Messukeskus to switch to barrier-free parking from 2019 onwards

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Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo & Convention Centre will reform its parking services starting next year by adopting the barrier-free Autopay system. The change will streamline traffic, clarify the selection of available ticket products and add new payment methods for customers.

The new system is based on identifying vehicle registration plate numbers during entry and exit. With the reform, the entrance barriers to Messukeskus parking areas are removed and printed parking tickets will become a thing of the past.

“The new system will allow for faster and smoother parking service. Autopay is ideal for parking areas such as Messukeskus with high customer turnover. The project is extensive, as Messukeskus receives some 1.2 million visitors each year,” says Mika Vakkilainen, Service and Production Director at Messukeskus.

“Messukeskus is in an ideal position to benefit from the advantages of our Autopay parking service. As large numbers of customers exit the area over a short period of time, the parking system must be flexible in order to avoid congestion. We also offer a wider range of payment methods to best meet the needs of customers,” says Christer Hede, Managing Director of EuroPark.

The Messukeskus Car Park and parking areas have a total of 4,600 parking spaces for vehicles. The Messukeskus Car Park also serves customers to other venues in the area, such as Hartwall Arena and Linnanmäki.

Affordable daily rate and additional payment methods

Messukeskus continues to offer parking at an affordable daily rate, instead of the hourly pricing typically used by other parking facilities in the Pasila area. The cost of parking is 12 euros for the first 24 hours, with subsequent days at a discounted rate.

With the reform, the number of ticket products will also be reduced and clarified. The new options are daily and monthly parking, as well as yearly parking intended particularly for contractors and partners. Meeting organisers and companies holding customer events, for example, can offer parking for their guests. As before, disabled parking is free of charge.

The reform will introduce new payment options for visitors parking at Messukeskus. The parking fee may be paid at a pay station, on the Autopay website, by mobile payment using the EasyPark app, or by invoice. Parking customers can also register in the Autopay system, after which parking fees for registered vehicles are charged automatically from the user’s payment card.

At the same time, Messukeskus has placed strong emphasis on developing services for electric vehicles by increasing the number of universal charging stations.

The Messukeskus parking reform is implemented in partnership with EuroPark.

Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre promotes Finnish trade and industry by enabling productive face-to-face contacts at trade shows, conventions, conferences and other events. Exhibitions and fairs are Finland’s seventh largest media. In terms of impact, they are the most profitable, the richest in experiences, and the most social of all media. In 2017, Messukeskus organised 75 exhibitions and more than 2,000 meetings and conferences, which attracted 9,400 exhibitors and 1.2 million visitors. The owner of Messukeskus Helsinki, the Finnish Fair Corporation, celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2019.| www.messukeskus.com, @messukeskus

EuroPark Finland Oy provides convenient and customer-friendly parking services. EuroPark operates car parks in central Helsinki and at Helsinki Airport, and a new Autopay car park at Messukeskus, Expo and Convention Centre Helsinki. Further information at www.europark.fi

For further information, please contact:

Messukeskus Helsinki | Mika Vakkilainen, Service and Production Director, tel. +358 (0)50 5669 357, mika.vakkilainen@messukeskus.com Tarja Gordienko, Communications Manager, tel. +358 50 5847 262, tarja.gordienko@messukeskus.com.

EuroPark | Christer Hede, Managing Director, tel. +358 (0)207 907 311, ch@europark.fi

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