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Knowledge the spur for Helsinki's record-breaking meetings

The Finnish capital hosted 38,000 delegates this summer as attendance records smashed

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Local expertise helped Helsinki attract 150 international association meetings this summer.

The Finnish capital hosted 38,000 congress visitors between May and September, an increase of 8,000 on last year, who added around EUR50m to the city’s economy.

Helsinki became the most popular city for international association meetings in the Nordic region last year and the 15th most popular congress city in the world, according to statistics published by the Union of International Associations (UIA) in June.

“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,” said Ines Antti-Poika, Convention Director at Helsinki Marketing.

The World Glaucoma Congress was attended by the highest number of participants in its history, attracting almost 3,500 participants instead of the anticipated 3,000.

The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI 2017) annual congress was also attended by a record number of delegates - 8,100 - which exceeded expectations.

“We received really positive feedback from participants of both congresses regarding how well these events were organised and about the quality of Helsinki as the host city. 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,” Antti-Poika added.

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