Summer congress season a success for Helsinki
Over 38 000 people attended congresses in Helsinki between May and September, generating about 50 million euros in tourism income.
The number represents a hike of more than 8 000 people in comparison to the previous summer. The visitors took part in around 150 international association meetings.
The World Glaucoma Congress recorded the highest number of participants in its history, attracting almost 3 500 participants. The annual congress of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology was also attended by a record number of participants, 8100.
“Not only has Helsinki earned a reputation for being a functional and reliable congress city, a lot of specialised expertise can also be found here – not to mention a very high level of research in many scientific fields,” says Ines Antti-Poika, convention director at Helsinki Marketing in a press release. “There is enormous competition among cities around the world to host major international meetings like these, so the positive feedback and success of these events will hopefully encourage other organisers too to shortlist Helsinki as a potential host city in the future.”
Earlier this year, the Union of International Associations announced that Helsinki is the most popular city for international association meetings in the Nordic region. Last year the total figure of congress attendees topped the records.