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We are doing well
The S-Group's hotel chains, Sokos Hotels and Radisson Blu have all experienced an excellent commercial year. On a global level, Finland is perceived as an interesting destination and also domestic tourism enjoys a similar positive trend. The international market is also performing well, with the Sokos Hotels in St. Petersburg celebrating their 10th anniversaries this year. We respond to the growing demand by reforming Finland's largest hotel network.
The Original Sokos Hotel Alexandra in Jyväskylä has revamped its facade, the Jalo Kitchen & Lounge restaurant and 100 hotel rooms. The Break Sokos Hotel Flamingo in Vantaa, located in Finland's largest entertainment center, is expanding with 232 new hotel rooms and a unique event space. A complete renovation of the Original Sokos Hotel Seurahuone, a valuable property in Turku, is being initiated. The magnificent new hotel will open in the center of Turku in the beginning of 2019. The Karelian region has in connection with the Break Sokos Hotel Bomba received a wonderful, new, Kalevala-themed spa- and sauna complex, the SpaBomba.
The S-Group and its hotels focus on sustainability in multiple ways. Almost all of our hotels are Green Key certified and 31 Sokos hotels have been provided Allergy labels. The Sokos Hotels chain has during consecutive years been chosen Finland's most responsible and reliable hotel chain. The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, parent company of the Radisson Blu Hotels, has during the last eight years been among the world's most ethical companies (Ethisphere Institute).
Our hotels have been successful in international competitions. Sokos Hotels received several awards at the The World Luxury Hotels -competition. The Hämeenlinna Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna, the Jyväskylä Solo Sokos Hotel Paviljonki and the Tallinn Solo Sokos Hotel Estoria all received awards. The top hotels are selected based on suggestions by hotel guests, and awards given by country, geographic area and worldwide. The International World Travel Awards has named the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Finland's leading business hotel.
We are pleased to continue along these lines. I wish to extend a warm thank you to our customers for the past year and wish you a happy New Year!
Vice President Sales, S-Group Hotels