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A “five-leaf clover” of international summits: the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers celebrates 100 years as a venue in the heart of the Gothenburg’s event district

1 June / 2023

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 S...

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Annual and Sustainability Report for 2022

31 March / 2023

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.

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A journey through time – from the “Götheborg of Sweden” in Barcelona to today’s modern, sustainable host city

2 December / 2022

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...

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New strategy, same standard – Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers recertified to ISO 20121

21 November / 2022

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 ha...

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The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers inaugurate largest solar panel installation in Gothenburg city centre

20 October / 2022

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 global...

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Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Gothia Towers ramps up its Congress & Events business, recruiting three new Account Managers

2 March / 2022

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...

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Sweden’s largest trade fair facilities are now Covid-19 certified

25 August / 2021

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 o...

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Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers recognised as Sweden’s Best Managed Company

11 June / 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 direction, ability to execute, corporate culture and financial performance. The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers...

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Message about Covid-19 (the coronavirus)

6 March / 2020

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 recommendati...

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Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Group launches The Studio - a new visualisation concept

29 January / 2020

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...

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Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Group gets international ISO 20121 for fifth consecutive year

14 January / 2020

In December 2019, for the fifth consecutive year, the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Group became certified according to the international event sustainability management system ISO 20121. In 2015, the company—with the vision to become the most attractive meeting place in Europe—became the Nordic region’s first major venue to be certified under this standard, which includes environmental...

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Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre to be extended with a fourth tower - This is the winning design for +One

14 October / 2019

Press release 14th October The Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre / Gothia Towers is one of Europe’s largest integrated meeting venues. Now this global venue will become even bigger. This year an architectural competition was held to design a fourth tower with spectacular top floors, a new multi-storey entrance and a terrace. The winning design from Tham & Videgård Arkitekter creates an...

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Ola Wallin – new head chef at Upper House Dining

17 September / 2019

Sweden’s prestigious Chef of the Year competition concluded last Friday, and the silver medal went to Gothenburg’s own Ola Wallin, who will take over as the new head chef at Upper House Dining on 1 November. Together with his team of chefs, Ola will further develop the restaurant concept, focusing on zest and scope for creativity and sustainability. “It’s a fantastic feeling to be joining U...

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Gothia Towers and Chalmers University plan to monitor microplastics

3 April / 2019

Microplastics in the oceans pose a growing problem and originate from products we use daily, such as toothpaste and textiles. A research project at Chalmers University of Technology is studying emissions of microplastics with the aim of reducing the volume generated from textiles and detergents. Gothia Towers, which is part of the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Group, is supporting the p...

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Answers from a sommelier

25 March / 2019

Our sommelier Helena Wolff addresses four of the most commonly asked questions about wine.  What should you keep in mind when selecting a wine? Dare to ask the sommelier or server when you are at a restaurant. We understand that not everyone knows everything about wine! At home, we often choose a wine we are familiar with, but it may not work with every dish. In stores, talk to the staff a...

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“Companies need to examine themselves”

25 March / 2019

Digital technology and the internet are radically changing human behaviour. Many companies reckon they are prepared and that they are now digitalized. But lecturer Ashkan Fardost says they have all misunderstood. Not until the internet is placed in a historical and cultural context will it be possible to understand how digitalization will influence a given industry, profession and future....

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The conference that impacts Gothenburg

15 March / 2019

Associations World Congress, AWC, is the largest annual conference for employees and officers of professional, scientific and trade membership organisations in Europe. In 2019, AWC is coming to Sweden – and Gothenburg and the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre comprise a natural choice for the event. Every year, 400 decision-makers from international organisations gather at the Associ...

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2018 a record year for the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre

4 March / 2019

2018 marked a record year for the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers in several ways. With a turnover of EUR 136 million, profits of EUR 23 million before depreciation and more than two million visitors, the Group achieved an all-time high while also celebrating its 100th anniversary.  “We could not have wished for a better year to round off our first century, says...

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5 strengths of Gothenburg

19 February / 2019

An innovative business community, world-leading sustainability initiatives, top-rate meeting facilities and proximity to entertainment and restaurants. There are many reasons to choose Gothenburg. Discover a handful of them here.1. City of meetings: Competes with the best in the world An excellent meeting city should be able to offer a central location, excellent transit connections and profess...

