• Helsinki attracts over 30,000 congress visitors this summer. (c) Kim Öhman
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Helsinki attracts over 30,000 congress visitors this summer

PRESS RELEASE 1.9.2016

Helsinki continues to be one of the most popular congress cities in the world. According to the latest Union of International Associations (UIA) statistics, Helsinki is ranked 24th. Over 30,000 people attended international association meetings in Helsinki between May and August 2016.

Alongside the thousands of cruise visitors, the large number of congress visitors has added to the international atmosphere in the Finnish capital this summer. International association meetings with more than 500 participants each have included the Congress of the International Council on Combustion Engines (28th CIMAC World Congress), the 40th Nordic Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology (NFOG 2016), the international convention of the Jehovah's Witnesses, the ICANN56 Policy Forum (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), Annual Meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE 2016) and the European Association of Urban History’s 13th International Conference on Urban History held at the end of August.

“Congress organisers are clearly interested in Helsinki, and there is a lot of demand also for the coming years. For example, we are already working on projects for congresses to be held in 2023,” says Kaiju Pitkänen, Convention Director at the Helsinki Convention & Events Bureau.

Helsinki’s advantages include its reliability, high-quality services, excellent connections, stable conditions and cleanliness. 

“Our ability to attract major congresses is also facilitated by the high standard or research in many scientific fields,” Pitkänen adds.

Last year Helsinki attracted 275 international association meetings that were attended by more than 35,200 people and generated 66.5 million euros in tourism income for the city.

“Although we are still in the middle of the current congress season, we expect excellent figures also for this year based on the busy summer we have had.”

Helsinki’s accommodation capacity continues to grow, which is good news for congress organisers. The Clarion Hotel Helsinki (425 rooms) opens in October and the Hotel St. George (150 rooms) next summer.

In June 2017 Helsinki will host the world’s biggest annual scientific meeting in the field of allergology and clinical immunology. Almost 8000 people are expected to attend the annual congress of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI 2017) to be held at Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre. The congress is expected to generate over 15 million euros in tourism income for Helsinki.

“A single congress visitor generates an average of 1887 euros in tourism income for Helsinki. It’s good that the economic benefits of congress tourism are now being recognised,” Pitkänen adds.

Further information: 
Kaiju Pitkänen, Convention Director, Helsinki Convention & Events Bureau, kaiju.pitkanen@hel.fi


Updated 17/11/2016