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EAHAD congress expected to generate almost 2 million euros in tourism revenues for Helsinki

PRESS RELEASE 11.2.2015

The international EAHAD 2015 congress that begins today has brought to Helsinki over 1200 experts in haemophilia.

Helsinki is honoured to host the 8th Annual Congress of the European Association for Haemophilia and Allied Disorders at Finlandia Hall from 11 to 13 February 2015. The Unit of Coagulation Disorders of Helsinki University Central Hospital worked together with the Helsinki Convention & Events Bureau of Visit Helsinki to attract this major congress to the Finnish capital.

The congress is expected to generate almost two million euros in tourism revenues for Helsinki.

We are extremely satisfied that Helsinki is able to host such an important meeting of top international experts. Seldom do we get to host such a large gathering of experts here in Finland in the middle of winter, especially one that will have such a positive impact on Helsinki also in terms of tourism income,” says Kaiju Pitkänen, Project Manager at the Helsinki Convention & Events Bureau.

Helsinki Convention & Events Bureau has played a central role in the planning for the congress.

The support we received in planning the congress and ideas for implementing it were very important for marketing the event and its success. Working together for this congress has helped enhance visibility both for the City of Helsinki and for Helsinki University Central Hospital, while also creating a positive image of our expertise,” says Riitta Lassila, President of the Organising Committee for EAHAD 2015 and Professor of Coagulation Disorders at Helsinki University Central Hospital.

Each year Helsinki Convention & Events Bureau provides support for over a hundred congresses held in the Finnish capital. The bureau offers a wide range of services to congress organisers free of charge, such as help in the application process and advance marketing. In 2013 international association meetings attracted over 31,000 delegates to Helsinki and generated approximately 51 million euros in tourism revenues.

Further information: Kaiju Pitkänen, Project Manager, Visit Helsinki/Helsinki Convention & Events Bureau, kaiju.pitkanen@hel.fi, t.+358 9 310 78188. www.visithelsinki.fi, www.eahad2015.com