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Carin Kindbom (photo: Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre)

Gothia Towers group hails record year

Carin Kindbom, president and chief executive of the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers, lists past and future news.

It was a record year for the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers in several ways, the group’s president and chief executive Carin Kindbom says.

With turnover of €136 million, profits of €23 million before depreciation and more than two million visitors, it 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,” Kindbom enthused.

“We drew over two million visitors, making this a record year for visitor flow. Over the year we hosted 25 exhibitions in our own right and many large and small meetings that have brought life to our entire venue, so this has been a year to remember for us. We also received a lot of awards, which is naturally pleasing and encourages us in our future plans.”

Best spa and hotel
The accolades she was speaking of include western Sweden’s most attractive employer and the “healthiest company” in Västra Götaland.

The group’s Upper House Spa on floors 18 to 20 in the central tower was voted the best spa in Sweden, while the Upper House hotel on the top floors was ranked as the country’s best hotel on TripAdvisor for the fourth year in a row.

New premises
Cash flow of €14 million mean that the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre was able to reinvest €11 million in its facilities over the year, including new premises, a new restaurant concept, new entrance and measures to increase digitalization.

Reconstruction of the congress hall entrance has begun. This will be larger than the current main entrance – which will in turn be upgraded during the construction of a fourth tower with the project title +One, scheduled for completion in 2025.

The record year is also reflected in tourism revenue, Kindbom added, specifically the amount of money visitors to the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers spend in Gothenburg during their stay, on the city’s shopping, restaurants, travel, hotels and attractions. This rose to €312 million in 2018.

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