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Gothenburg Expanding as Meetings Venue

Gothenburg has seen an increase in bed nights for the 20th consecutive year. Now the city is moving forward with exciting new venues set to substantially increase its hotel and meeting capacity. Gothenburg is also taking part in a Scandinavian project to create the world’s first sustainable meetings region. And the city was recently crowned the Food Capital of Sweden 2012 by Sweden’s Minister for Agriculture.

Clarion Hotel Post is located in one of Gothenburg’s most significant buildings – the old main post office. This charismatic building, protected as a building of historic interest, has been carefully restored. With 500 hotel rooms and meeting facilities for up to 1,000 delegates, it has been transformed into a world-class hotel. Since opening on 26 January, it has had a fantastic start, exceeding all expectations.

Hotel Gothia Towers has launched its expansion programme. This summer sees the opening of its new West Coast restaurant, a modern bistro with a focus on seafood and locally sourced organic produce. With meat and fish stations, a lobster tank and an oyster staircase, the restaurant will be open to hotel guests and local residents. The chefs will grow vegetables and herbs in a greenhouse outside the restaurant. On completion in 2015, Gothenburg will have the largest fully integrated hotel (1,200 rooms), exhibition and conference facility in Europe.

Radisson Blu Riverside Hotel is scheduled to open in April 2013, located on the Göta River adjacent to Lindholmen Conference Centre, which seats 600 delegates, and Lindholmen Science Park, an international research, innovation and education centre. With a unique location and fantastic harbour view, the hotel will have 265 rooms, a restaurant, bar, lounge, meeting facilities and a rooftop terrace with spa and jacuzzi.

In mid-March Gothenburg signed an Accord, together with 15 destinations in the five Scandinavian countries, to create the world’s first sustainable meetings region. A benchmarking system has been developed using 18 performance indicators to assess the sustainability of infrastructure and practices in these destinations. This project is unique in its scale and the process began in Gothenburg two years ago.

Consolidating its reputation as the culinary hotbed of Northern Europe, Gothenburg has been crowned the Food Capital of Sweden 2012. The city was awarded this prestigious title in recognition of the wealth and quality of its natural produce, particularly the fresh local seafood. The judges were impressed by Gothenburg’s partnerships in West Sweden – connecting town and country, small-scale and industrial food production – citing that this helps make the city a very attractive destination for Swedish and international visitors.

Photo: Älvsborgsbron bridge in Gothenburg/Dick Gillberg/Goteborg.com