Stockholm reveals meetings highlights

Sweden's capital has plenty to offer event planners

Stockholm reveals meetings highlights
Stockholm reveals meetings highlights

Getting there: SAS flies to Arlanda Airport, 20 minutes from the city centre, from both Heathrow and Manchester, while BA flies from Heathrow and BMI from Manchester. Low-cost carriers such as Ryanair fly into Vasteras and Skavsta airports from Stansted.

Hotels: Large groups should check out Stockholm's biggest hotel, the Clarion Hotel Sign, in the city centre. As well as 558 rooms, the property offers a 600m2 banquet hall with capacity for up to 700 delegates, as well as eight smaller meeting rooms for 16 to 200. Other attractions include a rooftop spa and the Aquivit Grill & Raw Bar. A more boutique option is the Hotel Stureplan, which added an additional 43 rooms - taking its tally to 101- and a boardroom in February. Built in the 19th century, most of the rooms have high ceilings, stucco features and chandeliers. Delegates can chill out in the Bollinger Champagne Bar before dining in Per Lei.

Venues: The central Stockholm City Conference Centre offers 50 meeting rooms, which can host from ten to 1,400 delegates. The Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre will offer conference capacity for 3,000, and a 420-room hotel when it opens in 2010.

Restaurants: Fine dining options include Lux Stockholm, set in the former Electrolux factory on Lilla Essingen island. The restaurant has 80 covers and offers an inventive menu combining contemporary Swedish and European gastronomy using fresh local produce. Le Rouge in the old town, with 130 covers, and sister restaurant Kungsholmen (restaurant by the water) with 200 seats, are both good group options.

Incentives: No matter what the time of year, every incentive should incorporate a trip on the water to take in the archipelago. Options include sailing boats and exhilarating RIB rides, and groups can stop on one of the islands for a coffee and cinnamon bun in the winter, or a barbecue lunch in summer.

SWEDEN DIRECTORY
Visit Sweden

Contact: Chris Jolly, 020 7870 5609
Email: christopher.jolly@visitsweden.com
Web: www.visit sweden.com

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