For many organizations, business travel is an everyday activity. Depending on the employee’s role, they might have to travel to meet a client, to work on a project or for an internal meeting. These business trips might take them to another city or country.

With many employees traveling for work, it pays to design a corporate travel policy for the organization. It ensures travel cost prediction and management as well as the satisfaction of employees. By centralizing, or in other words using one single partner for a specific activity, you can make sure you’re getting the best price, service quality and contract terms. See our accommodation expert’s top 4 tips on cost-efficient and smooth corporate travel!

1. Book directly with the service provider

When searching for accommodation for your business travel, or for any other travel for that matter, you probably start by comparing what different accommodation providers have to offer. Global travel search sites offer a nice and easy way to compare hotel rates, but they’re no longer the cheapest channel to book accommodation.

Most buyers already know that the best accommodation offer can’t necessarily be found through price comparison portals.  Accommodation service providers make an effort to provide the best rates and benefits for those customers who book directly with them”, explains Krista Vihermaa, Business Development Manager at Forenom.

Often you get the best price and service by inquiring directly from the accommodation service provider. This is also true at Forenom, as we guarantee the best rate for our apartments and rooms when you book directly through our webshop.

2. Select one accommodation partner

Especially for business travel, it’s worth selecting one accommodation partner, who understands your business and your needs. This way accommodation and booking is easy and flexible, and you get a fixed, affordable price for all accommodation booked by your company. 

’’It’s not just about cost savings anymore, but about how to save on the right things. When you have an accommodation partner, they are able to recommend and negotiate on options, so you don’t end up paying for something you don’t need’, says Vihermaa.

 3. Select a flexible accommodation provider

Usually the most expensive accommodations are those booked at the last minute. It’s a good idea to guide your employees to plan their business travel well ahead of time. However, business trips often happen at a very short notice. In these situations, it’s also easier if you have a flexible accommodation partner with whom you’ve agreed on fixed pricing. One of our core values is making booking easy and flexible for our customers, and we’re usually able to fix accommodation even on a short notice.

4. Check the services included

The daily rate alone doesn’t tell the whole truth about the cost-efficiency of a contract. The services included in the rate can make the difference between an affordable and the most affordable option. Don’t pay for something your employees don’t need. Does the apartment need to be cleaned every day or would a weekly cleaning do it? On the other hand, a home-like accommodation with a full-size fridge and the possibility to relax with a home-made dinner watching TV in the evening, can improve the experience significantly for the business traveler.

’’Employees might be unaware that there are accommodation options which allow cooking. Frequent travelers appreciate not having to eat at the hotel restaurant and their menu for the 100th time, but instead having the possibility to cook for themselves whatever they feel like eating. This way the employee also doesn’t have to spend their money and time into dining out every day’’, Vihermaa says.

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These are just some examples of how you can save on your company’s travel costs. As corporate accommodation experts, we understand that all businesses have their unique needs, ways of working and travel policies.

For this reason, we here at Forenom always make sure you get an accommodation contract which best fits your employees’ needs, without forgetting the possible limitations of your travel policy.

 

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The Nordic region’s leading corporate housing provider Forenom opens a new aparthotel on Mannerheimintie in Pikku Huopalahti, Helsinki. The aparthotel will offer 66 home-like apartments also for longer-term accommodation needs. 

– We offer a flexible accommodation solution, which enables business travelers to live in a home-like environment. In addition to the fully-furnished apartment and tailored services, the guest has the possibility to go to the sauna, cook their own meals and do laundry, Forenom’s area manager Lauri Hasanen explains.

Workforce mobility is a growing global trend, and the need for new types of accommodation and living are in high demand. Forenom has become the leading corporate housing provider in the Nordic countries by offering businesses serviced apartments, aparthotels and hostels. In the past ten years, the company’s turnover has increased from 4.2 million euros to 82 million euros. Forenom says their clients’ accommodation needs have changed in the past years.

