2.9.2013

New Espoo Ambassador Appointed

Visit Espoo has appointed Tapio Lokki (pictured right) as Espoo Ambassador 2013.

Lokki works as Associate Professor at the Department of Media Technology at Aalto University, leading the virtual acoustics team jointly with Professor Lauri Savioja.

Earlier this year, Lokki and his team were presented with an International Commission for Acoustics Early Career Award in Montreal, Canada.

The Espoo Ambassador award is an annual token of recognition handed out to an active member of international scientific associations representing one’s own university and the Finnish scientific expertise and research work.

The Ambassador operates as a congress ambassador for the city of Espoo, both in Finland and abroad.

Professor Lokki is the 5th Espoo Ambassador since the award’s inception in 2009.

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9.6.2014

Finland ranked 18th on UIA´s congress listing

Finland continues to be one of the TOP 20 congress destinations in the world.

According to UIA (Union of International Association) Finland was ranked 18th on the list of total international association congresses organized in 2013. The listing includes 174 countries. The global number of international association congresses organized last year was 11 135.

According to latest congress survey in Finland the average congress delegate stays in Finland over four days and spends approximately 350 euros per day.

Helsinki 20th on cities list

On the list of top international congress cities, Helsinki ranked 20th. A total of 86 international congresses were organized in Helsinki in 2013. The list included 1 465 cities worldwide.

Union of International Associations

Helsinki Convention Bureau

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2.6.2014

Art Factory Awarded- Best Cultural Venue for Corporate events

Art Factory in Porvoo Finland in world class.

Awarded ‘Best Cultural Venue for Corporate Events, Europe’ by Business Destinations Travel Awards 2014. The newly opened culture and congress centre is a find for corporate events, located only half an hour from the Helsinki-Vantaa airport in Finland. Main halls seat 250 and 800 people. Spacious foyers and restaurants.

Business Destinations describes the Art Factory with the words “Art Factory offers endless creative events options in a stunningly refurbished building” and “Art Factory in Finland has proven itself to be of international standing, placing itself among the best culture and congress centres in the world”.

The Art Factory in the idyllic city of Porvoo just east of Helsinki in Finland is an old factory building, which has been serving culture since 1980′s. Now it has been modernized and re-opened as a top class congress centre.

The Factory Halls have proven to be of international standards by hosting car exhibitions, product launches, corporate gala dinners and a wide range of seminars and workshops in the first years of operation.

Art Factory

Porvoo

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29.4.2014

Future Infinite Congress – The future in our hands

The first international Future Infinite Conference in Helsinki 12-13.6.2014

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.

www.futureinfinite.fi

www.facebook.com/futureinfinite

Twitter @futureinfinite

 

 

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2.4.2014

Pro Congress 2014 Award

The Pro Congress 2014 award to Tampere University. In picture professor Elise Kosunen in the middle. From left Ms Ella Näsi Tampere Convention Bureau, Ms Erika Eischer Tampere Hall, Mr Jaakko Lehtonen Finnish Tourist Board and Ms Leena Sipilä Finland Convention Bureau.

Elise Kosunen, professor of medicine at Tampere University.

The Pro Congress 2014 award. The expert jury justified the decision by Kosunen’s contribution to the 18th Nordic Congress of General Practice, where she was the chairwoman of the organising committee. The congress was very successful; it attracted almost 1,200 attendees to Tampere Hall. It was the largest academic congress in Tampere last year. Kosunen also has solid expertise in organising significant conferences in her field and in active international operations.

 

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7.3.2014

Tourism income increases by 63%

Finland successfully increases congress tourism income to €117 million a year.

The Finland Convention Bureau (FCB) monitors the experiences of people attending international conferences in Finland every three years. This has been implemented in co-operation with Taloustutkimus since 1986. In 2013, a total of 662 international conferences took place in Finland, garnering a combined total of 71,761 attendees. This was the best year ever in terms of the number of conferences held. The average number of attendees to a congress was 108.

