19.9.2013

Renewed Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre is now Messukeskus

2013 has been a year of renewal for Messukeskus, Expo and Convention Center Helsinki.

Messukeskus has refurbished its facilities, restaurants and look over the spring and summer. Its Gallery, a lounge shared by a million users a year, has received a full makeover.

At the Conference Centre, surfaces and materials has been renewed in the lobbies and main conference room, which have places for 1,100 people. Adaptable lighting enables the “colour wash” of the facilities, according to the event theme or the hosting company’s signature colours.

The Galleria, the heart of Messukeskus serving visitors to all events, has received a complete makeover during the summer with new surface materials, colours and lighting.

Accessibility has also improved, as more escalators and a lift has been installed in the Galleria. Modern, electronic signs have been placed to provide more flexible guidance for the million annual visitors.

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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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