– They need accommodation to be fast, unique and home-like and the price-quality ratio must be good. And we aim to answer to these needs. The customer can book their stay online and check into the aparthotel any time of the day using a keycode. They can do their shopping in the grocery store situated in the same building, even in the middle of the night if needed, Hasanen adds.

Forenom’s accommodation capacity increased by 35 per cent this year, and the strong growth is expected to continue also next year. In addition to Helsinki, Forenom opens new Finland locations also in Turku, Rauma, Rovaniemi and Jyväskylä.

Forenom Aparthotel Helsinki Pikku Huopalahti

    • Opens in January 2019 in Mannerheimintie 170
    • Offers 66 fully-furnished apartments from studios to larger two-bedroom apartments
    • All apartments include a fully-equipped kitchen and possibility to do laundry
    • Parking is available for those arriving by car

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More information:

Lauri Hasanen

Area manager, Forenom

lauri.hasanen@forenom.com, tel. +358 50 566 3611

Forenom is the Nordic market leader in corporate housing in terms of net sales, currently operating in Sweden, Norway and Denmark and Finland with 25 local offices and over 500 employees. With over 7000 serviced apartments in the Nordic countries, Forenom hosts over 200.000 guests every year. Forenom’s goal is to continue growing rapidly and become the leading accommodation service provider in Northern Europe.

Forenom has appointed M.Sc. Econ. Johanna Ali as the new Country Manager of Forenom Finland, effective starting from 17 January 2019. Strengthened management will support Forenom’s goal to be the leading accommodation service provider in Northern Europe.

Previously Johanna Ali worked at LeasePlan Finland Oy in various roles, including 12 years in the management team and 4 years as a Commercial Director. All together she has 16 years’ worth of experience in key positions building an impressive story at LeasePlan Finland Oy.

Johanna will lead our business in Finland, which includes nearly 5000 residences and rooms across Finland. Johanna has a strong expertise in B2B business development and services in a rapidly changing market and we are confident that she is the right person to ensure Forenom’s continuous positive development in Finland, says Forenom’s CEO Johannes Kangas.

Forenom accommodation offering increased by 35% during 2018 and the growth will continue throughout 2019. In Finland, Forenom is currently opening new accommodation destinations in Turku, Rauma, Helsinki, Rovaniemi and Jyväskylä.

– Companies are constantly looking for more flexible and cost-effective ways to operate their businesses both in Finland and internationally. Flexible corporate housing that facilitates mobile workforce can significantly contribute to the growth and internationalization of the growing companies. Forenom wants to develop alongside its customers as a pioneer in its field in the Nordic countries, and I am extremely motivated to join developing Forenom’s offering and service for the needs of the businesses, says Forenom’s new Country Director for Finland Johanna Ali.

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Forenom is the Nordic market leader in corporate housing in terms of net sales, currently operating in Sweden, Norway and Denmark and Finland with 25 local offices and over 500 employees. With over 7000 serviced apartments in the Nordic countries, Forenom hosts over 200.000 guests every year. Forenom’s goal is to continue growing rapidly and become the leading accommodation service provider in Northern Europe.

Forenom continues to expand in Turku, Finland with the opening of a new Aparthotel destination in the historical ‘’Hansa Block’’. The building is newly renovated into 34 rooms and residences, where the details still capture the essence of the original architecture.

The size of the rooms ranges from studios to two-bedroom apartments, offering flexible solutions also for longer stays. Forenom believes the flexible extended stay option will provide an affordable accommodation solution for businesses operating in Turku and the surrounding areas.

Our new Aparthotel in the heart of Turku city center is a place where companies’ employees can easily settle in and enjoy their professional and private life with all the facilities needed’’, says Forenom’s Area Manager Max Lindén.

This studio room is designed to combine efficiency with thoughtful, smart design.

