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21.6.2018

Turku hosts major conference on plant biology June 25-29, 2018

The city of Turku is hosting this year’s International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (ICAR). ICAR gathers 700 scientists and researchers to Finland. The conference is held at Logomo, Turku’s showpiece conference and cultural venue converted from a former railway workshop.

The city of Turku is hosting this year’s International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (ICAR) from June 25th till 29th, 2018. ICAR gathers 700 scientists and researchers to Finland. The event is annual and rotates through America, Australasia and Europe, with the last two events held in South Korea and St Louis, Missouri in the USA.

This year’s conference is held at Logomo, Turku’s showpiece conference and cultural venue converted from a former railway workshop.

Conference organiser Dr. Michael Wrzaczek says that “we wanted to hold the event in a smaller city” of why Turku was chosen as the event’s destination.

“It has never been held in northern Europe before,” says Wrzaczek. “This time we were offered the chance, and since most of the work in this kind of plant research in Finland uses Arabidopsis it was regarded as a great opportunity to bring the conference here.”

One Finnish strength in the context of ICAR, he continues, is the unique opportunity to bring together Finland’s considerable expertise in the field and imprint it on the conference, integrating research areas that are traditionally fairly separate.

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20.6.2018

Finland reaps success in congresses, places in global top 20

Finland continues to hold its spot on the world’s top 20 list. In 2017, Finland hosted 791 international congresses for various organisations with a combined total of 111,188 guests. Finland also has considerable potential for growth.

The competition for international congresses is fierce among organising nations, but Finland continues to hold its spot on the world’s top 20 list. What’s more, Finland also has considerable potential for growth.

 

Finland is ranked highly on international lists of top nations for congresses. The Union of International Associations’ annual statistic has Finland on a shared 19th place with Sweden. In 2017, Finland hosted 791 international congresses for various organisations with a combined total of 111,188 guests. The listing includes 166 countries and a total of 1,104 cities. Helsinki placed 20th.

“Finland hosts several times more congresses than our size and stature would predict. We have a strong international reputation as an event organiser”, says Mervi Toivonen from Business Finland’s Finland Convention Bureau.

 

Finland is the new hot ticket

The top spots on UIA’s list are held by household nations in Central Europe, where numerous international organisations are also headquartered. Finland’s main assets are safety and efficiency in addition to our fascinating location. Finland is currently enjoying a surge in international attention, which is also reflected in congress travel.

“When all the familiar destinations become old hat, new options start to make sense. Travellers are more interested in Finland than ever before, and we should definitely strike while the iron is hot. Resources spent on travel marketing also benefit other export industries – especially the event industry”, Toivonen explains.

Sweden caught up with Finland this year, and Denmark and Norway are right on our heels.

“We’re putting in great work, but so are others. The competition is very tough, and landing a congress seems to take more and more effort every time. Globally, the congress industry is worth billions of euros. With more effort and funding, we could truly become a major player in the field”, Toivonen adds.

 

Congresses improve national brand image and employ Finns

The event industry’s national marketing association, Finland Convention Bureau (FCB), is part of the newly formed Business Finland organisation. Finland has pioneered an approach where acquiring and organising international congresses and promoting Finland as an event location is integrated into other operations that promote export, research and innovation.

“Exporting Finnish know-how and innovations is much easier when we have more congresses in our country. Remember, there are congresses for every industry and field imaginable. This is why we as Finns should promote Finland as a location for congresses when we travel and meet with international partners. Every congress organised in Finland brings in considerable revenue and other benefits, both for our economy and our national image”, Toivonen says.

In Finland, congresses are considered part of the travel industry, as they benefit many fields in the industry, such as hotels and airlines. Congresses also use a host of other products and services from various industries, such as event spaces and technology, security services, communication and advertising agencies, content production, print houses, logistics and transportation companies, restaurants and catering businesses as well as the experience industry.

“A smooth event requires expertise and effort from many different fields. The industry already employs a significant number of Finns and creates considerable tax revenue.”

 

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Mervi Toivonen, Manager, Global Sales and Business Events, Visit Finland | Business Finland, +358 50 554 5050, mervi.toivonen@businessfinland.fi

Salla Salovaara, Communications Specialist, Visit Finland| Business Finland, +358 40 526 0100, salla.salovaara@businessfinland.fi

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18.6.2018

FCB and partners at The Meetings Show 27-28 June in London

The FCB team and our partners will be attending The Meetings Show 2018 in London between 27-28 June. You can find us at the stand D501.

The FCB team and our partners will be attending The Meetings Show 2018 in London between 27-28 June. You can find us at the stand D501.

At our stand you can update your information on Finland, a Nordic country that is both a winter wonderland and a serene summer haven – and, according to the UN, the world’s happiest country, too.

