Finland Convention Bureau


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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22.5.2017

ScanVir congress to Turku, Finland in 2019

The three-day Nordic ScanVir 2019 congress will be organised in Turku between 6 and 8 May 2019 and will be hosted by the Department of Virology of the University of Turku Faculty of Medicine.

A total of 250-300 virology experts from Scandinavia and elsewhere from Europe are expected to participate in the congress.

Virology researchers PhD Sisko Tauriainen and PhD Laura Kakkola from the University of Turku say that in the end, Helsinki and Turku were the two cities competing to host the congress. The virologists stress that the decision to hold the congress in the facilities of the Radisson Blu Marina hotel was based on good experience.

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9.5.2017

Robots invade Tampere Hall in spring 2018

The European Robotics Forum (ERF), the most influential meeting of the robotics community in Europe, will be held in Tampere in March 2018. 1000 European robotics top experts are expected to attend the conference.

The European Robotics Forum 2018 (ERF2018) will be held in the Tampere Hall on 13─15 March 2018. ERF2018 covers current societal and technical themes related to the field of robotics. Interesting subjects will be discussed, including human-robot-collaboration and how robotics can improve industrial productivity and service sector operations.

The conference also showcases the newest research in the field, and the projects funded under EU’s Horizon 2020 research programme. The event offers Finnish companies a unique window to the European markets.

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12.4.2017

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15.3.2017

2016 marks a record-breaking year for international congress attendees in Finland

The number of international congress attendees visiting Finland grew by a whopping 33 percent in 2016. The record-breaking growth was especially visible in Helsinki, but other cities recorded considerable growth figures as well.

Altogether 101 515 international congress attendees visited Finland in 2016. In 2015, the comparable number was a fraction less than 76 000. The increasing number of large-scale international congresses held in Finland is chiefly responsible for the immense improvement.

“In recent years, the annual number of congress visitors in Finland has most often settled at a little less than 80 000,” says Mervi Toivonen, from Finpro’s Finland Convention Bureau. “The main catalyst for such growth is an exceptionally busy year, with large international congresses that draw thousands of delegates.

According to Toivonen, the results underline the long-term work of Finland in attracting international congresses. In future, keeping up with the current growth rate requires, among other things, upholding the appropriate hotel capacity.

“It is not an easy task to attract events like these to Finland,” Toivonen comments. “The application processes are typically long and international competition fierce.”

Besides, international congress attendees have a significant economic effect. A single congress delegate spends on average 1 635 euros during a visit to Finland. That is four-to-five times more than a regular tourist does. Thus, the 101 000 congress attendees of 2016 spent almost 166 million euros in Finland.

Helsinki and Tampere fared especially well during the busy congress year, forming the top duo of Finnish cities by number of congress attendees. Turku, Jyväskylä and Oulu rounded out the top five.

The amount of international congress attendees in Helsinki grew by 72 percent in 2016. In Tampere, the growth rate also soared, at 45 percent.

“Globally, organizers are becoming increasingly aware of all the potential locations to stage a congress, not just the big cities and capitals,” Toivonen says. “The statistics indicate perfectly that Finland has a multitude of internationally recognized congress cities. Overall, this is excellent for Finland as a congress country.”

Top 5 Finnish cities by number of international congress attendees in 2016:

  1. Helsinki 60 790
  2. Tampere 10 797
  3. Turku 6 299
  4. Jyväskylä 4 540
  5. Oulu 4 248

More information:

Mervi Toivonen, Manager, Global Sales and Business Events, Finpro, Visit Finland, Finland Convention Bureau, puh. 050 554 5050, mervi.toivonen@visitfinland.fi

 

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6.2.2017

Meet Espoo News

Espoo has a lot to offer for Finland´s centenary celebration year, for example Conference hotel Hanasaari opens after renovation and Espoo hosts ICCA Scandinavian chapter meeting in March.

Espoo, the second largest city in Finland, is a vibrant city full of contrasts. In Espoo, modern architecture, large corporations and culture meet the unspoilt willderness.  This innovative environment and spirit, complemented by the main campus of Aalto University, attracts continuous interest from science and research professionals worldwide.

Large natural areas are characteristic of Espoo: seashores, the archipelago, the wilderness in nature reserves and the waterways of the lake highlands. The cultural landscapes, constructed environments and natural areas of Espoo are like Finland in miniature. This, combined to Espoo’s location, right next to capital Helsinki, creates vast opportunities to all sorts of business events. With Helsinki just a 15 minute ride away combine an event in Espoo with the Finnish capital and you have the very best of both worlds.

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24.1.2017

The 49th Congress of the International Academy of Ceramics (IAC) has been awarded to Finland

The IAC General Assembly is a well-known and highly appreciated congress in the field of ceramics. Every two years the event brings together world-class artists and actors from the ceramic world to discuss about contemporary ceramic issues and to showcase their artwork. International Academy of Ceramics has been an official partner in the cultural sector of UNESCO since 2001.

More or less 300 people from 50 different countries are estimated to attend the congress in Lapland in the autumn 2020. The preliminary theme of the congress is ”On the Edge”. For the first time in its history, the event will take place in Finland with Rovaniemi and Posio as the main venues for the conference and the exhibition programme.

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3.1.2017

International Congress of Entomology in 2020 has been awarded to Finland

The largest scientific congress of entomologists – International Congress of Entomology (ICE) will be held on 26-31 July, 2020, at Finlandia Hall in Helsinki.

The congress will be hosted by the entomological societies in Finland and the University of Helsinki.

The vision of prof. Hokkanen, who is also is the coordinator of a new UA Thematic Network on “Sustainable Production and Foraging of Natural Products in the North“, is to connect the ICE 2020 with the work and activities of the UArctic.

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2.1.2017

Finlandia Hall transfers to solar power – among the first congress centres in Europe

Solar panels will be installed on the roof of congress and event centre Finlandia Hall Ltd. by the end of 2016. Finlandia Hall
is among the first event centres in Europe to utilise solar energy for the energy needed in the premises.

A total of 150–170 solar panels were installed on the roof of Finlandia Hall. Experts have calculated the size of the system
to be 41 kW. The electricity provided by the system is estimated to cover a maximum of 20–25 percent of Finlandia Hall’s total
monthly energy consumption.
“Finlandia Hall has strongly invested in environmental and energy matters over the past few years. Five years ago we started a
development project during which the building, originally built in the 1970s, was turned into an energy efficient one. District
heating consumption has been reduced by 50% and electricity consumption by 30%. These renewals have accumulated cost
savings worth hundreds of thousands of euros. The solar panels are a natural next step in this development,” says Johanna
Tolonen, Managing Director at Finlandia Hall Ltd.
Finlandia Hall has undergone a total transformation of operating culture, and the personnel have been strongly committed to
taking environmental issues into account in all their activities. The long-term development work culminated in Finlandia Hall
receiving the ISO14001 environmental certificate last autumn. Only less than one percent of Finnish companies have received
the certificate.
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