HELSINKI IS ATTRACTIVE

Helsinki is the most popular city for international association meetings in the Nordic region and the 15th most popular congress city in the world. (UIA 2016)

Congresses arranged in Messukeskus broke their participant records

The congress year 2017 was the busiest ever for Messukeskus Helsinki. Finland, Helsinki and Messukeskus truly showed what they are made of, as almost all international congresses arranged in the summer of 2017 broke their participant records, bringing a total of 27,600 visitors to Messukeskus. There was all together 71,734 visitors in 367 congresses organised in Finland. The financial impact of the congresses was 125.5 million Euros from which the impact of congresses organised in Messukeskus was over 50 million Euros to the Helsinki region.

Record-breaking congress summer 2017

  • Working week FIG 2017 (International Federation of Surveyors); 1,500 delegates (estimation 1,000)
  • Smart regions EU-conference; 800 delegates
  • EAACI 2017 (European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology); 8,100 delegates (estimation 7,000)
  • WCG 2017 (World Glaucoma Congress); 3,500 delegates (estimation 2,000)
  • Worldcon 2017 (World Science Fiction Convention); 10,000 visitors (estimation 6,000)
  • AMEE 2017 (International Association for Medical Education); 3,700 delegates (estimation 3,500)

EAACI congress broke their visitor record in Helsinki!

“Intense international competition for congresses calls for a long-term approach. At present, we are negotiating congress contracts stretching well into the 2020s. We do a significant part of this work in close cooperation with Business Finland, Visit FinlandHelsinki Marketing and various convention bureaus,” tells Anni Vepsäläinen, Messukeskus CEO.

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Upcoming congresses in Messukeskus Helsinki

  • EPP 2018 Congress (European People’s Party), November 7–8, 2018 (estimation 2,000 participants)
  • SETAC 2019 (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry), May 26–30, 2019 (estimation 2,000 participants)
  • HIMSS & HEALTH 2.0 June 13, 2019, June 11, 2020, June 10, 2021
  • EAIE 2019 (European Association for International Education), September 24–27, 2019 (estimation 5,000 participants)
  • EuroSpine 2019 (The Spine Society of Europe), October 15–18, 2019 (estimation 2,500 participants)
  • TRA2020 (Transport Reserach Arena), April 26–30, 2020 (4000 delegates)
  • EAPC 2021 (Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care), May 19–22, 2021 (2800 delegates)
  • EAS 2021 (European Atherosclerosis Society) May 28–June 1, 2021 (2500 delegates)
  • EAN 2022 (European Academy of Neurology) , June 4–7, 2022 (6000 delegates)

Previous congresses in Messukeskus Helsinki

  • ESHRE 2016 (European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology); 9,700 delegates & exhibitors
  • ESERA 2015 (European Science Education Research Association); 1,400 delegates
  • ISSRT 2014 (International Society of Radiographers & Radiological Technologists)
  • ITS European Congress 2014 (The Intelligent Transport System Portal); 2,500 delegates
  • ISW 2013 (International Surgical Week); 2,100 delegates
  • World Library and Information Congress; IFLA General Conference and Assembly (2012); 4,200 delegates
  • ECP 2011 (European Congress of Pathology) 2,300 delegates
  • ESA 2010 (European Society of Anaesthesiology) 5,500 delegates

"The personnel truly went the extra mile to make this event a success."

- Hans-Peter Siefen, CEO of the Nordic Business Forum

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Bruno Van den Eede, Managing Director, ESHRE Central Office, Belgium

”Helsinki’s immaculate reputation as a congress city and Messukeskus premises influenced our decision. It was my pleasure to work with all of you and I think I can easily say that it has been one of the smoothest meeting organisations ever :)”

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What creates the best customer experience?

"Sticking to the timetable, attention to detail and surprising your guests with something unexpected." – Nina Harlin, Business Director of the Aromi magazine

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Céline Nieuwenhuys, Congress Manager, MCI – the global event management company responsible for the ITS European Congress for intelligent transport systems

“Organising a congress at Messukeskus Helsinki was a very positive experience. The team was helpful, professional and easy to work with. They will go to extremes to get everything running smoothly”

Messukeskus case studies

Learn from the experienced and get new ideas from inspiring event organizers. These case studies are there to help you – come up with interesting themes and stunning details to surprise your guests. Take a look at the stories from our congress venue.

CASE: Nordic Business Forum

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CASE: EAACI

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CASE: ESHRE

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