According to the “Delegaattitutkimus 2013″ survey, implemented in co-operation with Taloustutkimus, each conference attendee spent €356 per day, including trips. In total, congress tourism provided Finland with €117 million in 2013. In the previous survey (2010), this figure was €72 million. This marks an increase of 63%.

The Helsinki region is the location for more than half of international congresses in Finland, but major events also take place all year round in all of Finland’s largest towns. The ski resort of Levi was a surprise last year: its number of attendees was close to those of the big towns.

Top 10 congress cities in Finland:

Helsinki                 288

Espoo                       94

Tampere                  74

Turku                       68

Jyväskylä                 48

Oulu                          30

Vaasa                        16

Joensuu                    13

Lahti                         10

Maarianhamina      6

Rovaniemi                6

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5.3.2014

First Meetings and Corporate Events Issue in Russian

If you want to know more what Finland has to offer for Russian meeting planners, please take a look on the issue!

The first issue of Finnish Meetings and Corporate Events (Vedomost/ MediaPlanet) was published today.

Issue presents widely Finnish meeting destinations and meeting professionals in Finnish meetings industry.

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3.3.2014

SoMeT comes to Finland on April 9 and 10.

SoMeT14EU is designed to bring the digital destination marketing community together. For two days, tourism professionals from across Europe will unite to learn, collaborate and network with their peers. Attendees will leave inspired and armed with information to help them drive our industry forward. If you are a digital tourism marketing professional, next year’s #SoMeT14EU is the conference for you!

SoMeT comes to Finland on April 9 and 10. SoMeT – the Symposium for the use of Social Media in the Tourism Industry – is the premiere conference for tourism professionals looking to share ideas, network and discover opportunities in social media for destination marketing. SoMeT, known as #SoMeT14EU, is coming to Europe in 2014

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11.2.2014

CapMan invests in Kämp Group – the leading luxury and lifestyle hotel chain in Finland

Hotel Kämp and GLO Hotels are market leaders in their own segments in Finland. Established in 1887, the internationally renowned Hotel Kämp is today a five-star luxury hotel with a unique market position in Finland, and an important landmark in the Helsinki city centre

Funds managed by CapMan have made an agreement to acquire a majority holding in Kämp Group, a Finnish hotel chain known for the distinguished Hotel Kämp, located in the Helsinki city centre, and the modern lifestyle hotel chain GLO Hotels. The objective of the transaction is to expand the group’s operations and further strengthen its position as the leading luxury and lifestyle hotel chain in Finland.
Hotel Kämp and GLO Hotels are market leaders in their own segments in Finland. Established in 1887, the internationally renowned Hotel Kämp is today a five-star luxury hotel with a unique market position in Finland, and an important landmark in the Helsinki city centre. GLO Hotels in turn is the only lifestyle hotel chain in the country, with four popular hotels located in the centre of Helsinki, at the Helsinki Airport and in the Sello shopping centre in Espoo. In addition to hotels, Kämp Group includes four restaurants and Kämp Spa. The Group employs around 400 people and its targeted turnover for 2014 is around EUR 45 million.
”The outlook for hotel business is excellent in the Helsinki metropolitan region, as both business and leisure travel are on the rise. We plan to increase the number of hotels and focus on international sales, high service standards and top quality. The current owner of the Kämp Group, Berling Capital Oy – co-owned by Esa Karppinen, his wife and three children – will remain an important minority owner of the Group. We are happy about the opportunity to further develop this legendary institution in Helsinki,” says Ari Tolppanen, Senior Partner at CapMan Buyout, responsible for the investment.
“We are very glad that this hotel group built with true appreciation for its history will gain more operational scale through this transaction. Great staff and our own strong hotel brands Kämp and GLO provide an excellent platform for successful operations in the future,” adds Esa Karppinen, Chairman of the Board at Berling Capital Oy.

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