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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20.8.2014

New Design at Hotel Hanasaari, Espoo

The revival of orange – new, impressive design at Hotel Hanasaari

Hanasaari was created as a consistent whole in the 1970s. Designed by Professor Yrjö Sotamaa, its interior was inspired by nature, art and Finnish design. The goal was to create an innovative and modern, yet intimate and warm environment. The forms were simple, but the materials – such as wood, granite and handmade fabrics – were warm and natural, as were the colours: Sotamaa used various shades of red, brown and orange. This was unusual in modernistic buildings at the time. The building was designed by architect Veikko Malmio.

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22.7.2014

ISRRT World Congress brought radiographers to Messukeskus Helsinki

The 18th ISRRT World Congress 2014 brought over 700 radiographers from 59 countries to Messukeskus Helsinki on 12 – 15 June 2014.

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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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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