Scandic Hotels

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Scandic Hotels Group AB
TypePublicly traded Aktiebolag
Nasdaq StockholmSHOT
Founded1963 (as Esso Motor Hotel)[1]
HeadquartersStockholm, Sweden
Area served
Nordic countries
Key people
Jens Mathiesen, President and CEO[2]
Per G. Braathen, Chairman of the Board of Directors [3]
RevenueIncrease SEK 18,007 million (2018)
Increase SEK 1,957 million (2018)
Decrease SEK 678 million (2018)
Number of employees
10,000 Edit this on Wikidata
Scandic Hotel Rosendahl in Tampere, Finland
Scandic Hotel in Lund, Sweden

Scandic Hotels is a hotel chain headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with its main operations in the Nordic countries. Alongside hotels in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark, the company also has a presence in Germany and Poland.


The first hotel in what was later to become the Scandic chain was the Esso Motor Hotel in Laxå in the province of Närke, central Sweden. Opened in 1963, it capitalized on the increase in car travel, both for business and pleasure – the motel was a novel concept for Europe at the time. The chain grew to 59 hotels Europewide by 1972, when Esso sold the non-Scandinavian hotels. The remaining 32 hotels, five of them in Norway and Denmark, formed the largest hotel chain in its native Sweden in 1973.

In 1983, the company was sold to a Swedish consortium headed by Ratos and the following year, it was named Scandic Hotels. Ratos became sole owner in 1985, and a year later, the first hotel outside Scandinavia opened in Koblenz, Germany.

The business was negatively impacted by the 1990/91 Gulf Crisis, and company management was replaced in 1992. In 1996, the group acquired Reso Hotels and became a publicly traded company on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. Two years later, the Arctia Hotels group in Finland followed, giving Scandic a presence in all the Nordic countries, and in 1999, the group expanded into Estonia.

In 2001, Scandic was acquired by the London-based Hilton Group. The hotel chain changed ownership again in 2007, this time bought by Swedish private equity firm EQT for EUR 833 million.[4] In July 2013, Scandic Hotels partnered with Swiss Hospitality to gear up its digital infrastructure.[5] In 2014, Scandic acquired the Rica Hotels chain, which added 72 properties in Norway and Sweden to its portfolio.[6]

In December 2015, Scandic once again was listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange.[7]

In June 2016, Scandic Hotels dropped its HTL hotel brand launched in 2014. The brand was applied to four hotels of the group in Stockholm and Oslo, which were turned back into Scandic Hotels after the HTL brand was abandoned.[8] In 2017, Scandic announced its buy-out of all 43 Restel hotels in Finland for 114.5 million euros, including those under the Cumulus and Holiday Inn brands.[9]


As of 31 December 2018, the company employs 11,560 people and operates 283 hotels with 51,693 guest rooms. Operating result (EBITDA) for 2018 amounted to SEK 1,957 million.[10]


Stairway and reflections, from above, at the Scandic Continental Hotel, Stockholm

Since 1994, Scandic profiles itself heavily as an ecologically sustainable business. Employees receive sustainability education and the company offers rooms built in an environmentally friendly way. In 2001, the breakfasts at all Swedish Scandics received the KRAV ecological product certificate, and by 2004, all Swedish hotels had earned the "Swan" ecolabel. Scandic has received national and international awards for its environmental efforts:[11]

  • St Julian Disability Award, S:t Julian – City of Stockholm, February 2006
  • Glassbjörnen Environmental Award – GRIP Forum, Norway, May 2006
  • Oslo’s Urban Environmental Prize – City of Oslo, Norway, June 2006
  • Best Environmental Work – Grand Travel Awards, Sweden, March 2007
  • Scandic Elmia & Scandic Portalen – Jönköping Municipality Environmental Award, June 2007
  • Stilpriset Hjärter Ess för tillgänglighet – Stil, Sweden, September 2007
  • Swedish Recycling Award, October 2007
  • The Sustainability Award – European Hotel Design Awards, London, October 2007
  • Best CSR Programme – Hospitality Awards, Paris, November 2007

Since 2015, the group got in line with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Scandic Hotels partnered with Too Good To Go and Karma to reduce food waste within its hotels.[12]


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  4. ^ Scandic Hotels Corporate Information, Accessed 2012-12-06.
  5. ^ "For Scandic Hotels, Swisscom Hospitality implements next generation HSIA to allow guests a Click-to-Connect experience". 11 July 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Scandic acquires Rica Hotels - Strengthens its portfolio with the addition of 72 new hotels in Norway and Sweden". Hospitality Net. 11 February 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  7. ^ Scandic Hotels Corporate Information,
  8. ^ "Scandic Hotels Group drops HTL brand - Current HTL Hotels to Change Name to Scandic". 3 June 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Scandic ostaa Restelin hotellit". Yle Uutiset (in Finnish). Retrieved 2017-06-21.
  10. ^ Scandic annual report 2018
  11. ^ Bohdanowicz, Paulina et al.: "Environmental Training and Measures at Scandic Hotels, Sweden". Research paper presented at B.E.S.T. Sustainable Tourism Think Tank IV, "Sustainability and Mass Destinations: Challenges and Possibilities", 2004-07-01-2004-07-04, Esbjerg, Denmark. Accessed 2010-03-14.
  12. ^ "Scandic Climbs In The Sustainable Brand Index – Ranked Higher In All Countries". 12 April 2019. Retrieved 27 December 2019.

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