Tivoli and the Arp-Hansen Hotel Group to build major new hotel
A million guests have either stayed at or visited the Tivoli Hotel & Congress Center since it opened in 2010. On the basis of this success, the Arp-Hansen Hotel Group and Tivoli are now ready to continue their strategic partnership and build a new themed business hotel with 282 rooms, which will form an integral part of the existing Tivoli Hotel. The price of the hotel, designed by internationally-renowned Danish architect Kim Utzon, will be in the hundreds of millions of kroner. Wonderful Copenhagen welcomes the initiative.
When the new 12-storey hotel is completed in 2015, it will be a hotel characterised by Tivoli’s spirit and design history. The hotel will offer 38 new meeting and conference rooms, and 282 guest rooms, which, like the existing Tivoli Hotel, will meet the needs of business guests as well as the wishes of the family segment. The total hotel capacity of Tivoli Hotel will thereby be 679 rooms, plus meeting facilities that can accommodate 6,000 guests.
The new hotel will realise the original plan for the overall congress and hotel area of Kalvebod Brygge, which besides the Tivoli Hotel & Congress Center also includes 510 rooms at the budget hotel Wakeup Copenhagen. Following the extension, the overall congress complex will offer a total of 1,210 rooms.
"Arp-Hansen's strategic collaboration with Tivoli is a perfect match between two experienced players in the Copenhagen tourism trade. Together, we are creating a new framework for tourism and conference guests in Copenhagen," says Dorte Krak, CEO of the Arp-Hansen Hotel Group. "We are now in the process of fine-tuning the project. In partnership, we will develop and adapt parts of the hotel to ensure that emerging markets like China and Russia will also find us attractive. We believe that this will benefit Copenhagen as a congress city and holiday destination."
"It makes perfect sense to continue our collaboration with the Arp-Hansen Hotel Group, who is able to create unique hotels in central locations in Copenhagen. We have been working in a focused manner for some years to expand our business areas in the tourism value chain, and a Tivoli Hotel which is more in the family class, but also accommodates the business segment, harmonises well with our strategy to make Tivoli a year-round business," says Lars Liebst, CEO of Tivoli.
Lars Bernhard Jørgensen, CEO of Wonderful Copenhagen, welcomes the project
"It is important to our international competitiveness that we constantly renew ourselves. Despite the global crisis, we have seen a marked increase in the number of hotel guests visiting Copenhagen in recent years, partly due to the fact that in the same period we have acquired many new hotels and conference facilities, which we have marketed and sold internationally. The unique partnership of Tivoli and Arp-Hansen, and their new hotel project, helps to strengthen the tourism and meeting product in the inner city, and the investment is in line with Wonderful Copenhagen's growth strategy for the coming years.
In 2008, Tivoli and the Arp-Hansen Hotel Group entered into a strategic partnership in connection with the Arp-Hansen Hotel Group’s Tivoli Hotel. The Tivoli Hotel project was not long in getting off the ground; in 2010 the hotel welcomed its first guests, and later that year saw the opening of Copenhagen's new convention centre – Tivoli Congress Center. Now, a further chapter is being added to the story of this successful collaboration.
About the Arp-Hansen Hotel Group
The Arp-Hansen Hotel Group has been operating hotels since 1961 and is now Copenhagen's largest hotel chain, with over 2,700 rooms in 11 hotels, all of them in central locations in Copenhagen. The group’s twelfth hotel is being built in Borgergade, where a Wakeup Copenhagen hotel with 341 rooms will open in the summer of 2014. This brings the group’s total number of hotel rooms to around 3,000. The Arp-Hansen Hotel Group currently employs approximately 700 people.
The hotels are operated and marketed under the Arp-Hansen Hotel Group. Its well-known hotels are Phoenix Copenhagen, 71 Nyhavn Hotel, Tivoli Hotel, Imperial Hotel, Grand Hotel, The Square, Copenhagen Island, Copenhagen Strand, Hotel Opera, Wakeup Copenhagen and Gentofte Hotel.
Since Georg Carstensen first opened Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens to visitors in 1843, the gardens have evolved into a world-class amusement park with hotels, 27 rides, activities, stalls, restaurants, events, shows and concerts of the highest quality. Tivoli is one of the world's oldest amusement parks, and with its traditions and ongoing innovation, it represents a strong entertainment and experience offer to three generations. The gardens are visited by almost four million people each year.