Forenom believes customers will enjoy a genuine Nordic lifestyle, as the home-like rooms and residences provide kitchens and laundry possibilities. At the same time, staying is as easy as possible since services are included in the price and the code lock system allows guests to enter the Aparthotel 24 hours a day without any time spent on checking in and out.

The compact kitchen island maximizes the space around it, allowing guests to engage and move around with ease.

Forenom Aparthotel Turku

  • Opens in the beginning of January 2019
  • Offers 34 fully furnished and equipped residences from studios to two-bedrooms apartments
  • Every apartment is built around the kitchen, helping guests to enjoy both long- and short stay
  • In addition to electricity, water, furniture and facilities, the price of the accommodation includes services such as 24h customer service, Wi-Fi, bed linen and cleaning

Forenom is the Nordic market leader in corporate housing in terms of net sales, currently operating in Sweden, Norway and Denmark and Finland with 25 local offices and over 500 employees. With over 7000 serviced apartments in the Nordic countries, Forenom hosts over 200.000 guests every year. Forenom’s goal is to continue growing rapidly and become the leading accommodation service provider in Northern Europe.

Hansakortteli (‘’Hansa Block’’) is the largest, most distinctive, and oldest shopping center in Turku. Hansa is located right in the heart of Turku and at the focal point of events – by the market square, where you can find almost all you can possibly need.

Forenom continued its expansion in Sweden with the opening of a new serviced apartment destination in Norrmalm, Stockholm. Forenom’s new property is an 18th century building that has been tastefully renovated into 30 serviced apartments, where all the details are carefully preserved to still capture the essence of the original architecture.

The serviced apartment destination is designed to primarily serve business clients looking for comfort and home-like living combined with the easiness of tailored services. All serviced apartments are fully furnished and equipped, offering flexible solutions for longer stays.

 “This unique location offer our customers premium living right in the city centre. We believe this accommodation option will especially benefit business travellers who want to experience the essence of Stockholm, not from a hotel, but the same way the locals experience it,’’ says Mats-Erik Lidström, CEO of Forenom Sweden.

The three buildings that make Johannesgatan are situated in the centre of Stockholm in a quiet area right next to Johannes church, with Stockholm’s full potential just around the corner.

”The buildings have a long history, where various activities linked to the Lutheran Missionary Society in Stockholm and the Lewi Pethrus Foundation, have been carried out over the years. We first acquired the building in 1996 and for many years the building was run as a hotel under the name Art Hotel. In July 2017, we started an extensive renovation of the property into business apartments. The renovations ended November 2018. We are very happy and proud to welcome Forenom as a tenant and look forward to a continuing cooperation”, says Jan Ullberg, Chairman at U&P Fastighetskonsult AB.

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Forenom Serviced Apartments Stockholm Johannesgatan

  • Opened in the beginning of December 2018 at Johannesgatan 12
  • 5-minute walk to Stureplan
  • Offers 30 fully furnished and equipped apartments from 13 sqm to 59 sqm
  • A modern code lock system allows checking in to our apartments 24 hours a day without any time spent on checking in and out
  • In addition to electricity, water, furniture and facilities, the price of the accommodation includes services such as 24h customer service, Wi-Fi, bed linen and final cleaning

 

Forenom is the Nordic market leader in corporate housing in terms of net sales, currently operating in Sweden, Norway and Denmark and Finland with 25 local offices and over 450 employees. With over 6500 serviced apartments in the Nordic countries, Forenom hosts over 100.000 guests every year. Forenom’s goal is to continue growing rapidly and become the leading accommodation service provider in Northern Europe.

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A modern Aparthotel opens at Arlanda Airport – bringing an extended stay option to the area

A Corporate Travel Policy provides a guideline for a company’s business travel, from booking flights to selecting accommodation. There was a time when the purpose of these business travel programs was to control travel costs, but today’s travel policies focus on maximizing employee well-being, while still gaining savings from the right things.

The requirements for corporate travel programs have increased

Even though efficiency and monetary savings have long been used as the metrics for measuring the success of travel programs, it’s become increasingly important to track their impact on employee well-being and corporate culture.

