Mews Enters Agreement to Acquire Property Management System Cenium to Rapidly Strengthen Position in Northern Europe
By acquiring Cenium, the Mews Hospitality Cloud aims to implement Mews’ technology across the full Nordic Choice Hotels portfolio of 200+ full-service hotels
Mews, a leading cloud-based property management system (PMS), has announced the intention to acquire Cenium, a hospitality technology company owned by Nordic Choice Hotels. The acquisition will reinforce Mews’ growth across Northern Europe, with the Mews Hospitality Cloud now being rolled out across the entire Nordic Choice Hotels portfolio of 200+ properties. Current Cenium customers can also migrate to Mews.
“We're delighted to welcome Cenium to the ever-growing Mews family,” said Richard Valtr, founder of Mews. “The company is established throughout the Scandinavian and Baltic regions and we’re excited to bring their expertise and product into the Mews portfolio. Our ambition to become the leading property management system in the world has been further bolstered by this acquisition, and the opportunity to partner within Nordic Choice Hotels was too good to miss.”
The acquisition includes the Cenium products (Cenium 6, Cenium Core and Cenium Commerce) as well as the Cenium team who have deep-rooted expertise in hospitality, and more specifically the Nordic region. This knowledge will demonstrably impact the growth of Mews in the region as the company continues to make the Mews Hospitality Cloud one of the fastest-growing hospitality technology companies. Additionally, Cenium capabilities will be merged with the existing Mews product portfolio to create one of the most powerful property management systems on the market catering to the Enterprise segment.
“Mews has a vision for the future of hospitality like no other in our industry,” said Michael Ramm Østgaard, CEO of Cenium. “The opportunity for us to bring our expertise and products into the Mews ecosystem is an exciting moment for us. For our existing customers, we’re incredibly positive about what they will now be able to achieve with the Mews Hospitality Cloud.”
As part of the acquisition, Nordic Choice Hotels aims to implement Mews’ technology across the full Nordic Choice Hotels portfolio of 200+ estates. This will help to modernise and transform the experience for more than 15,000 Nordic Choice staff and millions of their guests. The partnership will enable Nordic Choice to leverage the Mews Hospitality Cloud in their Comfort Hotels®, Quality Hotel™, Clarion Hotel®, and Clarion Collection® Hotel, plus any of the 40 stand-alone hotels in their portfolio across Scandinavia and the Baltics.
“The partnership with Mews is part of a significant digitalization initiative at Nordic Choice aimed at giving all our hotel staff a better workday, and ultimately our guests a better, more seamless, experience staying with us, said Eirik Bogsnes, the Executive Vice President of Hotel Services at Nordic Choice Hotel Group. “Mews was selected for their award-winning platform, secure and scalable cloud infrastructure, fast deployment capabilities, and open ecosystem. We’re very confident this will give us the agility we need to support the ambition of the group, now and in the years to come.”
The Nordic Choice Group has selected the full range of features in the Mews Hospitality Cloud including Mews Operations, Mews Guest Journey, Mews Payments, and Mews Open API.
Cenium is headquartered in Oslo, Norway and the acquisition is expected to close by March 2022. Matthijs Welle, CEO of Mews, remarked, “The team at Cenium shares our passion for excellence in hospitality technology. Not only will they bring strong product expertise into our organization, but they also have a deep understanding of the hospitality industry, including Nordic Choice. We will undoubtedly benefit from having their team join Mews, and we look forward to our collaboration.”
This is the fourth PMS that Mews has acquired in the last 2 years, with Hotel Perfect, Base7Booking, and Planet Winner already successfully joining the Mews Hospitality Cloud.
Cenium AS delivers complete and flexible software to great hospitality groups in Northern Europe and North America, including Nordic Choice hotels. Having been in the industry for over 20 years, the range of solutions covers Property Management Systems (PMS), Sales & Catering, Hospitality POS, Housekeeping, Activities, Ticketing and Rentals, covering all revenue streams at a complex property. With extensive APIs built on a modern platform, the hotel can drive a seamless guest journey with effective front desk operations. Cenium is headquartered in Oslo, Norway with a subsidiary in Chicago, USA and a partner in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
ABOUT NORDIC CHOICE HOTELS
Nordic Choice Hotels is one of the largest hotel companies in Scandinavia with over 15,000 employees and 200 hotels in Scandinavia, Finland, and the Baltics. The company is owned by Petter Stordalen through his company Strawberry Hospitality Group AS. The Nordic Choice Hotels family includes four chains: Comfort Hotels, Quality Hotel, Clarion Hotel, and Clarion Collection Hotel. The company also has more than 40 stand-alone hotels. Nordic Choice Hotels is the winner of the award “Best Hotel Chain” in the Nordic countries and “Best Hotel Chain” in both Sweden and Norway.