The congress year that is drawing to a close was the busiest ever for Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre. Finland, Helsinki and Messukeskus truly showed what they are made of, as almost all international science congresses arranged in the summer of 2017 broke their participant records, bringing a total of more than 25,000 visitors to Messukeskus. The financial impact of the congresses in the Helsinki region exceeded EUR 40 million.
Messukeskus has carried out major renovations on its facilities and upgraded its technical and digital services to a level required by top international events. Helsinki’s trumps include top know-how, high-quality research in many fields of science, good reputation, excellent transport connections and high-quality services.
Messukeskus maintains close contacts with Finnish universities and organisations in order to support the arrangement of scientific and organisational congresses in Finland. Tours are organised in Messukeskus for foreign delegations, and Messukeskus is presented in events outside Finland as a potential congress site.
“Congress travel to Finland is increasingly popular, which is excellent. We at Messukeskus work in close cooperation with Visit Finland, Visit Helsinki and congress organisations. Our extensive and versatile partner network ensures that our customers can have successful congresses,” says Congress Manager Paula Blomster, who is in charge of international congress sales.
Some of the events this year included FIG 2017, EU’s Smart Regions Conference, the world’s largest allergy congress EAACI, and the glaucoma congress WGC 2017. In August, Messukeskus hosted the AMEE 2017 congress that focuses on the education and training of medical professionals. The pinnacle of the summer was Worldcon, the world’s oldest, largest and most recognised scifi and fantasy enthusiasts’ event, bringing thousands of science fiction fans to Messukeskus from around the world.
Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre, promotes Finnish welfare, by enabling profitable face-to-face meetings in fairs, meetings, congresses and other events. Messukeskus hosts 75 exhibitions and 2,200 meetings and congresses each year offering 7 exhibition halls, 40 convertible meeting rooms and the 4,400-seater Amfi Hall auditorium. The Holiday Inn Helsinki hotel operates within the same premises. In 2016, fairs, conventions and other events held at Messukeskus attracted 9 000 exhibitors and 1.1 million visitors.
Meet us at ibtm world 2017 exhibition, at Finland’s stand E05.