Finland has a strong international reputation when it comes to organising corporate events and conferences. Finns are experienced event organisers, and all services are first class. In recent years, Finland has consistently ranked among top 20 congress destinations in the world.

Please read more on our exhibiting partners at The Meetings Show and book your appointments.

We are excited to #MeetYouAtTheShow!

 

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25.5.2018

Marriott International arrives in Finland and opens its first hotel in Tampere

At the end of 2019, the Marriott International hotel chain will open its first hotel in Finland in connection with Tampere Hall. The hotel to be built in Tampere is part of the Courtyard by Marriott hotel brand, which is directed at modern business travellers and families.

n the Tampere Courtyard by Marriott hotel, there will be 11 aboveground floors and 229 hotel rooms. Reservations for rooms can be made starting 6 months before the hotel opens. The hotel project is expected to have a great impact on Finland’s attractiveness and the international recognition of the entire country

‘It is important for Marriott International to establish a larger presence in the Nordic Countries and particularly in Finland. Tampere is one of the central cities in the country. It is a growing and vibrant city whose multiple development projects promise an interesting future for it. We expect our hotel to attract visitors and events to Tampere from across the world’, describes Tuomas Laakso, the development manager of Marriott International in Central and Northern Europe.

Lauri Lyly, the mayor of Tampere, is pleased with the fact that of all the cities in Finland, Tampere is the place where the first Marriot hotel will be opened: ‘The hotel will give a nice internationality boost to our city, and it will make a great addition to our event, culture, and travel offering. The Marriot hotel chain has over 100 million loyal customers around the world, and now they will have a good reason to come to Tampere’, says Lyly.
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23.5.2018

Espoo to serve international conference delegates only local produced vegetarian food and fish

From 2018 onwards, as the first Convention Bureau in Finland, Visit Espoo has made a commitment to only serve vegetarian food accompanied with fish that is sustainably fished from the Baltic Sea and surrounding lakes.

Visit Espoo oversees the arrangements of Espoo city receptions and hospitality for international association conferences. From 2018 onwards, as the first Convention Bureau in Finland, Visit Espoo has made a commitment to only serve vegetarian food accompanied with fish that is sustainably fished from the Baltic Sea and surrounding lakes. This commitment is part of the Finnish Society’s Commitment to Sustainable Development (sitoumus2050.fi).
“This is a great step for Visit Espoo to support the city’s sustainable development goals and the same time continue our own sustainability work towards more sustainable meetings in Espoo. Together with our pledge to leave red meat out of city reception menus, we are also aiming to reduce food waste by requiring pre-registrations for the occasions” says Miikka Valo, Convention Manager for Visit Espoo.
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12.4.2018

Experience Finland and White Night Magic at IMEX!

Find out about Finland’s high class services in stunning natural surroundings at our stand F260

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8.3.2018

Another record year for congresses in Finland

2017 saw more congresses organised in Finland than ever before. Last year totalled 791 congresses for international organisations with a record-breaking 111,188 guests, an increase of 22% from the previous year.

Most of the congresses were held in the Helsinki region. For 2017, the number of congresses in Helsinki increased by 28% and by 54% in Espoo. Tampere, Turku and Jyväskylä maintained their ranking among the top five cities to host congresses in terms of guests. Jyväskylä and Kuopio also showed a positive trend by hosting more congresses and guests than in previous years.

“This is the second year in a row that we’ve seen substantial growth for both the number of congresses and guests. The processes involved can be lengthy and international competition is fierce. Therefore these results are definitely a sign of long-term success with procurement”, says Mervi Toivonen from Business Finland’s Finland Convention Bureau.

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27.2.2018

Messukeskus Helsinki started the hotel renovation – the objective is the best event hotel in Northern Europe

Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre, will renovate its Holiday Inn hotel’s rooms and service concept in a year long project. The new concept will bring the fair program to be a part of the hotel guest’s service experience and will also revolutionize the restaurant world of the Messukeskus.

The hotel renovation that is starting now will cover the entire building, from hotel rooms to service points and from technology to interior design. At the same time the service concept will be tailor-made to meet the needs of clients participating in the Messukeskus events.

“1.2 million different kinds of visitors visit the Messukeskus every year; there is something happening in the halls and meeting rooms all the time. Our milieu is unique. In addition to business travellers, our revamped hotel will provide unique service particularly to families with children,” says Anni Vepsäläinen, Managing Director of the Messukeskus.

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13.2.2018

Professor of neurology Hilkka Soininen is the first Kuopio ambassador

Hilkka Soininen, professor of neurology at the University of Eastern Finland and senior physician of neurology at Kuopio University Hospital, is Kuopio’s first congress ambassador. Soininen is active in international research and she represents gloriously the expertise of her area in the world.

