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Scandic’s European expansion continues with a new hotel in Hamburg

Scandic’s European expansion continues with a new hotel in Hamburg

Scandic is to build a new hotel in Hamburg, Germany’s second city. The 325-room hotel, which will be part of a high-profile new development area, containing also apartments and office space, is a key element in the hotel chain’s strategy of growth in Europe.
Scandic has signed a long-term lease with Union Investment Real Estate AG, one of Germany’s largest property investors, on a new hotel in central Hamburg. The new Scandic Hamburg – with 325 rooms – is expected to open in 2011. The hotel is situated only a few minutes’ walk from Gänsemarkt – the centre of Hamburg – and close to the Laiszhalle concert hall.

“It’s incredibly exciting to drive Scandic’s international expansion. We’re receiving more and more enquiries about new hotel projects and after Eastern Europe and the Nordic region, Germany is a priority market. Hamburg is particularly interesting, with its location and positive development in recent years. It’s a city that many Scandinavians and Eastern Europeans visit, not least thanks to popular trade fairs, a major port and unbeatable shopping,” comments Frank Fiskers, President & CEO of Scandic.

In Hamburg, the “Unilever tower” is a well-known landmark being the highest office tower on the Wallring, the landscaped strip that encircles Hamburg’s city centre. The refurbished tower, together with a new building housing offices, apartments and the new Scandic hotel, will form a whole new block in central Hamburg with total investment of around EUR 270 million.

The hotel will benefit from excellent access to public transport, being located a short walk from the Dammtor train station and with the subway stopping right outside the property. In addition to guest rooms, the hotel will offer 500 m2 of conference space, a restaurant and bar, gym and parking.

The new hotel is the latest evidence of Scandic’s aggressive growth strategy, aimed at advancing from the current 150 hotels to 200 in just five years. Since October last year alone, Scandic has expanded by 19 new hotels, 11 of which are newbuilds, including one hotel in Berlin.

For more information, please contact:
Frank Fiskers, President & CEO, Scandic, tel: +46 8 517 352 03
Helena Nilsson, Vice President Corporate Communications, Scandic, tel: +46 709 73 51 45
E-mail: helena.nilsson@scandichotels.com
Susanne Kaschub, Media Relations Manager, Union Investment Real Estate
tel: +49 403 4919139
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