11.2.2014

CapMan invests in Kämp Group – the leading luxury and lifestyle hotel chain in Finland

Funds managed by CapMan have made an agreement to acquire a majority holding in Kämp Group, a Finnish hotel chain known for the distinguished Hotel Kämp, located in the Helsinki city centre, and the modern lifestyle hotel chain GLO Hotels. The objective of the transaction is to expand the group’s operations and further strengthen its position as the leading luxury and lifestyle hotel chain in Finland.
Hotel Kämp and GLO Hotels are market leaders in their own segments in Finland. Established in 1887, the internationally renowned Hotel Kämp is today a five-star luxury hotel with a unique market position in Finland, and an important landmark in the Helsinki city centre. GLO Hotels in turn is the only lifestyle hotel chain in the country, with four popular hotels located in the centre of Helsinki, at the Helsinki Airport and in the Sello shopping centre in Espoo. In addition to hotels, Kämp Group includes four restaurants and Kämp Spa. The Group employs around 400 people and its targeted turnover for 2014 is around EUR 45 million.
”The outlook for hotel business is excellent in the Helsinki metropolitan region, as both business and leisure travel are on the rise. We plan to increase the number of hotels and focus on international sales, high service standards and top quality. The current owner of the Kämp Group, Berling Capital Oy – co-owned by Esa Karppinen, his wife and three children – will remain an important minority owner of the Group. We are happy about the opportunity to further develop this legendary institution in Helsinki,” says Ari Tolppanen, Senior Partner at CapMan Buyout, responsible for the investment.
“We are very glad that this hotel group built with true appreciation for its history will gain more operational scale through this transaction. Great staff and our own strong hotel brands Kämp and GLO provide an excellent platform for successful operations in the future,” adds Esa Karppinen, Chairman of the Board at Berling Capital Oy.

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25.9.2014

ESHRE conference to Messukeskus Helsinki

The scientific congress will bring more than 8,000 participants from over a hundred countries to Messukeskus.

“On this occasion we were looking for a host city and suitable arena in Northern Europe. Messukeskus is able to provide our large conference with flexible and high-quality premises. An important factor behind our choice is Helsinki’s reputation as a valued conference city. Helsinki is universally accessible and has enough hotel rooms for our large number of guests,” says Managing Director Bruno Van den Eede, of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) that is responsible for organising the conference.

 

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10.9.2014

Espoo Awards its 6th Congress Ambassador

Ari Sihvola, professor of electromagnetics from Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering is chosen as EspooAmbassador 2014.

EspooAmbassador operates as a congress ambassador of Espoo in Finland and abroad. The award was presented 28th of August 2014 during the annual EspooAmbassador event at Dipoli Congress Centre.

The decision was based in Sihvolas active work in national and international scientific organizations. Professor Sihvola has been involved in a number of program and organizing committees of international congresses, and thus have had a positive impact for the role of Espoo and Finland within the international scientific communities.

 

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10.9.2014

Koenderink Prize 2014 to University of Oulu´s computer vision scientists

The 2014 Koenderink Prize has been granted to Professor Matti Pietikäinen, Dr. Abdenour Hadid, and University of Oulu alumni, Dr. Timo Ahonen (Nokia Research Center).

The prize recognizes fundamental contributions in computer vision. It is awarded biennially at one of the most prestigious conferences in the field, the European Conference on Computer Vision, for a paper published exactly ten years ago at this venue which has withstood the test of time.

The awarded publication presents automatic face recognition with Local Binary Patterns, a methodology developed at the University of Oulu. This approach is currently regarded as one of the major milestones in face recognition research.

The conference publication and its extension to a journal article have already been cited over 3 000 times according to Google Scholar.

 

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20.8.2014

New Design at Hotel Hanasaari, Espoo

The revival of orange – new, impressive design at Hotel Hanasaari

Hanasaari was created as a consistent whole in the 1970s. Designed by Professor Yrjö Sotamaa, its interior was inspired by nature, art and Finnish design. The goal was to create an innovative and modern, yet intimate and warm environment. The forms were simple, but the materials – such as wood, granite and handmade fabrics – were warm and natural, as were the colours: Sotamaa used various shades of red, brown and orange. This was unusual in modernistic buildings at the time. The building was designed by architect Veikko Malmio.

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22.7.2014

ISRRT World Congress brought radiographers to Messukeskus Helsinki

The 18th ISRRT World Congress 2014 brought over 700 radiographers from 59 countries to Messukeskus Helsinki on 12 – 15 June 2014.

The four-day congress, which is organised every other year, was held for the first time in Finland and indeed the Nordic countries. There was also an exhibition in the Winter Garden, with 21 exhibitors.

“Messukeskus Helsinki s a well-run complex where everything works smoothly. Its location near but not quite in the centre of Helsinki is ideal for congresses: the city centre is easily accessible yet far enough so that participants do not wander off too easily,” says Päivi Wood, CEO at the Society of Radiographers in Finland.

Congress participants were also able to learn about Finland in events organised for them: sauna in Uunisaari island, hiking in Nuuksio National Park, and jogging round Töölönlahti Bay. There was also a This is Finland lecture about Finland, the Finns and radiography in Finland.

The Society of Radiographers in Finland organised the conference for the International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists, ISRRT.

Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre, promotes Finnish welfare, by enabling profitable face-to-face meetings in fairs, meetings, congresses and other events. Messukeskus Helsinki hosts approximately 100 exhibitions and 1,400 meetings and congresses each year offering 7 exhibition halls, 40 convertible meeting rooms and the 4,400-seater Amfi Hall auditorium. The Holiday Inn Helsinki hotel operates within the same premises. In 2013, fairs, conventions and other events held at Messukeskus Helsinki attracted 10 000 exhibitors and 1.1 million visitors.

More information:

Päivi Wood, The Society of Radiographers in Finland, paivi.wood@suomenrontgenhoitajaliitto.fi,
+358 40 5227 358

www.messukeskus.com

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9.6.2014

Finland ranked 18th on UIA´s congress listing

Finland continues to be one of the TOP 20 congress destinations in the world.

According to UIA (Union of International Association) Finland was ranked 18th on the list of total international association congresses organized in 2013. The listing includes 174 countries. The global number of international association congresses organized last year was 11 135.

According to latest congress survey in Finland the average congress delegate stays in Finland over four days and spends approximately 350 euros per day.

Helsinki 20th on cities list

On the list of top international congress cities, Helsinki ranked 20th. A total of 86 international congresses were organized in Helsinki in 2013. The list included 1 465 cities worldwide.

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