Press release 1 June 2023

In 1923, the Great Machine Hall was inaugurated for the Export Exhibition during the Gothenburg Tercentennial Jubilee Exposition on the site of what is today the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers. The centenary of that event will now be marked by prestigious international conventions in June, all dealing with major contemporary issues.

The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers will be transformed into a huge international knowledge hub for the month. The 6G network, the dams of the future, advances in research into urogenital cancer, blood transfusion and organic and medicinal chemistry will be among the topics discussed at the meeting place.

“Never before has our calendar been so packed with international meetings in June. We are proud to welcome these five prestigious international congresses to our venue,” said Malin Erlandsson, Director Congress & Events at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers.

The events reflect the breadth of current issues that are frequently discussed at the meeting place. They include the EU-sponsored EuCNC & 6G Summit, focusing on the 6G network for a green and digital transition, and the annual meeting of ICOLD, which brings together almost thousands of international delegates to discuss the current state and future of the world’s dams.

Every year, two million people visit the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers, a key part of the Gothenburg’s tourist economy. More than 30 trade fairs are organised annually and nearly 8,000 exhibitors participate in the events. Hundreds of major national and international congresses and events are held every year, and everyone from prominent scientists, royalty, Nobel Prize winners and politicians have taken part in various events hosted at the meeting place over the years. With 1,200 hotel rooms, 40,000 square metres of multi-purpose meeting space and five restaurants, there are opportunities for fantastic holistic experiences right in the heart of the city, with all of Gothenburg’s attractions close by.

The following international congresses taking place in June:

6-9 June 
EuCNC & 6G Summit, European Conference on Networks and Communications,

https://www.eucnc.eu/

11-15 June
ICOLD, International Commission on Large Dams Annual Meeting
https://icold-cigb2023.se/home/welcome-from-the-president-of-icold/

17-21 June
ISBT, 33rd Regional ISBT Congress by The International Society of Blood Transfusion, https://www.isbtweb.org/events/isbt-gothenburg-2023.html

27-30 June
23rd Tetrahedron Symposium,
https://www.elsevier.com/events/conferences/tetrahedron-symposium

30 June – 2 July
UROonco, A meeting steered by the EAU Section on Oncological Urology,
https://meeting.uroonco.uroweb.org/

 

For more information, please contact:
Malin Erlandsson, Director Congress & Events at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers [email protected]

 

The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Foundation has published its annual and sustainability report for 2022.

You can find the annual report on our publications website (English summary at the end). On our sustainability pages your’re welcome to read our full sustainability report.

Swedish tapas – with a taste of 18th century spices and a whiff of good old ship’s tar. During the IBTM world fair in Barcelona, the Gothenburg Convention Bureau and the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre presented their city, past and present. All on board the world’s largest ocean-going wooden sailing ship, the Götheborg of Sweden.

The port city of Gothenburg on the west coast of Sweden is today a host city offering a wide range of opportunities for organisers of international congresses and meetings, with sustainability and digitalisation as two of its unique selling points.

– Gothenburg is at the top of sustainable destinations according to the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDSI). Over the years, the city has transformed into a hotspot for knowledge and innovation. And, of course, for meetings and events with world-class venues located right in the city centre, says Annika Hallman, Director of the Gothenburg Convention Bureau.

Next year, Gothenburg celebrates its foundation 400 years ago and a breath-taking history. Thirty visitors to IBTM World 2022 in Barcelona were invited to an exclusive historical journey from past to present on board the Götheborg of Sweden. The ship is a replica of the Swedish East India Company sailing vessel that sank off the Gothenburg harbour entrance on its return from China in 1745 and is currently berthed in Barcelona.

Malin Erlandsson, Director of Congress & Events, went on to talk about the story of The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre, one of Europe’s largest integrated meeting venues with a unique city-centre location in Gothenburg. The story of collaboration, offering a meeting place to show innovations and goods to international visitors that started over 100 years ago, in 1918.

Today the venue offers 60 conference rooms and meeting rooms for any number of participants from a handful to tens of thousands, 41,000 m2 of exhibition space, 1,200 first-class hotel rooms and suites and five popular bars and restaurants. The story of collaboration, offering a meeting place to show innovations and goods to international visitors that started over 100 years in 1918.

– The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers is located in the heart of the events area in Gothenburg, where a major expansion is now taking place. Internationally, the events area is extremely popular, with our unique facility offering sustainable meetings, all under one roof, as well as entertainment and business within a radius of just a few hundred metres, says Malin Erlandsson, Director of Congress & Events, The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers.

