29.4.2014

Future Infinite Congress – The future in our hands

Aging population, environmental issues, globalization, and technological development. Our future is filled with challenges but the answers to our problems can be remarkable. Or what would you say to illuminating plants instead of street lights? Future solutions also entail a huge potential for innovative business opportunities.

Unlike our history, the future is something we can have an impact on. We have gathered the most insightful future experts together in order to find the best elements for success in the future.

In June, the Wanha Satama event centre will host the first international Future Infinite Conference. It gathers people and ideas from different areas of research, management and business under the same roof to discuss the possibilities that lie ahead. It is the only event of its kind in Europe, and Finland with many internationally acknowledged futurists, a Committee for the Future in the Finnish Parliament, and the Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC) is the natural place for it.

Their views on the future are given by, for example, R.K. Pachauri, the chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Professor Sohail Inayatullah from the University of Tamkang, expert on synthetic biology Anthony Evans from Glowing Plant (USA), futurist Clive van Heerden from Electrolux, and Professor Paul Verschure from the Robot Companions for Citizens –project. The programme can be checked online at www.futureinfinite.fi.

Future Infinite – Helsinki International Conference for Solving Global Challenges is held at Wanha Satama event centre 12-13 June 2014. Also the 16th International Futures Conference ‘Sustainable futures in a changing climate’ is held there from 11–12 June and it goes by the name Future Infinite Academic. The organisers are the Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC) of the University of Turku, and Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre. The media partner of the event is Kauppalehti, Finland’s leading financial publication.

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18.5.2016

New Scandic Hotel to open in Vaasa

Scandic Hotels, the largest hotel company in the Nordic countries, has signed a long-term lease agreement with Airaksinen Capital to take over the operation of the former Kantarellis hotel in central Vaasa from June 2016.

The hotel, which has 68 rooms today, will be expanded to include close to 140 hotel rooms at the same time as the hotel’s conference and congress facilities will be expanded. The expansion is expected to be finished at the end of 2017.

“Finland is an important growth market for Scandic and today, we are already the biggest hotel company in the Helsinki area. With Scandic Vaasa, we are further strengthening our network in the Finnish market”, says Frank Fiskers, President & CEO Scandic Hotels Group.

“Vaasa is the largest economic center in the Österbotten region and part of Finland’s fastest growing area. By opening Scandic Vaasa we will further contribute to the attractiveness of the destination”, says Aki Käyhkö, Head of Scandic Hotels Finland.

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14.4.2016

Nearly 76,000 conference tourists visited Finland in 2015

Nearly 76,000 conference tourists spent approx. EUR 124 million in Finland in 2015. Conference tourists are an important source of income for conference sites in Finland and everywhere in the world.

The competition for conference tourists is intense. Last year, the five most popular conference cities in Finland were Helsinki, Tampere, Turku, Espoo and Oulu.

Finland continued its run as an attractive conference country last year, hosting a total of 682 conferences (708 in 2014) and 75,846 delegates (79,000 in 2014). According to delegate numbers, the most popular conference cities were Helsinki, Tampere, Turku, Espoo and Oulu.

  • “Even though the number of hosted conferences decreased slightly from last year, the overall performance was good considering the global economic situation. We must continue our persistent efforts to attract conferences, because international events constitute a highly significant source of income for Finland. The many people attending the events use plenty of tourist services in different areas during their short visit,” says Mervi Toivonen of Visit Finland. Finland Convention Bureau, a part of the same organisation, is responsible for promoting the visibility of Finland as a conference country.

Nearly 76,000 conference tourists spent approx. EUR 124 million in Finland last year. The sum has increased by nearly 50% since the beginning of the decade; in 2010, conference tourists spent slightly over EUR 70 million in Finland. A conference tourist spends 4–5 times more during a visit than a regular tourist.

Helsinki by far the most attractive conference location

Helsinki attracts the most conferences and conference tourists per year. While Helsinki hosted slightly over 270 conferences with over 35,000 attendants, runner-up Tampere hosted 66 conferences with over 7,000 conference tourists.

  • “Helsinki is a relatively obvious choice as a conference site in Finland, because it is easy to reach internationally and provides many opportunities for international events. However, Tampere, Turku and Oulu, also in the top five, have managed to find their strengths and attract conferences with their novelty,” says Toivonen.

On an international level, Finland’s strong points are a good reputation and competence as a conference host as well as its novelty as an event destination. Compared with better known conference countries, Finland’s competitive edge in the race to attract conferences also includes cleanliness and an exotic quality.

  • “We invest in increasing awareness of Finland as a conference destination, particularly in the growing markets in Asia. The Asian market is viewed as a major opportunity for conference travel. In March, we hosted our first Meetings Industry market event in China. The event attracted plenty of interest and proved that Finland is an interesting destination for event organisers,” says Toivonen.

TOP 5 conference cities based on the number of conferences in 2015:

1st Helsinki 275
2nd Espoo 86
3rd Tampere 66
4th Turku 58
5th Jyväskylä 53

TOP 5 conference cities based on the number of delegates in 2015:

1st Helsinki 35,253
2nd Tampere 7,068
3rd Turku 6,011
4th Espoo 5,954
5th Oulu 4,289

 

 

 

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