16.12.2013

Espoo city politicians show support for the international meetings industry

Espoo has long traditions in hosting international conferences. By signing the agreement the City of Espoo wants to show that it is publicly committed to supporting the meetings and events industry internationally. In 1994, the City of Espoo and Aalto University (by then it was called Helsinki University of Technology) signed an agreement to have more cooperation between the city and the university and to eventually result in getting more scientific conferences to Espoo.

Yet another step towards building more effective partnership between the scientific community in Espoo and the city was the launch of EspooAmbassador -programme in 2009. In this Ambassador programme the City Mayor Jukka Mäkelä has an active role by hosting an annual event for scientific community where the ambassador award is also given.

Cooperation between the city and scientific community is the city receptions, where the city welcomes all conference participants to Espoo by delivering a welcome speech and some refreshments. In Espoo, we have been happy to have active city officials but also politicians to deliver the welcome words. This has been the Espoo way to develop the association between the City of Espoo, the whole scientific community and the politicians so the signing of this important Declaration of Support is yet another demonstration of the importance of international conferences to Espoo.

 

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23.10.2014

Helsinki Congress Centre Paasitorni- Full service venue completed

The Meripaviljonki restaurant, opening for business in April 2015, will complete the full service package of Paasitorni congress centre.

The Meripaviljonki floating restaurant, to be built as an addition to a cultural treasure – the Paasitorni
congress centre – is a demonstration of Finnish ingenuity: the architectural design, other designers, three
contractors and the restaurateur realising this globally unique project are all Finnish. What is more, the
practical construction work is 90% Finnish.
Meripaviljonki’s modern architecture will bring a light touch to the impressive granite construction alongside
it. The building’s shape and glass walls will allow customers to enjoy the surrounding scenery and natural
light from morning till night.

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15.10.2014

The 10th ITS European Congress exceeded all expectations

The 10th ITS European Congress for intelligent transport systems and services was held in Finland for the first time on 16–19 June 2014.

The event attracted approximately 2,400 decision makers, engineers, researchers and other experts from over 60 countries to Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre. The exhibition held at the same time included 80 exhibitors. The four seminar days offered 13 simultaneous seminars.

According to the organiser, Helsinki as a destination attracted new participants who came to visit Finland for the first time. Messukeskus Helsinki was perceived as a well-functioning, flexible and modern venue with highly professional staff.

“Organising a congress at Messukeskus Helsinki was a very positive experience. The team was helpful, professional and easy to work with. They will go to extremes to get everything running smoothly”, states Congress Manager Céline Nieuwenhuys from MCI – the global event management company responsible for the event.
The ITS European Congress for intelligent transport systems and services is organised by Ertigo-ITS Europe in cooperation with the European Commission. ITS Finland, the Ministry of Transport and Communications and the City of Helsinki acted as the hosts of the event. The arrangements for the congress were carried out by MCI.

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