The historical journey “Gothenburg from Past to Present” aboard the Götheborg of Sweden ended with visitors being served specially made Swedish tapas, flavoured with spices used in the 18th century when the original ship, the Götheborg, sailed the high seas. The much-appreciated and historically-based menu was composed by Fredrik Andersson, Culinary Executive Chef at The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers.

For more information, please contact:

Malin Erlandsson, Director of Congress & Events, The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre [email protected]
Mobile: +46,733 81 81 53

Annika Hallman, Director of the Gothenburg Convention Bureau
[email protected]
Mobile: +46,702 81 81 02

About The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers
The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers together form one of Europe’s largest fully integrated city-centre meeting venues. Every year, more than two million visitors from around the world choose to meet, dine and stay, developing business, products or ideas here. The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers offers everything from hotels, shops, theatre, spa and restaurants to exhibition halls and various types of meeting venues. All part of the same complex and with city life right on your doorstep.
Read more at https://en.svenskamassan.se/explore-us/meetings/congress/#about-congress

About the Götheborg of Sweden
The Götheborg of Sweden is the world’s largest active, ocean-going, wooden sailing ship and a unique replica of an 18th century Swedish East India Company ship that sank outside of Gothenburg in 1745. Today, the ship is used as a platform to promote trade. Starting 8 June 2022, the Götheborg has been on a great expedition to Asia, lasting for two years. The end destination is Shanghai in September 2023.
Read more at https://www.gotheborg.se/

Gothenburg Convention Bureau
Read more at https://goteborgco.se/en/meeting/

The official visitor’s guide to Gothenburg
https://www.goteborg.com/en

For the seventh consecutive year, the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers in Gothenburg has been certified to ISO 20121 for sustainable events.

In 2015, the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers was the first large venue in Scandinavia with congress, hotel and meeting facilities to be certified according to the standard.

During 2022, the company has implemented a new sustainability strategy, and current certification covers a new set of objectives based on the four focus areas of Sustainable Meetings, Sustainable Choices, Circular Resources and Relationships & Health.

“Having an international, highly ranked sustainability certification proves our continuous ambitions and is also in line with our sustainability strategy and its long-term goals, in order to meet the UN Agenda for 2030”, says Carina Dietmann, VP Communications at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers.

The certification includes the entire meeting place with hotel, spa, food and beverage, exhibitions, meetings and events.

ISO 20121 was first used at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. It is an internationally highly regarded standard for ensuring a consistently high level of event sustainability management and includes environmental, social and economic aspects.

ISO 20121 certification ensures that companies and organisations manage, control and improve conference and event implementation sustainably. This may, for example, concern minimising waste, increasing accessibility, and reducing impact in the long term by safeguarding our resources.

On 19th October, the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers inaugurated its roof top solar panel installation, as the first integrated exhibition and hotel venue to take such an initiative. The solar panel installation is part of the venue’s business strategy to create long-term value by championing initiatives that contribute to sustainable development, both locally and globally.

‘Investing in sustainable solutions has been a long-term business strategy since 2015, and is also a way to future-proof a profitable business by continuing to be an attractive venue for our customers,’ says Carin Kindbom, President and CEO, Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers.

Circular resources is a priority focus area in sustainability for the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers, and the solar panel installation is one of the venue’s initiatives to meet the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development by 2030. The venue has run on fossil-free electricity from wind power since 2011, and the solar panel installation will accelerate the process of supplying the venue with renewable energy.

‘Through a circular approach, we reset our business and create efficient ecocycles that further reduce our environmental impact, decrease our emissions and ensure smart use of our resources,’ comments Joachim Hult, Real Estate Director, Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers.

The new solar panel installation is the largest of its kind in central Gothenburg and saves approximately 57 tonnes of CO2 per year, equivalent to about 385 return flights between Stockholm and Gothenburg*. In the longer term, the circular resource flow will be able to form part of a larger ecosystem that others can also benefit from.

‘Our city centre location, size and capacity give us the right conditions to contribute to sustainable development in a larger context in the local area, for instance by providing charging infrastructure in collaborative projects like Gothenburg Green City Zone,’ says Henrik Martinsson, Technical Manager, Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers.

The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers has been a venue for business, collaboration and innovation for over a century, as a private independent foundation. In a normal year, the business generates roughly SEK 3.2 billion in tourism revenue for the city of Gothenburg.

Facts about the solar panel installation:

Solar generator output 198.22 kW peak
Generator area for solar panels 964.4 m²
Number of solar modules 486
Number of inverters 2

*Climatehero.me

 

Press release 23 February, 2022

The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Gothia Towers is making a major investment in its Congress & Events operation, through the recruitment of three respected individuals in the events industry: Elisabeth Bernstein, Jonas Ogvall and Linnea Bremborg. They will strengthen the company’s offering to customers in 2022 and beyond as a combination that will deliver highly professional and outstanding experiences.  

