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Respect for Environment Pays Off

The Prague Congress Centre was perceived by the public as a giant who devours an endless amount of energy. But it is not true. Sustainable development and energy saving are clear priorities of the current centre.

The evidence of it is the extensive reconstruction of the technical background that took place last year and was successfully completed in the spring of this year. “It is clear today that the planned savings of CZK 21.9 million, which is about 30% of the total energy costs in 2013, has been exceeded and the investment of CZK 126 million will return earlier than it was guaranteed. ENESA from CEZ ESCO, which carried out the whole reconstruction of the PCC, has modernized the heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting of the building using the EPC method, i.e. energy services with a guaranteed result, “says Luděk Bednář, Technical Department Director.

What does it mean in practice?

ENESA has proposed a set of energy-saving measures and introduced energy management to ensure a comfortable living environment in all halls, offices and corridors with the lowest energy consumption and a maximum utilization of waste energy. Technicians in a technical centre monitor all the processes on huge monitors and check that everything functions as it should. The intelligent control system responds to all changes and regulates the performance of engines, cooling machines and heat sources exactly according to the weather, the geographical orientation of individual spaces, the occupancy of rooms and halls and the concentration of CO2 in the air. The individual rooms are heated or cooled according to the current accurately planned situation, and from recorded online measurement it is possible to find out when a congress or a performance starts in the hall because the temperature of

the air increases significantly with incoming visitors and the demand for room heating is reduced. The system simply measures and evaluates everything and, depending on the number of people in the room, exchanges more or less air. Depending on the outside temperature it switches on or off the heating or cooling and, of course, can prepare the space according to the schedule so that the optimal temperature is reached at the exact hour of the event. The energy is exploited to the highest level because the system does not only count with the produced heat, but it also uses waste heat / cold, e.g. for preheating the air in the winter months or pre-cooling it in the extreme summer days. What is also interesting is the air conditioning system, which works by drawing the fresh outdoor air through central preheating, where it is treated to a temperature of about 11 ° C to 18 ° C (according to the season) and then it is systematically distributed throughout the building. Additionally, before the air gets into the preparation, it is filtered and cleaned from dust, pollen and other allergens. In individual rooms, used air (so-called waste air) is converted to 100% fresh and clean air using heat exchangers as soon as it reaches the CO2 concentration limit. The waste air passes part of its heat on the fresh air in the heat exchanger and preheats it. The waste heat recovery system reduces heat and cold consumption considerably. The electricity that the PCC partly produces for its needs is also being saved in the lighting of the premises. All existing lights in the basement were replaced by LEDs with controlled dimming that respond to the movement of the operating staff. In practice, underground garages or corridors are illuminated only dimly, and the intensity of light increases when sensors detect a movement of a person or car.

Congress Centre of the Future

The modernization of the Prague Congress centre is an important step towards the future. In order to take place among the best in the coming years, it must work in accordance with the principles of sustainability. “We are not indifferent to what we leave behind. We are a place where people are educated, they gain new knowledge and information and aim at valuable goals. Of course, we want to contribute to this. We want to be environmentally friendly, socially responsible, we want to promote good things to the same extent as we strive

to provide our clients with the best conditions, safety and comfort while organizing their meetings, “says Lenka Žlebková, Sales and Marketing Director.

PCC’s Board of Directors Knows the Results of the Last Year’s Economic Activities

The results of the Prague Congress Centre’ s financial activities in 2016 are known and the financial statements finished by December 31, 2016 have been independently audited. The Prague Congress Centre remains in positive numbers and generates profit.

The Prague Congress Center ended with a profit of CZK 35.8 million in 2016. Compared to the record year 2015, when a profit of CZK 84.9 million was achieved, there was a decrease in revenues and an increase in costs. However, the year-on-year comparison of sales is influenced by a change in the way catering services are invoiced, which led to a decline in revenues and, at the same time, the cost of purchased services. Most importantly, the result was influenced by the cost of renovation of the main congress building and the interior of the Holiday Inn Prague Congress Center.

In the segment of short-term leases, revenue in 2016 reached the same level as in the successful 2015. The biggest events include the European HABITAT (4,000 delegates), the 23rd Congress of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing ISPR 2016 (2,468 delegates) or the Living Planet Symposium 2016 (2,000 delegates).

A total of 84% of the proceeds was realized in the segment of large events with turnover more than 1 million CZK. These actions are for PCC crucial and most of marketing activities and sales promotions focus on their acquisition. The share of small events with turnover up to 200 thousand CZK was about 6%.

The structure of sales by type of client has changed significantly over the previous years. The share of public sector events (22 %) increased, while the number of association events (47 %) decreased. In addition to the mentioned European Habitat organized by the Ministry of Regional Development and a traditional fair for education organized by the City of Prague called Schola Pragensis or the International Interpol Conference of the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic. The segment of corporate clientele and cultural events then contributed to the budget with 14 % of revenues. The ratio of foreign and domestic clients has remained the same for the long term and it is 65 % to 35 %.

An important part of the financial management of PCC is also revenues from long-term leases, which decreased by 2.6% compared to the previous year to 152.5 million CZK. However, despite the fact that the most important tenant, T-Mobile left the Business Centre Vysehrad (which is part of the PCC), the occupancy of the premises was 91 %.

The Holiday Inn Prague Congress centre was the most successful in terms of year-over-year revenue growth. Its sales grew by 2.6 % compared to 2015 and reached the level of 129.7 million CZK, with an average occupancy of 64.8 %. In 2016, the kitchen was renovated and the first phase of the interior renovation of the rooms continued in the beginning of 2017. This should further on increase the interest in accommodation and gastronomic services of the hotel, whose cuisine is increasingly appreciated by experts and the hotel meets the demanding standards of the InterContinental Hotels Group.