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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24.8.2016

Professor of Environmental Engineering Jaana Sorvari awarded Espoo’s Congress Ambassador 2016

Associate Professor Jaana Sorvari from Aalto University’s School of Engineering has been chosen as Espoo Ambassador 2016. Espoo Ambassador operates as a congress ambassador of Espoo in Finland and abroad. The award was presented 24th of August 2016 during the annual Espoo Ambassador event at Aalto University Design Factory. Professor Sorvari is the 8th Espoo Ambassador.

The decision was based in Sorvari’s active work in national and international scientific research groups and organizations. Even though Professor Sorvari is still a newcomer in the business of organizing international conferences, she has shown enthusiasm and courage to take up the challenge.

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11.8.2016

New boutique hotel opened in Helsinki – HotelF6

Unique boutique Hotel F6 is located at the city center of Helsinki. It is a family owned hotel with home-like feeling and customer oriented service.

Hotel F6 is situated right at the city center on a side street of well-known Esplanade. Everything is just a few minutes’ walk away. If you want peace and quiet you can find it in hotels tranquil courtyard.

There are 66 rooms in the hotel and they are refurbished elegantly and stylish, but at the same time they are very cozy and warm. Materials are high quality and not just for style but also for sustainability. This shows in all of hotels choices, for example, hotels electricity is produced with wind and water.

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28.6.2016

Germans impressed with Finland’s innovative conference expertise

German Convention Bureau (GCB), the European Association of Event Centres (EVVC) in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO, conducted a benchmarking visit to Finland in May together with Finpro’s Finland Convention Bureau, Helsinki Convention Bureau and Visit Espoo.

As one of the leading conference countries in the world, Germany is constantly developing and renewing its activities. One of the latest innovations is the Future Meeting Space project built around the idea of a shift in conference culture and the utilisation of current development trends.

The institutions behind the project, the German Convention Bureau (GCB), the European Association of Event Centres (EVVC) in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO, conducted a benchmarking visit to Finland in May together with Finpro’s Finland Convention Bureau, Helsinki Convention Bureau and Visit Espoo. For two days, Finns presented their expertise in eight locations. Special attention was paid to Huone Events Hotel for its original service concept and story, the Finnish Nature Centre Haltia for its exotic atmosphere, and Finlandia Hall and Helsinki Music Centre for their beautiful architecture.

“Our trip to Finland was truly an eye-opening experience. Helsinki is a great place for mapping innovations and new ideas related to conference travel. Some of the most fascinating things included focusing on new sustainable solutions and the integration of the young generation,” says Heike Mahmoud of visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office, one of the five supporting partners.

“Finland is a country full of creativity, thrilling ideas, sustainability, a content-related link between science, research and innovation for meeting spaces.”, tells Matthias Schultze, Managing Director of GCB German Convention Bureau e.V.

Finland was visited by 76,000 conference tourists last year. Finland attracts visitors particularly with its unspoilt nature, start-up culture and exotic charm.

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22.6.2016

New event facilities in Tampere Hall

Concert and Congress Centre Tampere Hall is experiencing the biggest makeover in its 25-year history. Several projects are intended to boost the Hall’s competitiveness: the new event facility extension in May 2016, revamped restaurants and lobby point in Winter 2016 and Spring 2017, and the Moomin Museum, which will open in May 2017.

Concert and Congress Centre Tampere Hall is experiencing the biggest makeover in its 25-year history and driving for an increase in revenue and visitor volume in the upcoming years. Several projects are intended to boost the Hall’s competitiveness: the new event facility extension in May 2016, revamped restaurants and lobby point in Winter 2016 and Spring 2017, and the Moomin Museum, which will open in May 2017, just in time to celebrate Finland’s 100th independence anniversary. Valued at around EUR 22 million, the overall renovation of the Hall and its services serves to increase the already-strong appeal and development of the Tampere region.

The extensive investments of Tampere Hall made in 2015–2017 are the result of collaboration between its owner, City of Tampere authorities, and various regional and national partners. The first visible results of the project were revealed in May 2016, when three new meeting and event facilities – Maestro, Riffi and Duetto 1 & 2 – were opened in the renovated area.

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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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18.3.2016

Finland for Meetings, events & incentives 1/2016

Welcome to meet Finland and see what we have to offer for you and your clients.

Welcome to meet Finland and see what we have to offer for you and your clients.

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24.2.2016

Helsinki, world`s 2nd safest city!

Safety is one of the reason`s you should consider when choosing your next meeting destination.

The rankings assessed 230 cities worldwide, taking into account internal stability, crime levels, performance of local law enforcement and relationship with other countries.

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