The Congress & Events business unit at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Gothia Towers organises large meetings, congresses, external fairs and events that include anything from 300 to 10,000 participants. The team behind Congress & Events is experienced and ranks among the top meeting experts in the industry. And now the team is being enlarged by three new Account Managers, each with different focus areas, to enhance the customer experience.   

“The needs and expectations around physical meetings have changed and the demands for unique and value-adding meeting experiences are greater than ever. These three people will complement each other and meet the different needs of our market segments with their skills and solid experience,” says Malin Erlandsson, Director Congress & Events.   

Among the top recruits is Elisabeth Bernstein, former Key Account Manager and Events Manager at American Express Meeting & Events and Carlsberg Sweden, among other appointments:  

“I am passionate about working with the kind of creative meetings and events that are possible here and want to add value as an advisor to the event agencies and their clients. Together with Jonas and Linnea, we will be a strong outward-facing team, catering to a broad spectrum of different customer needs,” Elisabeth says.

Linnea Bremborg comes from the Gothenburg Athletics Association, where she worked in sales and project management linked to the Göteborgsvarvet half marathon and MCI Scandinavia as project manager for congresses in the scientific field:  

“My focus will be on congresses and association meetings. I look forward to continuing to develop the offering and value for this important group of customers,” Linnea says.

Jonas Ogvall gained extensive experience in events, fairs and meetings in his previous roles including Volvo Event Management and at Göteborg & Co as well as marketing manager for payment solutions at Collector Bank. He also specialises in the interpersonal and communicative aspects of meetings. He says:  

“I am very much looking forward to contributing to the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Gothia Towers and consolidating and developing its position as one of Europe’s most attractive meeting places.” 

A unique range of large physical fairs and events as well as hybrid meetings and smaller conferences are all gathered under one roof here in Gothenburg. The Congress & Events team sells and packages value-added meeting experiences, working with and through partners in business, research, academia, trade associations and politics at regional, national and international level.  

Press release, 25th August, 2021

 

As part of preparations for re-opening their trade fair operations, Sweden’s largest trade fair organisers –  the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers, Stockholmsmässan, Elmia and Easyfairs – underwent a certification process this summer to safeguard the quality of their infection control routines for Covid-19. This work is part of a collaborative project called Vi Ses Säkert, which the facilities initiated at the start of the pandemic. Nolia has also been certified to the same standard.

The international certification process developed by the Safe Asset Group ensures that the facilities’ preparations and routines for managing Covid-19 have been approved as “Covid-19 Compliant”. The assessment aspects include everything from management systems, risk analyses, signage and access to hand-sanitising stations, to training and safety routines.

“Covid-19 certification is an international seal of quality that has been developed to certify many trade fair facilities and shopping centres around Europe. The trade fair facilities that have now received certification have been quality audited based on a comprehensive system of routines and measures that show how to run trade fairs in a way that minimises the risk of infection,” says Erik Engstrand, CEO of Safe Asset Group.

In 2021 the Safe Asset Group also certified the Messukessus trade fair facility in Finland and RX France, one of the world’s largest trade fair organisers, which arranges events in France, China, India, Italy, Mexico, Russia and the USA.

Read more about how the largest Swedish trade fair facilities are working to safeguard infection-free trade fair operations at visessakert.se (in Swedish)

Facts: “Covid-19 Compliant”
Certification covers the following assessment aspects:

Management System – Organisation, roles, responsibilities, policy, guidelines for safety and legal re-quirements, self-assessment and compliance.

Risk Assessment – Risk analysis of events and measures to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection, so-cial distancing, cleaning and specific risk areas.

Exhibitor Safety – Routines for exhibitors regarding hygiene, social distancing, guidelines and compli-ance.

Supplier Safety – Routines for suppliers regarding hygiene, social distancing, guidelines and compli-ance.

Cleaning and Hygiene – Risk areas linked to cleaning, cleaning schedules and routines, training of staff and information, protective equipment, cleaning routines for restaurants, visitor areas, toilets and compliance with these rules.

Visitor Safety – Routines and plans for visitors regarding registration, information before, during and after a visit, signage, social distancing, information, hand sanitising, routines for entrances, visitor guides, communication and general security measures during visits. Read more about the Safe Asset Group’s certification at safeassetgroup.com

Group management 2020

The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers has been named “Sweden’s Best Managed Company 2020”, an award conferred by Deloitte in partnership with Nasdaq. The award is bestowed on private companies based on criteria that assess strategic directionability to execute, corporate culture and financial performance. The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers is the first hospitality company to win the award.  

