Last year, a total of 1,124,512 visitors attended exhibitions, meetings, congresses, corporate celebrations and other events at the Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre. This represents an increase of more than a 100,000 visitors on the previous year.
A total of 95 exhibitions were held, covering various sectors and fields of interest. In addition, the Exhibition & Convention Centre was a popular venue for meetings: a total of 1,631 meetings, congresses and corporate celebrations were arranged over the year. The largest international congress held at the Exhibition & Convention Centre last year, the World Library and Information Congress WLIC, brought 4,200 international visitors to the Centre.
In addition, the Exhibition & Convention Centre hosted completely new types of programme. In the summer, for the first time it served as the venue for the Summer Sound festival for electronic music. In the autumn, the world-famous motor show, Top Gear Live, premiered in Finland in the newest exhibition hall, Hall 7.
“This has been a successful year for the Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre. The organisational reform executed in the beginning of this year will further strengthen the Exhibition & Convention Centre's sales and customer service. Through organisational development, we will also open up new opportunities for the enhancement of the Exhibition & Convention Centre premises and facilities for organising events,” promises Mikko Horppu, Sales Director of the Finnish Fair Corporation.With the changes being introduced at the beginning of the year, the Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre will offer its customers an even more successful and sociable forum for meeting up – richer in experiences and providing surroundings that meet various needs in line with customer wishes. During the year just under way, the Exhibition & Convention Centre will be renewed in a variety of ways, through refurbishments of its Gallery areas, restaurants and meeting rooms. Service channels and information systems will also be renewed.