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Espoo to serve only local veggies and fish

The Finnish town’s convention centre makes a food pledge for all international conference delegates.

The convention bureau representing Espoo, a municipality 20 kilometres from Helsinki famous for its nearby natural wilderness, has vowed to feed visiting delegates only vegetarian food and sustainably sourced fish.

Visit Espoo oversees arrangements for city receptions and hospitality for international conferences. Now it is the first convention bureau in Finland to make such a commitment.

From now on, visiting conference attendees will be served vegetarian food accompanied with fish that is “sustainably fished” from the Baltic Sea and surrounding lakes.

The move is part of Finland’s sustainable development commitment ‘sitoumus2050.fi’ (commitment2050), a long-term shared objective for the country’s future.

“Responsible pioneer”
Visit Espoo, which will be attending IMEX in Frankfurt on May 15-17, aims to be one of the front-runners of sustainable meetings.

The town has already made a name for itself in the meetings world by stressing environmental and social sustainability factors and says it “wants to be a responsible pioneer”.

“It is a great step for Visit Espoo to support the city’s sustainable development goals and at the same time continue our own sustainability work towards more sustainable meetings in Espoo,” declared Miikka Valo, convention manager for Visit Espoo.

He added: “We have been building a sustainable meetings region in Scandinavia since 2010 together with Scandinavian ICCA members and now that the Scandinavian Destination Sustainability Index has expanded to Global Destination Sustainability Index, Espoo aims for progress there as well.”

In the newest of this particular International Congress and Conventional Association global ranking, Espoo placed 14th.

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