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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22.5.2017

ScanVir congress to Turku, Finland in 2019

The three-day Nordic ScanVir 2019 congress will be organised in Turku between 6 and 8 May 2019 and will be hosted by the Department of Virology of the University of Turku Faculty of Medicine.

A total of 250-300 virology experts from Scandinavia and elsewhere from Europe are expected to participate in the congress.

Virology researchers PhD Sisko Tauriainen and PhD Laura Kakkola from the University of Turku say that in the end, Helsinki and Turku were the two cities competing to host the congress. The virologists stress that the decision to hold the congress in the facilities of the Radisson Blu Marina hotel was based on good experience.

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9.5.2017

Robots invade Tampere Hall in spring 2018

The European Robotics Forum (ERF), the most influential meeting of the robotics community in Europe, will be held in Tampere in March 2018. 1000 European robotics top experts are expected to attend the conference.

The European Robotics Forum 2018 (ERF2018) will be held in the Tampere Hall on 13─15 March 2018. ERF2018 covers current societal and technical themes related to the field of robotics. Interesting subjects will be discussed, including human-robot-collaboration and how robotics can improve industrial productivity and service sector operations.

The conference also showcases the newest research in the field, and the projects funded under EU’s Horizon 2020 research programme. The event offers Finnish companies a unique window to the European markets.

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12.4.2017

Finland for Meetings, events & incentives 1/2017

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15.3.2017

2016 marks a record-breaking year for international congress attendees in Finland

The number of international congress attendees visiting Finland grew by a whopping 33 percent in 2016. The record-breaking growth was especially visible in Helsinki, but other cities recorded considerable growth figures as well.

Altogether 101 515 international congress attendees visited Finland in 2016. In 2015, the comparable number was a fraction less than 76 000. The increasing number of large-scale international congresses held in Finland is chiefly responsible for the immense improvement.

“In recent years, the annual number of congress visitors in Finland has most often settled at a little less than 80 000,” says Mervi Toivonen, from Finpro’s Finland Convention Bureau. “The main catalyst for such growth is an exceptionally busy year, with large international congresses that draw thousands of delegates.

According to Toivonen, the results underline the long-term work of Finland in attracting international congresses. In future, keeping up with the current growth rate requires, among other things, upholding the appropriate hotel capacity.

“It is not an easy task to attract events like these to Finland,” Toivonen comments. “The application processes are typically long and international competition fierce.”

Besides, international congress attendees have a significant economic effect. A single congress delegate spends on average 1 635 euros during a visit to Finland. That is four-to-five times more than a regular tourist does. Thus, the 101 000 congress attendees of 2016 spent almost 166 million euros in Finland.

Helsinki and Tampere fared especially well during the busy congress year, forming the top duo of Finnish cities by number of congress attendees. Turku, Jyväskylä and Oulu rounded out the top five.

The amount of international congress attendees in Helsinki grew by 72 percent in 2016. In Tampere, the growth rate also soared, at 45 percent.

“Globally, organizers are becoming increasingly aware of all the potential locations to stage a congress, not just the big cities and capitals,” Toivonen says. “The statistics indicate perfectly that Finland has a multitude of internationally recognized congress cities. Overall, this is excellent for Finland as a congress country.”

Top 5 Finnish cities by number of international congress attendees in 2016:

  1. Helsinki 60 790
  2. Tampere 10 797
  3. Turku 6 299
  4. Jyväskylä 4 540
  5. Oulu 4 248

More information:

Mervi Toivonen, Manager, Global Sales and Business Events, Finpro, Visit Finland, Finland Convention Bureau, puh. 050 554 5050, mervi.toivonen@visitfinland.fi

 

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