The rewarder, Kuopio Convention Bureau, emphasizes Soininen’s activity in domestic and foreign research teams. She also actively invites both domestic and international congresses to Kuopio, promoting the growth of congress tourism in the region.
– Kuopio Ambassador selection highlights the importance of scientific congresses for the researcher, the organization she represents, the city of Kuopio, the entire region and the companies in the area, says Kirsi Vartiainen, Marketing Manager at Kuopio Convention Bureau.
– With the Kuopio Center for Neurology, Soininen has organized more than twenty international congresses focusing on neurological diseases research, continues Vartiainen.

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8.1.2018

Symphony of Extremes, Born from Finnish DNA

Composer Eicca Toppinen is one of the most famous Finnish musicians in the world. His band Apocalyptica and their symphonic heavy metal music has been winning over hearts since 1993.

Composer Eicca Toppinen is one of the most famous Finnish musicians in the world. His band Apocalyptica and their symphonic heavy metal music has been winning over hearts since 1993. Eicca, who lives in the woods of Sipoo near Helsinki, finds different extremes and their combinations fascinating in his personal life as well.

Finland is a nation of extreme differences. Not only in our seasons and nature, but people as well. To celebrate Finland’s centennial, Visit Finland delved into our nation’s character more vocally than ever before by turning the Finnish genotype into music.

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15.12.2017

Visit Finland Christmas Calendar

Visit Finland is celebrating Finland’s 100th year of independence with a Christmas Calendar.

Visit Finland is celebrating Finland’s 100th year of independence with a Christmas Calendar. This is how it works:
Every day a new window can be opened. Behind each window is a question about Finland. Once answered correctly, you can participate in a contest to win a bag full of Finnish design and goodies!

There is a new bag to be won every day for 23 days. On the 24th one can participate to win the main prize: flights for two to Finland during year 2018!

The calendar image is designed by Matti Pikkujämsä, Helsinki-based artist. Find the Christmas Calendar here.

Merry Christmas!

Ps. The contest is over and the winners have been contacted via e-mail.

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26.10.2017

Finland for Meetings, events & incentives 2/2017

Meet celebrating Finland at IBTM Barcelona! Find out about Finland’s high class services in stunning natural surroundings at our stand E05

Meet celebrating Finland at IBTM Barcelona! Find out about Finland’s high class services in stunning natural surroundings at our stand E05

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7.9.2017

Docent Pia Siljander is this year’s Scientific Conference Power Player

This year’s Scientific Conference Power Player prize was awarded to Docent Pia Siljander from the University of Helsinki.

Pia Siljander was awarded for her efforts to promote the organisation of international scientific conferences in Finland. The EUR 5000 award was donated by the Finnish Fair Foundation. Docent Pia Siljander works as a University Lecturer in the Biochemistry Of Health in the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Helsinki.

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6.9.2017

Professor of Wood Architecture Pekka Heikkinen awarded as the Espoo Ambassador 2017

Professor Pekka Heikkinen from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture has been selected as the Espoo Ambassador 2017.

Pekka Heikkinen is considered to be Finland’s leading expert in wood construction and eco-efficient building design. He has been awarded in several architectural competitions. In 2011, Heikkinen won the prestigious Schweighofer Innovation Preis with TU Munich, NTNU Trondheim and Aalto University’s joint TES Energy Facade research project. Last year, the Wood Architecture Student Group Wood Program was awarded with the international World Architecture News Award.

In June 2016, Heikkinen was the lead organizer of the International Forum Wood Building Nordic conference at the Aalto University Otaniemi Campus, in Espoo. The conference, as a part of the German International Forum Holzbau concept, is the main event of wood construction in the Nordic countries. It gathered almost 400 construction industry researchers, architects, developers, authorities, and industry and trade representatives to Espoo.

(In the picture from left Mayor of the City of Espoo Jukka Mäkelä, Professor and Espoo Ambassador Pekka Heikkinen, CEO Espoo Marketing Jaana Tuomi)

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14.7.2017

Finland is a country to be discovered

Delegates attending the Meeting & Incentive Forum in Helsinki said that they would absolutely consider bringing customers to Finland and spending some leisure time here, too.

The first ever Meeting & Incentive Forum in Finland was held in Helsinki on 9–13 July. The 130 experts from the international business event and congress industry did not only get a chance to meet suppliers from several countries, but also had a fantastic opportunity to see and explore Finland and its capital.

We interviewed a few of the delegates at the end of their second day at Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa. None of them had ever been to Finland before and had little expectations, if any. Attending the M&I Forum in Helsinki was a good reason for them to come and to experience the destination with their own eyes.