“We’re delighted about this fantastic award which provides important acknowledgement of our corporate management,” says Carin Kindbom, President and CEO, Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers. “We believe well-organised processes and a strong corporate culture have been key success factors in our development.”

The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers is one of Europe’s largest integrated meeting venues and organises and operates trade fairs, meetings, hotels, restaurants, a spa and a show arena. In the past ten years, the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers has doubled both its sales and its number of unique visitors.

“We’re proud that our business also boosts tourism revenue in the Gothenburg region, which totalled 3.3 billion SEK last year,” says Carin.

Best Managed Companies is a quality award to recognize the overall success of private Swedish companies based on strategic direction, ability to execute, corporate culture and financial performance. The award, which is conferred annually, is based on the company’s development over the past few years.

Best Managed Companies was established in Canada in 1993 and has since then been introduced in more than 20 countries around the world. Sweden’s Best Managed Companies was launched during 2018 by Deloitte in cooperation with Nasdaq. This is the second year of the award. An independent jury has selected the 18 companies which received this year’s award.

“Future growth is built upon robust internal processes. These companies have a clear vision and a forward-leaning approach. Such ways of working are of course even more important in turbulent times”, says Therese Kjellberg, partner at Deloitte and responsible for Best Managed Companies in Sweden.

Links to high resolution images:

Group management 2020  Carin Kindbom

Captions:
President and CEO Carin Kindbom, in the middle, together with the Group Management of The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Group.
Carin Kindbom, President and CEO, The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Group.

Photographers:
Anders Nicander
Sara Appelgren

For more information, please contact: 
Veronica Nyblom
PR & Communication Manager, The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Group
[email protected]
+ 46 (0) 701 69 71 42

06-03-2020

For the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Group and Gothia Towers, the safety and health of our visitors and employees remain top priority. We continue to closely monitor the development and the recommendations from the relevant Swedish authorities which currently assess the risk of general transmission in Sweden as moderate. We are prepared for any changes in recommendations and have good routines in place. Currently, among other things, the following extended routines have been adopted:

  • At our meeting place, there are signs and instructions on general preventive measures to prevent the spread of infection
  • We perform more frequent cleaning of public spaces
  • Disinfectants and soaps are available in all restrooms
  • Service areas with disinfectants are located at entrances
  • We also have medically trained staff available

If you have recently visited any of the risk areas listed on the links to the authorites below and show any signs of illness, contact a hospital for further guidance.

At our meeting place, visitors are encouraged through signs and instructions to take extra care regarding measures in order to prevent infections spreading.

Meetings and events that take place at our venue will go ahead as planned based on current recommendations.

Read more about Covid-19 at Swedish authorities:

Public Health Agency of Sweden

Embassy of Sweden

10-03-2020 Read the latest information from the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers on this link.

Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Group. Image Adapt.
Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Group. Image Adapt.

Press release 29th January 2020

Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Group is developing a new concept for the digital visualisation and presentation of tailored solutions based on customers’ specific needs. The specially designed visualisation room, known as The Studio, will go live in April 2020.

“We haven’t seen any similar concept elsewhere in Europe. This is an important part of our investment in digitalisation to create an even better customer and visitor experience,” says Benny Karlsson, VP Sales & Marketing, Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Group.

The Studio, which boasts, among other things, a 22 square metre high-resolution LED screen, will be used during meetings with customers and visitors, and as a recording studio. It can also be booked by companies and organisations who want to arrange meetings and hold presentations in a high-tech, adaptable environment.

“We have a large venue, which allows us an enormous scope for creating things. This new concept gives us fantastic opportunities to effectively present and demonstrate how we can adapt our venue to customers’ specific needs and requirements,” comments Peter Berggren, Director, After Sales, Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Group.

The concept was developed in collaboration with Adapt, a company that produces and delivers sound, light and image experiences. The project builds on a partnership that started three years ago when the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Group and Adapt began working together to offer customers technical and complete solutions for large meetings and events.

“It is generally a challenge for customers to visualise in advance what their project will look like. Besides providing inspiration, The Studio will give people a greater feeling of security before implementing their projects, by showing them in advance what it will look like,” explains Viking Grandin, Senior Project Manager, Adapt.

For more information, please contact:

Peter Berggren, Director, After Sales, Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Group
[email protected]
Phone: +46 (0)31 31 708 82 01
svenskamassan.se

Viking Grandin, Senior Project Manager, Adapt
[email protected]
Phone: +46 (0)709 43 12 01
www.adapt.se

The Studio at Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Group. Image Adapt.
The Studio at Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Group. Image Adapt.