100 years of the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre

100 years of the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre

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The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre 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 Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre will host a special anniversary weekend in April and award a grant to support the Swedish tourism industry.

The 100th anniversary will be celebrated with a string of activities during the year, including an anniversary weekend in April. A grant will also be awarded to an individual or company that plans to develop an idea that supports the Swedish tourism industry.

When the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre was founded it served as a meeting place that brought together craftspeople, industry and trade. It enabled manufacturers and merchants to meet, hear the latest trade news and do business. Later on, foreign companies were also invited in to promote trade beyond Sweden’s borders.

The first trade fair drew 530 exhibitors and over 42,000 visitors. Today, the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers attract almost two million visitors each year and have a turnover in excess of SEK 1.2 billion, which in turn generates a further SEK 3 billion in tourism revenue.

Gothia Towers is part of the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and with its 1,200 rooms it is one of the ten largest hotels in Europe. There are also 40,000 square metres of exhibition space, congress halls, meeting facilities, a wide choice of restaurants, a spa, art gallery and a dedicated show arena. The meeting venue also includes the five-star Upper House, chosen as the best hotel in Sweden by TripAdvisor in 2017.

The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre is a foundation, which means that it does not have individual owners or investors, but is financially independent.