has signed an agreement to take over the operation of a 150-room hotel at Arlandastad in close proximity to Stockholm Arlanda Airport
and with direct access to the new international meeting and event centre, Scandinavian XPO
. The company has reached an agreement with property owner Arlandastad Holding
regarding a 15-year lease agreement for the former First Hotel Arlanda. The hotel was built in 2015 but has been closed in recent months following the bankruptcy of the hotel operator. Scandic expects to open the hotel on January 10, 2021, under the name Scandic Arlandastad. Since the hotel is modern and in good condition, Scandic will initially limit investments to rebranding the establishment as Scandic. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the parties have agreed to a revenue-based lease agreement that provides a reasonable risk distribution between Scandic and Arlandastad Holding.
"It’s very positive that we are now able to establish operations near Arlanda, an area where Scandic has lacked presence. Scandic Arlandastad will be an excellent complement to our other hotels in the Stockholm area," said Peter Jangbratt, Head of Scandic Hotels Sweden.
"It’s really wonderful to finally welcome Scandic to Arlandastad. Considering the opportunity presented by the bankruptcy of First Hotels, it’s only natural that Scandic should enter as a new hotel operator. We’re also happy to see so much interest in the area. Scandic’s presence will contribute to the continued development of Arlandastad and above all, offer our visitors a great experience," said Dieter Sand, President & CEO of Arlandastad Holding.
"The lease agreement for Scandic Arlandastad provides a reasonable distribution of risk between Scandic and the property owner and I’m sure we’ll be seeing more agreements like this going forward. As we all know, 2020 has been a very challenging year for the hotel industry, not least for smaller companies, and I do not rule out that more similar opportunities may come up for Scandic," said Jens Mathiesen, President & CEO of Scandic Hotels Group.