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Gothenburg welcomes Associations World Congress & Expo 2019

28 November / 2018

Gothenburg is looking forward to receiving the delegates of the Associations World Congress & Expo in April 2019. The extensive programme was launched at IBTM World in Barcelona on Wednesday 28th November. In recent years, Gothenburg has taken up the fight with the European capitals on the title of most attractive meeting place. On 7 – 9 April 2019, Sweden’s second city welcomes the Ass...

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“Challenges make you stronger”

15 November / 2018

His titles have included UN Deputy Secretary-General, Sweden’s foreign minister and ambassador to the US. He also has extensive experience with conflict mediation all over the world, including the conflict between Iran and Iraq and the Darfur conflict in Sudan. If anyone has the key to a successful negotiation, it is Jan Eliasson. What have you learned from your years as a mediator and a n...

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Electric cars roll in to the fair

14 November / 2018

Did you know that the electric car was introduced as early as the 1890s? Interest was limited at the time, but today it is more popular than ever. Last year, the number of rechargeable cars increased by an impressive 62 percent. “People used to be very suspicious of electric cars, but that has been replaced with a great deal of curiosity,” says Gunnar Dackevall, exhibition manager for eCarE...

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The SECC raises the bar - architectural competition for fourth tower

7 November / 2018

The fourth tower at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre is moving closer to reality.  A conceptual design competition is being launched today to find the firm of architects that will help visualise Gothenburg’s new meetings hub. In June, the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Group received the go-ahead for their expansion plans, and they are now taking the next step. The pr...

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Music for a better world

14 September / 2018

Music can make the world a better place. That became utterly clear in Gothenburg during five days in June, when 1,800 children and young people came together to play and sing together at the international music camp, Side by Side by El Sistema. The day had arrived at last. All year long, they had been waiting to go to Gothenburg for the major music camp Side by Side by El Sistema. Violinist...

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Inside the new issue - Moments

13 September / 2018

In the new issue of Moments, Alcazar talks about their farewell show and that the audience shall expect one hundered percent joy, music, dance and glitter. We have met paper artist Jule Waibel who tells us about the "Unfolded Universe" and how she garnered international acclaim for her paper dresses.  Autumn is the high season for shellfish in Sweden andwe have met the chef who gave a glimp...

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Harmonious sustainability initiatives

13 September / 2018

Once the final note sounded at the Side by Side music camp’s major festival concert in Scandinavium, it was easy to understand what it means to have a camp for a better world. Supporting El Sistema is a part of the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre’s sustainability work, which in turn supports the Group’s vision to become Europe’s most attractive meeting place by offering the best to...

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The start-up, CarbonCloud, is being awarded a grant by the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre

7 June / 2018

The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre is awarding a grant to CarbonCloud for their innovation, CarbonAte, which enables restaurants to calculate the climate impact of their food. The grant is SEK 100,000 (approximately EUR 10,000), and a part of the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre’s 100 year anniversary celebration. The aim of the grant is to foster the meetings and hospitality...

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Upper House is buzzing….

25 April / 2018

The long winter has meant that thousands of newly hatched bees have recently begun to collect pollen and nectar. And on the roof of Upper House the honey making season is starting in earnest – a few weeks late. Since 2014 there has been a little herb garden with two beehives on the roof of Gothia Towers middle tower, looked after by beekeeper Pär Svensson. “Every hive has its queen whic...

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Thank you!

20 April / 2018

This year The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre celebrate 100-years’ in business, in the fairs- and meetings industry. Since 1918, when we hosted Sweden’s first trade fair in Gothenburg, the world has changed and still is. But there is still nothing that beats the power of meeting face-to-face. Last weekend was a living proof! Thank you all for joining us in Gothenburg and taking par...

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Selecting art is an art

20 March / 2018

It is hard to imagine a world without art. Art is moving, thought-provoking and inspiring. The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers has seized upon that notion, which is why art has a place here. Everywhere – from down in the lobby, through the rooms and up to Upper House – art is a natural part of the operation. For the permanent pieces around the building, the Swedi...

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The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre is well prepared for its next century

7 March / 2018

In 2017 the number of exhibition visitors to the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre rose on average by five percent over the previous assessment. The total number of visitors to the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Group, including Gothia Towers, was 1.8 million. Revenue raised for the tourism sector by the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre in 2017 totalled EUR 322m, based...

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Meet your new doctor

1 March / 2018

Digital doctor visits, connected exam rooms and smart hospital robots. Swedish medical care is becoming ever more digital and Sweden’s ambition is to be a global leader in e-health. The road there travels through Vitalis, one of the world’s biggest trade fairs in the field. Health and social services comprises one of the industries in Sweden that is currently experiencing the fastest proces...

