Finland reports record year for congresses

Finland reported its best year ever for congresses in 2014, resulting in a £95m boost to its economy.

Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki, Finland

The Finland Convention Bureau (FCB) reported that there were 708 congresses held in the country in 2014, with record attendance figures of 79,000. Helsinki was the base for more than half of the international congresses, though significant events were also held in Espoo, Tampere, Turku and Jyväskyla.

The growth in congress travel was an exception in Finland’s economic situation, where growth rates in general tourism declined.

FCB's convention director, Leena Sipilä, said: "Our previous best year had been 2013, but last year exceeded even 2013's figures, despite our fears that the economic decline would take its toll. We are more than happy.

"We are organising our first corporate event marketing show in China, because we believe there are new opportunities and customers to be found there. Our strengths, in addition to know-how, are safety and accessibility."

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