LAPLAND HOTELS TO BEGIN REOPENING HOTELS
Press release | Wed May 27 10:32:00 2020
Having closed down all operations in late March due to the coronavirus, Lapland Hotels will begin reopening their destinations. Hotels are to reopen gradually starting on 26 June 2020. All city hotels and some destinations in Lapland are among the first to open. Due to increasing interest, the company is now offering new and more meaningful ways of experiencing the unique atmosphere of the north.
NOW OFFERING NEW AND MORE MEANINGFUL WAYS OF EXPERIENCING THE UNIQUE ATMOSPHERE OF THE NORTH
The first hotels to open are the city hotels in Helsinki, Tampere, Kuopio, and Oulu. The Lapland destinations to open are Lapland Hotels Ounasvaara Chalets in Rovaniemi, Lapland Hotels Riekonlinna in Saariselkä, Lapland Hotels Sirkantähti in Levi, Lapland Hotels Äkäshotelli in Ylläs, Lapland Hotels Kilpis in Kilpisjärvi, and Lapland Hotels Pallas.
– It is apparent that there has been more interest towards holiday apartments in particular. We have a comprehensive network of hotels at Finland’s top tourism destinations, and we believe that our customers will find the hundreds of holiday apartments we own all over Lapland especially appealing. We will reopen our destinations gradually, aiming at a nearly normal service package by autumn, says Lapland Hotels Managing Director Ari Vuorentausta.
Due to the coronavirus, special attention at the opening destinations will be paid to the safety of both the personnel and the hotel guests. The efficiency of cleaning has been improved, booked rooms are spaced out, and tables have been removed from restaurants to make sure customers have sufficient space.
– Keeping physical distance and emphasising hygiene are the starting points for the reopening of our services. We are paying close attention to the situation at all times and we are ready to adapt our functions as quickly as needed according to authoritative instructions, states Vuorentausta.
– The situation is uncertain for everyone, which is why we have for instance changed the booking terms at our destinations to allow cancellations in all cases, he continues.
GROWING DEMAND FOR DOMESTIC ADVENTURE DESTINATIONS
For the summer season, Lapland Hotels is introducing new ways to experience Finnish nature and the unique atmosphere of the North. The travel restrictions associated with the corona pandemic have increased interest in domestic destinations as people are looking for breakaways within driving distance.
In the coming summer season, Lapland Hotels services will include for example the opportunity to spend the night at Saariselkä in a glass igloo in the middle of a lake and to go on a helicopter fishing trip.
– Lapland’s unique nature is at the core of what we do. Hopefully this summer we can show the wonderful destinations that our country holds to more Finns than before, says Vuorentausta.
toimitusjohtaja / Lapland Hotels Oy
Tel. 0400 418896
Lapland Hotels is Finland’s largest private hotel franchise with 18 hotels, 2 300 rooms and apartments, and restaurant capacity for 9 800 customers all over Finland; in Ylläs, Levi, Saariselkä, Rovaniemi, Olos, Luosto, Kilpisjärvi, Pallas and Hetta as well as in Helsinki, Tampere, Oulu, and Kuopio. The franchise also runs ski resort operations in Ylläs, Luosto, Olos, Pallas, and Rovaniemi. The group also includes Lapland Safaris, the largest event organiser in the Nordic countries.