12.6.2013

Finland Climbs Five Positions Towards Top of Congress World

Finland ranked 16th on the list of total international association congresses organized in 2012. The statistics, compiled annually by UIA (Union of International Congresses), saw Finland climb five positions from 21st place last year.

The listing includes 167 countries. The global number of international association congresses organized last year was 10 529.

According to international surveys, the average congress delegate stays in the locality for four days and spends approximately 350 euros per day.

In 2013, FCB is carrying out a detailed survey on congress delegates, aiming to further investigate delegates’ use of money as well as their impressions of Finland as a congress destination. Another main objective is to investigate the effects congresses have on local income and employment.

Helsinki 14th on cities list

On the list of top international congress cities, Helsinki ranked 14th, improving excellently from last year’s 25th position. A total of 110 international congresses were organized in Helsinki in 2012. The list included 1 374 cities.

 

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23.4.2015

Finland for Meetings, Events & Incentives 1/2015

Meet Finland and White Night Magic at IMEX! Find out about high class services in stunning natural surroundings.

Meet Finland and White Night Magic at IMEX! Find out about high class services in stunning natural surroundings.

Please visit our stand F260 and update your information on the Nordic country that is both a winter wonderland and a serene summer haven. Finland is ideal for corporate events and conferences: In the home of functional design, high class services are a given and the four seasons offer varying natural beauty throughout the year.

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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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3.12.2014

Aalto University expects Nobel prize winners to attend ICDS-2015

Professor Filip Tuomisto and his team from Department of Applied Physics at Aalto University are organizing the 28th International Conference on Defects in Semiconductors 27-31 July 2015 at Otaniemi campus.

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics was hit just in this research area – semiconductor materials physics and technology. Confirmed keynote speakers include Sir Colin Humphreys (Cambridge, UK) and Professor David Awschalom (University of Chicago, USA). “In addition, I expect one of the recent Nobel Prize-winning scientists to attend next year’s conference in Espoo as I know them personally. We are the only University in Finland collaborating with their research groups,” says Filip Tuomisto.

The conference is held every two year and it attracts typically 250 to 300 participants from all over the world, especially from Japan, Europe and the United States. The selection of the host for 2015 took place in tuff competition between China, the USA and Finland – Espoo won a close vote.

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