by Michael J. Shapiro | May 26, 2017
Best Western Hotels & Resorts has acquired Sweden Hotels, a 40-year-old lodging company with 59 mid- to upscale business properties scattered across the Scandinavian country. As a result, Best Western is now the largest hotel brand in the Sweden, with 135 hotels.
 
Sweden Hotels is a collection of independently owned and managed properties, many of which offer conference facilities.
 
"Best Western is always on a quest to grow our offerings around the globe," said David Kong, president and CEO of Best Western. "The opportunity to broaden our footprint with a quality partner like Sweden Hotels is one that we couldn't turn down. We look forward to what I'm confident will be a longstanding and prosperous venture."
 
Properties in the Sweden Hotels portfolio now can offer corporate clients Best Western's full support, including its distribution, customer-relations, marketing and purchasing expertise, as well as the loyalty program of the new parent company. Best Western, in addition to growing its regional network, gains more opportunity to expand its new brand, the SureStay Hotel Group.
 
"It is a distinct pleasure to welcome Sweden Hotels to Best Western," said Johan Kukacka, CEO of Best Western Hotels & Resorts, Scandinavia. "This partnership brings together two esteemed hotel companies looking to grow business competencies and better serve customers. We have already started the discussion with individual Sweden Hotels owners regarding the integration, and they are excited about the new opportunities that are being presented."
 
Best Western now has more than 4,200 hotels across more than 100 countries in its portfolio.