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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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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