Both employees and experts have become more and more concerned about work-life balance. Employees want to prioritize their healthy habits and lifestyle also when travelling, and employers must be able to support this.

Employees who travel for work also want to be able to influence the way they travel. For instance, what business travellers hope to find in their company’s travel policy, is sharing economy options, such as Airbnb or UberThese new kind of needs for e.g. home-like accommodation place pressure on traditional  corporate travel programs to renew themselves.

A modern travel policy offers freedom of choice

According to the leading travel news service Skift, a people-first travel policy is based on listening to the needs and desires of employees. Companies should focus on providing business travelers with freedom of choice and allow them to select the services or accommodation options of their own liking. In addition, companies should make sure to offer support for their employees on the road.

That being said, those in charge of company travel can’t just ignore the cost factor. If you’ve ever used hotels to accommodate your employees, then you’ve probably often paid more than you would have liked to. In recent years, companies all over the world have become to realize that a hotel isn’t always the only nor the best option for their accommodation needs.

Especially businesses who need also longer-term stays for their employees have found serviced apartments and aparthotels. These accommodation options and their services have originally been developed for the needs of business customers.

“Home-like accommodation allows the business traveler to keep up with their daily routines even when on the road. Instead of having to go out to eat every day, they can store their food in the fridge and cook their own healthy meals in the fully-equipped apartment. Serviced apartments also provide more space and storage, so you can for instance easily store your sports equipment in the apartment and wash your sports clothes in the washing machine”, Forenom CCO Jarkko Niemikorpi explains.

Home-like accommodation is the more comfortable and cost-efficient option to accommodate employees.  

“The pricing model for home-like accommodation is designed for the needs of business customers. For example at Forenom, the cost per night significantly decreases as the length of stay increases. After only a few weeks’ stay, our corporate customer will have saved a substantial amount of money compared to if they had accommodated the employee in a traditional hotel room”, Niemikorpi adds.

Costs are inevitably something to take into consideration when designing a travel policy for your organization. However, a well-designed travel program isn’t just about monetary savings. It’s increasingly about giving your employees freedom of choice and prioritizing their well-being.

 

Are your responsible for your organization’s travel policy or booking business trips? Forenom’s accommodation experts are available at the Matkamessut 2019 Travel Trade Professionals day Jan 17th, 2019. Should we arrange a meeting to chat, either at the fair or some other time?

Please enter your contact information below, and our accommodation expert will be in touch with you soon to discuss how we can be of assistance! Remember that you can also always book accommodation directly through our online store!

 

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I got a chance to test and experience Forenom’s new aparthotel in Tikkurila with my children, who are 3 and 5 years old. In Finland, Forenom has eight aparthotels and they also have them in Norway and Sweden. The aparthotels are always conveniently located and are great for both business and leisure travel.

Forenom Aparthotel Vantaa Tikkurila is located in Väritehtaankatu 8, which is right next to Tikkurila train station.

The aparthotel has space for the whole family

I feel that aparthotels are the easiest, most convenient, and often also the most affordable option when travelling with kids. Traditional hotels rarely even have rooms big enough for four people, and booking two separate rooms is not only expensive, but also inconvenient.

Separate bedrooms make the evenings easier, when the kids have gone to bed, but the parents still want to read a book, have an evening snack or simply chat. Also, the in-room-kitchen is a clear money-saver, especially in countries with high price levels, as you don’t need to eat out on every meal. And on vacation you sometimes want to enjoy a slow morning and not rush out bright and early to go and find something to eat for the hungry offspring. We usually eat a small breakfast at the apartment and then have a bigger lunch in a restaurant.

Booking a Forenom Aparthotel is easy through their website. When making the booking, you can also buy an early check-in or a late check-out. A cancellation and change insurance can also be bought if you fear your plans might change.  

