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Helsinki attracts over 30,000 congress visitors in summer 2016

Helsinki continues to be one of the most popular congress cities in the world. According to the latest Union of International Associations (UIA) statistics, Helsinki is ranked 24th. Over 30,000 people attended international association meetings in Helsinki between May and August 2016.
Alongside the thousands of cruise visitors, the large number of congress visitors added to the international atmosphere in the Finnish capital this summer. International association meetings with more than 500 participants each have included the Congress of the International Council on Combustion Engines (28th CIMAC World Congress), the 40th Nordic Congress of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (NFOG 2016), the international convention of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the ICANN56 Policy Forum (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the Annual Meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE 2016) and the European Association of Urban History’s 13th International Conference on Urban History held at the end of August.
Last year, Helsinki attracted 275 international association meetings that were attended by more than 35,200 people and generated 66.5 million euros in tourism income for the city.
Helsinki’s accommodation capacity continues to grow, which is good news for congress organisers. The Clarion Hotel Helsinki (425 rooms) opens in October and the Hotel St. George (150 rooms) will open next summer.
In June 2017, Helsinki will host the world’s biggest annual scientific meeting in the field of allergology and clinical immunology. Almost 8000 people are expected to attend the annual congress of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI 2017), to be held at Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre. The congress is expected to generate over 15 million euros in tourism income for Helsinki.


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