Over the next few years there are plans to open several new hotels in and around Gothenburg, creating over 3,000 new hotel rooms. Those hotel rooms will be needed, as almost all the hotels in Gothenburg were fully booked this summer.
The opening dates for the new hotels vary. HKC Åby will be the first, with 220 rooms planned for completion in 2019. This will also house a new exhibition centre with an area of around 15,000 square metres. It will be followed by a number of new hotels that are due to open in 2020 and 2021. In addition to the new hotel rooms, several of the hotels will also provide meeting and exhibition facilities.
In summer 2017 the existing hotels in Gothenburg had a occupancy rate of just over 80 per cent, which means that they were effectively fully booked. For Sweden as a whole the hotel occupancy rate during the same period was 67 per cent.
Due to open in 2020, the Folkets Hus/Draken hotel will have 400 rooms, the Scandic Gullbergsvass 360 rooms, and the Scandic Landvetter airport hotel 200 rooms.
In 2021 Liseberg amusementpark will open a new hotel near the south entrance providing 450 rooms, while the Nordic Choice Mölndal will create 370 rooms and the Clarion Karlatornet 300 rooms. The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and Gothia Towers are also planning to build two new hotels with 500 rooms and 300 rooms respectively, but the completion date has not yet been set.
Right now, in autumn 2017, around 900 square metres of new conference and event space is being completed at the Elite Park Avenue Hotel. The hotel is expanding towards the Lorensbergsteatern theatre. The existing conference space is also being renovated, new hotel rooms are being built and existing rooms are being refurbished.
Image: Elite Park Avenue Hotel