There have been several major hotel and spa projects announced in Finland this year and the growth of the sector shows no sign of slowing down. The latest news include a new 180 room hotel that will be built by the Cumulus chain of hotels next to the main post office in Tampere, due to be completed in 2012. This means that a total of 930 new hotel rooms are currently planned to open near the Tampere railway station, including 200 rooms at the new Scandic Hotel, 300 rooms at the tower hotel and about 250 rooms at the Central Arena.
According to Kimmo Niskanen, regional director for The Restel Hotel Group which manages the Cumulus chain, the strength of Tampere’s hotel business lies in its even distribution of business, conference and leisure travel customers. Tapio Satta, managing director of Sokotel, says that during the weekends the hotels in Tampere fill up even faster than in the capital city area.
There are also several other hotel projects underway in different parts of Finland. Next year Colorful Hotels will start the construction of a new luxury hotel in Maarianhamina, the capital of the Åland Islands, which is planned to open its doors in May 2013. YIT is building a hotel in the Myyrmäki Sports Park in Vantaa in 2012. The hotel will have about 100 rooms and will also include a large wellness and sports centre.
Work on a new ‘Space’-themed spa and congress hall at the Spa Hotel Peurunka in central Finland will begin in early 2011, with construction expected to take about one year. The congress and sports hall will have a surface area of about 7500 square metres.
Sources: Aamulehti, Nya Åland, Helsingin Sanomat, Keskisuomalainen