2.6.2014

Art Factory Awarded- Best Cultural Venue for Corporate events

Awarded ‘Best Cultural Venue for Corporate Events, Europe’ by Business Destinations Travel Awards 2014. The newly opened culture and congress centre is a find for corporate events, located only half an hour from the Helsinki-Vantaa airport in Finland. Main halls seat 250 and 800 people. Spacious foyers and restaurants.

Business Destinations describes the Art Factory with the words “Art Factory offers endless creative events options in a stunningly refurbished building” and “Art Factory in Finland has proven itself to be of international standing, placing itself among the best culture and congress centres in the world”.

The Art Factory in the idyllic city of Porvoo just east of Helsinki in Finland is an old factory building, which has been serving culture since 1980’s. Now it has been modernized and re-opened as a top class congress centre.

The Factory Halls have proven to be of international standards by hosting car exhibitions, product launches, corporate gala dinners and a wide range of seminars and workshops in the first years of operation.

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30.3.2015

Congress travel in Finland grows despite overall decline

Finland Convention Bureau (FCB), a part of Finpro, supports the organisation of international congresses in Finland. The past year was the best congress year in Finnish history, with growth in the field persisting for years.

The number of congresses held in Finland has grown, despite the economic decline, from 595 conventions in 2012 to the current 708. The previous year saw attendance figures of 79,000, which meant a tourism income of €130 million. The corresponding income for 2010 was €72 million.
The Helsinki region hosts over half of these international congresses – significant events are, however, held in all of the largest cities throughout the year.

TOP Five congress cities:
1.Helsinki, 2.Espoo, 3.Tampere, 4.Turku, 5.Jyväskylä
FCB’s Convention Director, Leena Sipilä is extremely happy with this growth.
“Our previous best year had been 2013, but last year exceeded even 2013’s figures, despite our fears that the economic decline would take its toll,” says Sipilä, clearly pleased. “We are more than happy.” Congress travel is a positive exception in Finland’s economic situation, especially compared to tourism in general, whose growth rate is declining. The massive decline in Russian tourists has been challenging to leisure travel companies, who are now trying to attract new growth in Europe and Asia. Congress travel agents have also realised the possibilities for growth in the Asian market.
“We are organising our first corporate event marketing show in China, because we believe there are new opportunities and customers to be found there,” says Sipilä.

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10.3.2015

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