3.5.2013

Finland Marks Record Congress Year

Latest statistics by Finland Convention Bureau (FCB) show that a record-breaking 635 international congresses were held in Finland in 2012. The number of attending delegates reached 77 222.

Compared to previous years, the number of international congresses organized in Finland went up by approximately 60 per cent.

A key factor in the impressive rise in total congress numbers is the excellent co-operation between institutes of higher education and various organizations.

City convention bureaus work closely with FCB and branches of industry. In addition, regional congress organizations have great processes in place for gathering statistical data. Recently set up Congress Network Finland is an organization aiming to develop the congress industry and educate professionals in the field.

- Information sharing, industry meetings, education and networking have been keywords among Finnish congress professionals of late. The whole industry has drawn from previous years’ experiences and started working together towards increasing figures with great results, says Leena Sipilä, Convention Director at FCB.

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.


Top 5 Finnish Congress Cities in 2012

City Number of congresses Number of delegates
Helsinki 254 40 478
Espoo 78 8 001
Tampere 73 7 300
Turku 65 5 074
Jyväskylä 63 4 802
Total (whole of Finland) 635 77 222

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2.4.2014

Pro Congress 2014 Award

The Pro Congress 2014 award to Tampere University. In picture professor Elise Kosunen in the middle. From left Ms Ella Näsi Tampere Convention Bureau, Ms Erika Eischer Tampere Hall, Mr Jaakko Lehtonen Finnish Tourist Board and Ms Leena Sipilä Finland Convention Bureau.

Elise Kosunen, professor of medicine at Tampere University.

The Pro Congress 2014 award. The expert jury justified the decision by Kosunen’s contribution to the 18th Nordic Congress of General Practice, where she was the chairwoman of the organising committee. The congress was very successful; it attracted almost 1,200 attendees to Tampere Hall. It was the largest academic congress in Tampere last year. Kosunen also has solid expertise in organising significant conferences in her field and in active international operations.

 

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7.3.2014

Tourism income increases by 63%

Finland successfully increases congress tourism income to €117 million a year.

The Finland Convention Bureau (FCB) monitors the experiences of people attending international conferences in Finland every three years. This has been implemented in co-operation with Taloustutkimus since 1986. In 2013, a total of 662 international conferences took place in Finland, garnering a combined total of 71,761 attendees. This was the best year ever in terms of the number of conferences held. The average number of attendees to a congress was 108.

According to the “Delegaattitutkimus 2013″ survey, implemented in co-operation with Taloustutkimus, each conference attendee spent €356 per day, including trips. In total, congress tourism provided Finland with €117 million in 2013. In the previous survey (2010), this figure was €72 million. This marks an increase of 63%.

The Helsinki region is the location for more than half of international congresses in Finland, but major events also take place all year round in all of Finland’s largest towns. The ski resort of Levi was a surprise last year: its number of attendees was close to those of the big towns.

Top 10 congress cities in Finland:

Helsinki                 288

Espoo                       94

Tampere                  74

Turku                       68

Jyväskylä                 48

Oulu                          30

Vaasa                        16

Joensuu                    13

Lahti                         10

Maarianhamina      6

Rovaniemi                6

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