Business news from Ukraine

STATE PROPERTY FUND OF UKRAINE TO PUT DNIPRO HOTEL AT STARTING PRICE OF $10 MLN

The State Property Fund of Ukraine this spring will put the Dnipro Hotel located downtown Kyiv at the starting price of $10 million. “In order for its [the hotel’s] final cost to increase at times, a new director, Elina Sapozhkova, has been recently appointed,” the fund said on its website.
According to Sapozhkova, who previously had experience in opening, developing and managing hotels of the international chains Rezidor Hotel Group, IHG, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt, the main value of the Dnipro Hotel is its location on European Square in the center of Kyiv and the views from the rooms.
The fund said that it has 23 large facilities for privatization, of which five are planned to be completed this year.

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ODESA-BASED COMPANY PLANS TO OPEN HOTEL IN POLAND

Ribas Hotels Group LLC (Odesa), the managing company of the national network of three- and four-star tourist hotel and restaurant complexes, has signed an agreement to manage the Bautzen hotel in Jelenia Gora (Poland). “The management company of Ribas Hotels Group has developed a concept and corporate style for the hospitality facility in the Polish city of Jelenia Gora and signed a management agreement. The opening is scheduled for spring 2021,” the company told Interfax-Ukraine.
According to Ribas Hotels Group, after the launch, the three-star hotel will include 23 rooms. The object will be the first one in the operator’s portfolio outside Ukraine.
The company noted that in order to increase the profitability of the facility, it was decided to reduce staff costs by creating a contactless reception desk, introducing the position of a curator of the facility, which helps conduct check-in if necessary.
“Most guests check in on their own, through the terminal, a lock system that will be installed on the doors. A specialist from the hotel will be 24/7 online chatting and communicating with guests, as well as advising guests who did not use to this service format,” the company said.
In addition, Ribas Hotels Group decided to abandon the traditional list of additional services that are not in demand. In particular, in Bautzen there will be no minibars, they will be replaced by vending machines with snacks and various prepared meals in the common areas of the hotel.
According to estimates by Ribas Hotels Group, the planned estimated return on investment in the opening of Bautzen is 5-7% per annum.

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FEST HOLDING WILL OPEN HOTEL IN LVIV

!FEST holding of emotions (Lviv) plans on December 13 to launch the first hotel project in its portfolio – the seven-storey !FEST hotel with 69 rooms, a restaurant and a cafe, the company’s press service has told Interfax-Ukraine. “On December 13, 2019 we are opening a new business project in the holding of emotions !FEST – the first hotel. We thought that it needed a modern visual language to communicate with our guests. And we decided to make the facade of the hotel with corten steel, which over time under the influence of weather factors will turn into an art object in Lviv,” co-owner of the holding Andriy Khudo said.
The object will be located on the site of the former office of the company at 15a Lemkivska Street. The seven-storey hotel includes 69 rooms, a restaurant, a cafe and various services, including the ability to order branded products presented in the holding’s restaurants, namely beer, chocolate, cherry liquor, etc.
The holding of emotions !FEST was founded in 2007 and is developing a network of creative restaurants, coffee houses and shops in Ukraine.
One of the first opened objects of the holding is the restaurant Kryivka in Lviv, among other establishments with the original concept are Masoch-Cafe, Lvivska Kopalnia Kavy, Rebernia, etc.
!FEST also develops residential construction, the apartments Just Lviv It, a network of stores, catering, etc.
The owners of the !FEST holding are Andriy Khudo, Yuriy Nazaruk, and Dmytro Herasimov.

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SWISSOTEL HOTEL BRAND TO ENTER UKRAINIAN MARKET

The international hotel operator Accor (France) has signed a management contract for the Swissotel Living hotel at 13 Luteranska Street in Pechersky district of Kyiv, the opening of which is scheduled for 2021-2022. “This will be an aparthotel designed for long and medium-term accommodation (extended stay). The owner of the hotel and Accor believe that this format has good prospects in the city,” Accor New East Europe Development Director Yekateryna Marchenko told Interfax-Ukraine.
The object will be housed in a historic building near Khreschatyk Street, after restoration it will have 58 rooms.
The expert noted that before joining the Accor chain, the Swissotel brand already made attempts to enter the Ukrainian hotel market, but the planned projects were not implemented.
Accor Group is one of the leading hotel operators in the world. It opened its first hotel under the Novotel brand in Lille (France) in 1967.

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UKRAINIAN ARTBUILD HOTEL GROUP PLANS TO OPEN HOTEL IN ROME

ArtBuild Hotel Group (ABHG, Kyiv) plans in October 2019 to open the Santa Sofia hotel of the economy+ class in Rome (Italy), managing partner of the company Oleksiy Yevchenko has told Interfax-Ukraine.
“In October, we open a hotel project in Rome. We have long been working in the international market as consultants, but our own hotel will appear abroad for the first time. The object is located in the tourist center of Rome, not far from the Coliseum. This is the reconstruction of a commercial apartment building for pilgrims into an economy+ hotel,” he said.
ArtBuild Hotel Group rented premises for the hotel.
The hotel has 50 rooms, a restaurant on the ground floor and a wine bar on the open roof terrace.
According to him, currently ArtBuild Hotel Group is also developing concepts for four hotels in Kyiv, another one in Rome and another in Budapest.
“Hotels will be represented in economy and midscale segments that are most popular in Kyiv now. They have different locations, but none of them will be located in the central part of Kyiv. One of them will be managed by ArtBuild Hotel Management,” the managing partner said.
ArtBuild Hotel Group is one of the first companies in Ukraine specializing in hotel fee development and consulting. The company implements hotel real estate projects in different segments.

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REIKARTZ CHAIN REPLENISHED WITH HOTEL IN KHMELNYTSKY

Reikartz Hotel Management LLC (Kyiv), the managing company of the national hotel chain Reikartz Hotel Group, has signed an agreement to manage the Soniachny Provans (Sunny Provence) hotel in Sataniv (Khmelnytsky region), which has become part of the network under the Vita Park brand.
“The Soniachny Provans hotel in Khmelnytsky region has become a new member and the seventh resort hotel in the Reikartz Hotel Group chain. From August 1, the hotel starts operating under the name Vita Park Soniachny Provans ” Reikartz said on its website.
According to the report, the hotel has 99 rooms of various categories, as well as a restaurant, a conference room, a swimming pool, as well as a SPA center.
“Work on the implementation of operating, sales and marketing standards is already underway. The company plans not only to develop a finished product, but also expand the range of services for guests. Soon, a full-fledged Swedish line and a team of animators will begin to work in the hotel,” the operating director of Reikartz Hotel Group, Andriy Dema, said.
Reikartz Hotel Management LLC was established in 2008.

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