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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13.4.2015

Floating panoramic restaurant Meripaviljonki opened in Helsinki

Meripaviljonki, which is located in the centre of maritime Helsinki, is opened on 8 April 2015.

Modern and light Meripaviljonki has unique panoramic views over Eläintarhanlahti Bay that change with the
seasons. Marko Helenius, Kitchen Manager at Graniittiravintolat Oy, heads up Meripaviljonki’s kitchen, which focuses on fish and shellfish. The light and airy feel of the restaurant’s décor has been taken into account in the raw materials.

Meripaviljonki completes the services of Paasitorni Congress Centre.

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1.4.2015

New IHG Hotel Indigo in Helsinki opened

Located in the heart of Helsinki’s design quarter Bulevardi, the environmentally friendly Hotel Indigo Helsinki – Boulevard opened its doors in early March 2015. It is the first Hotel Indigo branded hotel in the Nordic countries. The Hotel Indigo Helsinki – Boulevard is a high-class boutique hotel for both business and leisure guests.

Hotel Indigo Helsinki – Boulevard is a boutique hotel located on Bulevardi 26, one of the most stylish, historically rich and well-located streets in Helsinki. The hotel offers altogether 120 rooms decorated in Scandinavian style to its quality-conscious guests in an area where two opposite worlds of design come together. The elegant Esplanadi opens up in the east, whereas in the west you can see the Helsinki shipyard, one of the greatest feats of industrial design in the city.

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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

Focus on Finland

Want to know more about knowledge and innovation driven Finland?

Focus on Finland site offers you lots of information about Finlands industry news.

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16.2.2015

Tampere is Congresswise!

The traditional printed congress manual has been taken to a whole new level in the university and congress city Tampere.

When it was again time to update the popular manual, published for the first time already in 1996, convention director Ella Näsi had an epiphany. “I wanted the manual to be more flexible and easier to update. I also wanted it to be interactive”, she says. This resulted in the publication of not one, but two interrelated blogs: one in Finnish and one in English.
The Finnish blog Kongressiviisas.fi is directed more at Finnish congress organisers. It gives tips and guidance on what to take into consideration when organising a congress in Tampere. For those who are visiting Tampere as delegates can get a lot of information out of the English version Congresswise.com. This blog dwells more on general aspects of Tampere and Finland.
The two main writers of the blog are convention director Ella Näsi and marketing manager Pia Helminen. “We do have a space for visiting writers, so anyone who is interested to contribute is welcome to contact us!” exclaims the duo.

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11.2.2015

European national convention bureaux alliance expands

Italy, Ireland, France, Portugal and Latvia have all joined the alliance of European National Convention Bureaux, bringing the total to 22 members. The addition of the five new members was announced at the alliance’s recent meeting in Copenhagen.

These new countries will join the 17 other members on a collaboration which unites the individual and unique offerings of each member, to simplify and strengthen the approach towards key markets, such as the USA and China. The alliance is now discussing numerous projects including working together on comprehensive market research into the Chinese market.
As the number one meeting destination worldwide for association meetings , Europe’s future offering for meetings and events remains compelling according to members of the initiative polled at their recent meeting in Copenhagen. Nearly all (93%) believe the market will increase and over two thirds (67%) have seen their organisation’s marketing budget increase in 2015.

National Convention Bureaux across the continent have responded well to the creation of the strategic alliance which has now attracted 22 members. These members are from the following countries: Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Latvia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland.

For further information, please contact:

Emma Ward, Clareville Communications (UK)
T: + 44 207 736 4022
E: emmaward@clareville.co.uk

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