• Helsinki to host world’s biggest allergy congress in 2017. (c) Jussi Hellsten/Visit Helsinki
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World’s biggest allergy congress, to be hosted by Helsinki in 2017, expected to generate over 15 million euros

PRESS RELEASE 18.11.2015

In June 2017 Helsinki will host the world’s biggest annual scientific meeting in the field of allergology and clinical immunology. Almost 8 000 people are expected to attend the annual congress of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) 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.

EAACI Congress 2017 will be one of the biggest international scientific meetings ever held in Finland. Helsinki bid to host the meeting three times and was ultimately selected at last year’s congress in Copenhagen. According to the latest international statistics, Helsinki is the world’s 18th most popular city for international meetings.

 “Helsinki’s advantages include its leading expertise and the high level of research in many fields of science, as well as its good reputation, excellent connections and high level of services,” says Kaiju Pitkänen, Convention Director at the Helsinki Convention & Events Bureau.

The annual congress will be attended by specialist allergology physicians and researchers from around the world. The scientific programme will cover the mechanisms, diagnostics and care of allergic disorders, such as asthma, food allergies, atopic dermatitis and allergic rhinitis.

“The congress and its speakers represent pinnacle of scientific research in the field of allergology and clinical immunology. The programme also addresses caregivers and healthcare for allergological patients,” says Professor Antti Lauerma of the HUS Skin and Allergy Hospital and EAACI Congress 2017 Chair.

Each congress delegate generates an average of almost 1 900 euros in tourism income for Helsinki. Accordingly, EAACI Congress 2017 is expected to generate over 15 million euros in tourism income.

“In addition to generating tourism income, international scientific congresses are also very important for the scientific community. Attracting the EAACI annual congress to Helsinki supports in particular our aim of profiling Helsinki as the Health Capital of Northern Europe,” says Santtu von Bruun, Head of the City Competitiveness Development Unit within the Helsinki City Executive Office’s Economic Development division.

Long-term cooperation with the EAACI, Finnish experts in the field of allergology and clinical immunology, and local congress professionals played a decisive role in attracting the EAACI annual congress to Helsinki. The organiser was convinced not only by Helsinki’s advantages, but also by the upgraded facilities at Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre, including its technical and digital services.

Further information:
Visit Helsinki/Helsinki Convention & Events Bureau:
Kaiju Pitkänen, Convention Director, kaiju.pitkanen@hel.fi, tel. +358 9 310 78188
Johanna Grönberg, Project Manager, johanna.gronberg@hel.fi, tel. +358 9 310 25863

HUS Skin and Allergy Hospital:
Antti Lauerma, Professor, antti.lauerma@hus.fi, tel. +358 9 471 86304