In the aparthotel, there is no key but instead a key code that you enter the apartment with. You receive the code on the day of arrival via SMS and email, allowing you to check-in whenever you like. The key code is easy to share with the group, so everyone can come and go as they please without hassling with key pick-ups and drop-offs.

Experiences of Forenom Aparthotel Tikkurila

On the arrival day, I got an SMS with information about the key code, address, room number and WiFi password. We arrived in Tikkurila from Helsinki by train, which takes just about 15 minutes. The location is really convenient for also those arriving from or going to the airport, as the P-train takes you to the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport in just 9 minutes.

I was under the impression that the Forenom Aparthotel was situated somewhere near the Tikkurila station. I was pleasantly surprised that it was actually at the Tikkurila train station, allowing the guests to get to their rooms from inside the station with an elevator. So you never even have to go outside to get from your room to the stores, restaurants and services of the Dixi shopping center and the station. The selection of services is extensive, so there’s something for everyone. It was easy to go and grab a quick evening snack with the kids without the hassle of putting on their outerwear.

There were good guideposts to the Forenom Aparthotel at the Tikkurila station.

 

Using the code I had received, we took the elevator to the right floor and easily got to our room. Everything worked as smoothly as it was supposed to.

Our apartment (two-bedroom for 4) proved to be a truly spacious wonder. Not too many square meters but the room design was so smart. Everything was incredibly new, clean and neat, too. The kids quickly carried out a room inspection and gave their approval. They also crawled under the beds and reported no dust or dirt there either. I myself didn’t do such a precise inspection.

In the combined living room and kitchen, there’s everything you need in one compact package. In think the sofa, TV and dining table are situated in a very smart and space-saving manner.

 

The apartment had two small bedrooms, each of them with two beds.

 

The kids and I enjoyed a very nice and relaxing evening, we had an evening snack and showered. Then we just took it easy and the kids also got to watch cartoons on the tablet, which was provided in the room.

The night went well, as the beds were comfy and it was possible to darken the apartment properly. In the morning my only question was what the check-out time was again. I always struggle to remember whether the check-out is at 10, 11 or 12 AM.  Later Forenom informed me that they have actually renewed their booking confirmation messages, which now automatically include also the check-out time. Excellent!

The aparthotel’s lobby was very cozy and peaceful, so you can also hang out there if you’d like.

 

All in all, the Forenom Aparthotel was a positive experience. Next time we’re travelling in Sweden, Norway or Denmark, our number one choice will be a Forenom Aparthotel, a Forenom Hostel or a Forenom Serviced Apartment. What makes Forenom’s services so competitive, is easiness, good locations, home-like accommodation and affordable price.


In paid collaboration with Lapsennimi.com. All photos by Anna Holopainen.

The writer Anna Holopainen is a 34-year-old mother of two from Espoo, Finland.
Anna writes a travel blog, sharing best tips and tricks on travelling with children around the world and child-friendly travel destinations. Read her blog! 

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Forenom, the leading provider of serviced apartments in the Nordic countries, is opening a new accommodation unit in the Rovaniemi city center, offering 69 fully furnished and equipped apartments. The apartment destination with hotel services is the first of its kind in Rovaniemi.

The accommodation unit currently under construction in Toripuistikko, Rovaniemi will open to customers in the spring of 2019. The size of the apartments ranges from studios to two-bedroom apartments, offering flexible solutions also for longer stays. Home-like accommodation is guaranteed by an open kitchen, which serves as the center of the apartments designed in Scandinavian style.

“Our customers can enjoy a genuine Nordic lifestyle, as the apartments are real homes with kitchens and laundry facilities. At the same time, staying is as easy as in a hotel because cleaning is included in the price and the code lock system allows checking in to our apartments 24 hours a day without any time spent on checking in and out”, says Forenom’s Area Manager Jere Pihlajaniemi.

The images accompanying the article are illustrative. The apartments of the new accommodation unit follow the modern architecture in the images.

