Helsinki sees record number of conferences

More international meetings in 2014 than ever before
Helsinki’s MICE sector is booming. More international association meetings were held in the Finnish capital in 2014 than in any other previous year, the city’s convention bureau reports – congresses that attracted over 40,000 visitors and generated about €75 million in tourism income.
Helsinki hosted almost half of all of the congresses held in Finland last year. A total of 310 international association meetings were organised there during the year. The majority of the 40,000 delegates who attended were in the fields of mathematics and the natural sciences, medicine, the social sciences and history, economics, management and communications.
“Helsinki’s popularity as an international congress city is growing all the time. This was the third straight year that we have posted record numbers of congresses,” says Ines Antti-Poika, convention director at the Helsinki Convention & Events Bureau.
This confirms Helsinki as one of the top ten cities in the world for meetings – alongside Barcelona and Shanghai, for example – in the March edition of the US-based trade publication Smart Meetings.
In 2013, Helsinki was ranked the 20th most popular congress city in the world in an annual survey by the Union of International Associations, and it is expected to do better than that for 2014. The results will be announced in May.
This coming summer, big meetings include the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly at Finlandia Hall in July (700 participants), the 12th Convention of the International Confederation of Principals at Finlandia Hall in August (1500 participants) and the 11th biannual Conference of the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) at Messukeskus in August-September (1200 participants).
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[pictured: Finlandia Hall]

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