22.7.2014

ISRRT World Congress brought radiographers to Messukeskus Helsinki

The four-day congress, which is organised every other year, was held for the first time in Finland and indeed the Nordic countries. There was also an exhibition in the Winter Garden, with 21 exhibitors.

“Messukeskus Helsinki s a well-run complex where everything works smoothly. Its location near but not quite in the centre of Helsinki is ideal for congresses: the city centre is easily accessible yet far enough so that participants do not wander off too easily,” says Päivi Wood, CEO at the Society of Radiographers in Finland.

Congress participants were also able to learn about Finland in events organised for them: sauna in Uunisaari island, hiking in Nuuksio National Park, and jogging round Töölönlahti Bay. There was also a This is Finland lecture about Finland, the Finns and radiography in Finland.

The Society of Radiographers in Finland organised the conference for the International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists, ISRRT.

Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre, promotes Finnish welfare, by enabling profitable face-to-face meetings in fairs, meetings, congresses and other events. Messukeskus Helsinki hosts approximately 100 exhibitions and 1,400 meetings and congresses each year offering 7 exhibition halls, 40 convertible meeting rooms and the 4,400-seater Amfi Hall auditorium. The Holiday Inn Helsinki hotel operates within the same premises. In 2013, fairs, conventions and other events held at Messukeskus Helsinki attracted 10 000 exhibitors and 1.1 million visitors.

More information:

Päivi Wood, The Society of Radiographers in Finland, paivi.wood@suomenrontgenhoitajaliitto.fi,
+358 40 5227 358

www.messukeskus.com

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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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