The apartment destination is designed to primarily serve businesses and seasonal workers travelling for work, but also leisure travelers coming to admire Nordic life and nature.

“A new type of accommodation unit providing high-quality Nordic apartments is a longed-for addition to the accommodation offering of Rovaniemi. The apartments now under construction also allow for temporary accommodation for a longer period during an assignment, for example”, says Tero Sirniö, an entrepreneur from Oulu representing the property owner, Silver Ventures Oy.

Forenom Serviced Apartments Rovaniemi:

  • Opens in the spring of 2019 at Valtakatu 35
  • Offers 69 fully furnished and equipped apartments from studios to two-bedrooms
  • In addition to electricity, water, furniture and facilities, the price of the accommodation includes services such as 24h customer service, Wi-Fi, bed linen and end-of-stay cleaning
  • The northern lights and midnight sun can be enjoyed from the balconies of the apartments

Forenom is the Nordic market leader in corporate housing in terms of net sales, currently operating in Sweden, Norway and Denmark and Finland with 25 local offices and over 450 employees. With over 6500 serviced apartments in the Nordic countries, Forenom hosts over 100.000 guests every year. Forenom’s goal is to continue growing rapidly and become the leading accommodation service provider in Northern Europe.

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Nordic region’s leading serviced apartment company Forenom continues its rapid expansion in Sweden with the opening of a new Aparthotel at Arlanda Airport.

The Aparthotel will consist of 120 rooms, inspired by Nordic design and living, and will be developed in collaboration with Swedish Airport Infrastructure AB (SAIAB). Forenom believes that the flexible extended stay option will provide an affordable accommodation solution for business travellers and businesses constructing and operating in the surrounding area.

‘’Forenom Aparthotel Arlanda will offer multiple accommodation options from high-quality two-bedroom apartments to design hostel rooms. We believe that the Nordic living experience, including e.g. a fully equipped kitchen in the room will interest both extended stay guests as well as business travellers”, says Mats-Erik Lidström, CEO of Forenom Sweden.

The Arlanda area is developing into an ‘’Airport City’’ with upcoming new office buildings, hotels and a potential new congress center. Swedavia estimates that the number of workers in the area will increase from today’s approx. 18 000 to 50 000 in the next 30 years. In addition, 30 percent of Stockholm-Arlanda Airport’s 21,1 million international and 5,5 million domestic passengers were traveling for business in 2017.

‘’Flexible combination of long- and short-term accommodation is totally new for the market. We believe that it supports the airports development as well as offers a professional accommodation solution for the entire north region of Stockholm’’, says SAIAB Asset Manager Jacob Jensen.

Forenom Aparthotel Arlanda

  • 120 room property: with 80 Nordic-themed, high-quality residences and a Nordic designed hostel wing with 40 rooms
  • Features the best parts of Northern living helping guests enjoy both long- and short stay
  • Offers extensive variation of different options from mini-rooms to two-bedroom apartments, sauna and roof terrace
  • Estimated opening beginning of 2020
  • Centrally located a few minutes walking distance from the terminal buildings

For more information, please contact:

Mats-Erik Lidström
CEO – Forenom Sweden
+46 (0)703 19 42 21
mats-erik.lidstrom@forenom.com

Jacob Jensen
Asset Manager – Swedish Airport Infrastructure AB
+46 (0)733 87 26 99
jacob.jensen@sainfrastructure.se

Elin Eriksson
Press contact, Forenom Marketing
+46 (0)739 85 87 42
elin.eriksson@forenom.com

Forenom is the Nordic market leader in corporate housing in terms of net sales, currently operating in Sweden, Norway and Denmark and Finland with 25 local offices and over 450 employees. With over 6500 serviced apartments in the Nordic countries, Forenom hosts over 100.000 guests every year. Forenom’s goal is to continue growing rapidly and become the leading accommodation service provider in Northern Europe.

Visit: www.forenom.com or the property owner SAIAB, www.saiab.nu