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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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.

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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.
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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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