Scandic further strengthens position in Norway
Scandic Hotels is continuing its expansion in the Norwegian market by acquiring operations from Bergen Hotel Gruppen. Scandic will take over three hotels, Scandic Neptun, Scandic Bergen City and Scandic Strand, with a total of 630 guestrooms and 40 conference rooms.
As a result, Scandic will operate six hotels in Bergen, one of Norway’s most expansive hotel markets and the country’s second biggest hotel market. The three hotels have been Scandic-branded since 2000 under a long-term franchise contract with Bergen Hotel Group.
Today, the three hotels have distinct positions in the conference, leisure and business travel sectors. Scandic Neptun is Bergen’s most popular weekend hotel, with a focus on food, art and culture. Bergen City is one of Bergen’s biggest conference hotels and Scandic Strand is popular among business travellers.
The seller of these hotel operations is the current franchisee, Erling Falch Monsen, who will continue as property owner of Scandic Neptun and Scandic City. Operations of the three hotels will be taken over officially by Scandic on February 1.
During 2014, mainly as a result of the acquisition of Rica Hotels, Scandic has increased from 19 to 86 hotels in Norway, from Kristiansand in the south to Svalbard in the north.
[pictured: Scandic Strand]