comments at the recent CAPA – Centre for Aviation Perth Aviation & Corporate Travel Summit in Australia, where he also noted hotel quality clearly differs from one market to another. He noted that while a three star hotel will suffice in one country, in another country, a five star hotel is required to maintain traveller safety.