During their two days in Helsinki they discovered a few of Helsinki’s top meeting and congress facilities and experienced a range of activities the city and the surrounding archipelago has to offer. They considered Finnish people to be friendly and welcoming and said that they would absolutely consider bringing customers to Finland and spending some leisure time here, too.

Things they said

Jo le Hec’h-Besson, International Venue Finder, Helms Briscoe, France says she is now able to propose Finland to her clients: “I wanted to come here first to see it with my own eyes, to be able to speak to my clients about Helsinki and Finland. I am very impressed by its simplicity, nature, ecology and safety – yes, it seems very safe and very clean. I am really going to talk a lot about this place!”

 

 

“Finland is about going back to the real values. We Israelis are very close to nature as well. We like trekking, cycling and doing sports… so being in such a country that has so much water and so much greenery, for us it’s like WOW! From what I’ve experienced people are very lively and all in all, it’s an extremely welcoming country. I would say: to be discovered!” says Eric Ben-Harrous, Corporate Dept Manager, Kenes International, Israel.

 

“I’m kind of exploring the North. Finland is famous for its school system and for the way of living. I’ve heard people say that ”they are doing everything right in Finland” so I thought okay, let’s have a look!” says Alexandra Seppi, Head of Congress Department, AIM Group, Austria. “I’d like to see the aurora borealis and, oh, the white nights! I’m really enjoying it, because yesterday evening I wasn’t tired! I didn’t get tired because if it’s still bright outside, why should I go to bed?”

 

“My first impressions on Finland are friendly people, a lot of nature and some really nice activities to do around”, says Andreas Miksche, Country Manager, Mertel Events, Austria after winning in a game of “Mölkky”, which is a very popular Finnish throwing game. “Yes, I refer to Mölkky, which is one of them”, he says laughingly, “but also the other things like sightseeing by tram, rib boat travel and things like that. It’s always nice to have a range of activities to offer to clients. In Finland I would target to Lapland because my clients are mostly interested in winter sports and activities.”

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10.7.2017

M&I Forum draws lucrative business events to Finland

The event will introduce many visitors to Finland, increasing awareness on international markets.

The first ever Meeting & Incentive Forum in Finland is a notable opportunity to market the country as a destination and to convince a large group of international event organisers of Finland’s offerings and services. The event is believed to bring in more business events to Finland, increasing revenue from travel.

The M&I Forum, held at Clarion Hotel Helsinki on 9–13 July, will be attended by 130 experts from the international business event and congress industry. They are looking for new, exciting venues for meetings, incentive trips, product launches and customer events. The attendees are mostly from Europe, but buyers from Asia and the Middle East are also present. These markets are especially attractive for Finland, as their potential is mostly untapped.

Seeing is believing

The visitors not only get to meet sellers from several countries, but also have a fantastic chance to see and explore Finland and its capital. The event will introduce many visitors to Finland, increasing awareness on international markets.

“The event is a great opportunity for Finnish service providers to create truly memorable experiences. It offers a chance to showcase our expertise and sell services in a very tangible manner. Positive experiences will foster our image and help Finland get on the shortlist for more future events”, Mervi Toivonen from Finpro’s Finland Convention Bureau states.

Travel industry expected to benefit significantly

Congresses and business events are universally desirable for the considerable revenue they bring to the hosting nation. These events have considerable budgets, but the attendees also spend many times more during their trip than typical holidaymakers. Successful events are bound to increase the hosting nation’s reputation and appeal among event organisers.

Previous M&I Forums are estimated to have brought in millions of euros for their hosts. The size and audience of the Helsinki Forum merit a projection of 211 of new events and €16.9 million of travel revenue for Finland, the average budget for each event being €80,000.

“Naturally, it is impossible to accurately predict the overall impact of a positive experience, but word of mouth is known to be a very effective marketing tool in the event industry. We expect the event to attract customers that would be hard to reach through other channels”, Toivonen says.

 

For more information, contact:

Mervi Toivonen, Manager, Global Sales and Business Events, Finpro, Visit Finland, Finland Convention Bureau, +358 50 554 5050, mervi.toivonen@finpro.fi

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Arktikum - stories about the people of the North Arktikum provides a unique insight into the way of life, culture and history of the North. It is a museum, science…

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Finlandia Hall in Helsinki is the leading congress, event and entertainment venue in Finland. Centrally located, in park-like surroundings, Finlandia Hall is ideal for conferences and exhibitions, as well as…

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The impressive wooden congress and concert centre rose on the Lake Vesijärvi waterfront in spring 2000. The main source of inspiration in the design was the Finnish forests. Sibelius Hall…

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The new congress and culture center of the Åland Islands was opened in March 2009. This multi-functional venue is situated in the center of the unique archipelagic city Mariehamn, in…

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