Stockholm-based chain Scandic Hotels has introduced a standard for allergy-friendly rooms.
The new standard includes the use of wooden floors; fragrance-free, hypoallergenic toiletries approved by the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association; strict cleaning procedures; and room placement not on the same floors where pets can stay.
The new standard will be part of Scandic’s 159-point accessibility standard. Scandic is the only hotel company that formulated an accessibility standard that currently covers 159 points, 105 of which are mandatory at all hotels. At newly built Scandic hotels, all 159 points apply.
Scandic launched its “accessibility standard” in 2005. Since then, this standard has attracted attention and is now used around the world. The standard has been broadened from 135 to 159 points to include a new category with strict guidelines to meet the needs of travelers with allergies.
Scandic is also scheduled to release an updated version of its online accessibility course. The online accessibility course was originally developed for Scandic’s 18,000 team members as a part of Scandic’s accessibility initiatives.