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Check out the new issue of Moments

26 February / 2018

Read about tomorrow's digitized health care, our 100 jubilee and this spring's dinner show NOW with Danny Saucedo. Get inspired by Charles Renfro, one of the architechts behind New York's High Line, and enjoy fruit-filled recipies that will make your days run  more smoothly.  Get your issue at the meeting place or read our digital edition. Moments is the Swedish Exhibition & Congress...

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"We have a major influence on our surroundings"

23 February / 2018

By transforming disused railway infrastructure into a public park, the High Line rejuvenated entire neighbourhoods, changed the way many New Yorkers interact with the urban environment and quickly became one of New York’s most popular attractions. Charles Renfro of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the architectural firm behind the High Line, shares his thoughts on how architecture can promote social...

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100 years of the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre

22 January / 2018

The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre (SECC) is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The SECC in Gothenburg became the first exhibition centre in Scandinavia when it was opened by King Gustav V and Queen Viktoria on 8 July 1918. We will be celebrating our 100th anniversary with a series of activities this year. Among other events, the SECC will host a special anniversary weekend in...

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“Good leaders know they have a responsibility”

8 January / 2018

Simon Sinek is a leadership expert, motivational speaker, and author of the books Start With Why and Leaders Eat Last. He may be most famous for his TED talk, How great leaders inspire action, which is among the mostwatched talks ever on What makes for good leadership? “Good leaders understand that they have a responsibility for the people inside their organisations. Leadership...

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Making room for everyday heroes

6 January / 2018

For more than 20 years the breakfast café on Vasagatan has welcomed people who are on the outskirts of society, with warmth, hope and a sense of community. In this calm oasis in an otherwise chaotic world its guests find a listening ear, something to eat and a chance to change their clothes or take a shower. Five employees and 19 volunteers take turns to help out. For many years Gothia Towe...

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The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre strengthens its position as an international venue

27 April / 2017

Today the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre presents the third phase of its expansion plans up until 2030. The planned expansion includes larger entrances, flexible meeting and event facilities and increased hotel capacity. In this third phase, focus will be placed on building a larger main entrance with a terrace and a hotel and office complex beside Korsvägen, a central hub in the event...

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Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre speeds up plans to expand facilities

2 March / 2017

Due to a growing need for capacity and strong international demand, the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre is bringing forward plans to further expand its facilities with new, flexible meeting areas. An additional storey will be built on top of the existing hall area to create an extra 14,000 square metres of space. The new storey will include an auditorium. “We have enormous need for incre...

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A record year for the swedish exhibition & congress centre

22 February / 2016

In 2015, the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Group, of which Gothia Towers is a part, increased its total number of visits by 26% to almost 1.8 million visits, marking a new record. In addition, the Group had peak sales of 130 million EUR. The Group’s net sales was 28% higher than in 2014. The equity/assets ratio and cash flow also rose, while operating profit was 17 million EUR. Fact...

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Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers achieve ISO 20121 certification

16 December / 2015

The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers are the first large Scandinavian venue with congress, hotel and meeting facilities to be certified to ISO 20121:2012, Event Sustainability Management Systems. 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...

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Policy statement: All-in-one concept generates growth - plans and visions for the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre 2016-2030

2 December / 2015

During the 2000s, the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre has really increased its momentum. We have invested successfully within the trade fairs and meetings, hotel, restaurant and culture and entertainment segments. We are now aiming to build on that and invest even more. New welcoming entrances that allow for greater interaction with our surroundings is one objective. Another is to stren...

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Plans and visions for the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre 2016-2030

2 December / 2015

The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre sees good scope for growth over the coming years and plans to increases its capacity to create new experiences for Gothenburg residents and out-of-town visitors. The investment plan totals at least 320 million euros up to 2025 and comprises two new towers along with improved entrances. The venture is then planned to continue through until 2030. A reque...

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Gothia Towers the largest hotel in Europe to be certified according to BREEAM, the world’s most widely used environmental certification

22 October / 2015

Gothia Towers is the largest hotel in Europe to be certified according to BREEAM’s level Very Good. “The BREEAM certification is part of the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre’s vision to become Europe’s most attractive venue by offering the best overall experience. By choosing us we guarantee our visitors and customers that their stay, event, congress or conference meet their own sustain...

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