The Scandic Group has received yet more recognition for its hotel business in Germany in the form of the annual Swedish Enterprise Award, which is given to Swedish companies with operations in Germany. The aim of the award is to strengthen German-Swedish business ties and it is issued jointly by the Embassy of Sweden, the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Business Sweden.
2010 saw Scandic open a newly built hotel in Berlin – Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz – and in 2012 Scandic Hamburg Emporio opened in Hamburg. Embodying the best of Nordic design, both hotels were developed using unique and smart solutions to be sustainable hotels that are accessible for all. With their 565 and 325 rooms respectively, Scandic’s German offerings are two of the group’s flagship hotels.
“We are extremely proud to have won this award, in recognition of our ability to promote Nordic themes and concepts,” comments Michel Schutzbach, Country Vice President Scandic Germany. “On the environment and other sustainability issues, we lie a long way ahead of the field. Scandic is a role model for the German hotel market.”
“Once again in 2013, many strong candidates with Swedish roots were nominated for the Swedish Enterprise in Germany Award,” adds Mats Hultberg, CEO of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Germany. “Scandic Hotels stood out in particular for promoting ‘Swedish’ characteristics such as creativity, health and sustainability in the German market.”
Both Scandic Hamburg Emporio and Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz have environmental certification. Scandic’s comprehensive accessibility standard, which takes the form of a 110-point checklist, has informed work on the hotels from the very beginning, and Scandic’s philosophy – Design for all – has very much been part of the brief. Accessibility is elegantly integrated into the Scandinavian interiors and many of the innovative solutions for greater accessibility are invisible to the untrained eye, but they make a hotel stay comfortable and convenient for everyone. It doesn’t matter whether guests have a disability or not – here everyone is welcome.
For further information, please contact:
Michel Schutzbach, CVP Scandic Europe: +49 307 00 77 90
Margareta Thorgren, VP Group Communication Scandic: +46 72-170 92 53
Image text: To the left: Mats Hultberg from Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Germany, to the right: Heiko Kain, Hotel manager at Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz.
Every day, Scandic’s 7,500 team members work with one single goal in mind – to make you feel welcome. As the Nordic region’s most sustainable hotel chain we’re always focused on the environment, social responsibility and accessibility. With around 160 hotels in eight countries, 30,000 hotel rooms and a turnover of EUR 923 million, Scandic is the leading hotel chain in the Nordic countries. We want to be more than just a hotel – Scandic is a place where people meet, work and get inspired.