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CONVENTION BUREAUX: 

Finland Convention Bureau

Finland's reputation as a congress and incentive destination is internationally acclaimed. The country magically blends exciting adventures in untouched nature with modern high class services.

Finland is an event destination with a difference. In Finland you can truly satisfy the explorer within you. Step ashore on your own island or enter an untouched winter wonderland. Enjoy both action-packed thrills and soothing silence in one of the purest natural settings in the world. Finland is the fresh alternative.

Easy access
Situated in the heart of Northern Europe, Finland is easy to get to. The world's most competitive country is a technologically advanced nation that lives in harmony with the exotic nature of the north, and is a unique combination of east and west.

Nordic efficiency
The compact size of Finnish cities makes it easy to explore them on foot. These small metropolises are all the more attractive because they are tidy and safe. In Finland you can also rest assured that matters will be handled fluently and efficiently.

Contact FCB
Finland Convention Bureau provides complimentary information, consultation and assistance to all meeting planners. Together with its partners FCB is your guide when planning a meeting, incentive, conference or other event in Finland.

The representatives of the Finnish meeting industry are professional, innovative and creative. We can guide you in finding the most appropriate venue and partners for your venture. Our services cover the whole country from Helsinki to Lapland.

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Helsinki Convention Bureau

Friendly. Northern. Functional. Human scale. Easy to reach. Helsinki is all these, and much, much more! Helsinki is a modern European cultural city whose urban cosmopolitan lifestyle exists in perfect harmony with nature.

Surrounded by the sea and its own exotic archipelago, the city offers visitors an endless number of possibilities. Helsinki is a rich mix, where exotic east meets Scandinavian simplicity.

Built on the Baltic peninsula, it's a city full of contrasts. Light and white in summer, and dark, but full of warmth in winter. Modern and cutting edge, yet steeped in fascinating past.

Cosmopolitan and compact capital where form follows the function, where both sea and deep forests are just a stone's throw away. Helsinki is compact in size. Practically everything – hotels, restaurants, cafes, shops and sights – is within walking distance.

Helsinki is unique among Northern European cities. The lifestyle in the second-most northern capital city in the world is full of contrasts and activities in the form of hundreds of events and friendly people. Helsinki's identity has been formed by cultural influences from both the East and West.

The Helsinki metropolitan area offers about 12,000 hotel rooms in around 80 locations. All major conference venues are located within the city centre and can easily be reached on foot or by public transport.

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Tampere Convention Bureau

Tampere has made a name for itself as a major Nordic congress destination, particularly since the inauguration of Tampere Hall two decades ago. The city's excellent infrastructure and services meet the needs of even the most demanding congress organiser.

Tampere is a lively university town. For international congress delegates it offers an innovative academic environment and numerous interesting research centres and laboratories to visit.

Tampere Hall is the leading conference facility in Finland and a major conference and concert centre in Scandinavia. Tampere Hall hosts over 20 international conferences every year.

Tampere is a beautiful, green city between two lakes, offering an array of leisure activities, such as nordic walking, lake cruises, original sauna experiences, swimming in the fresh water lakes.

The city centre is nicely compact: all major hotels, restaurants and shops are within a convenient walking distance of each other.

Tampere is easily accessible. Tampere International Airport is served by direct flights from a number of European cities. The airport is compact and close to the city centre. You will be at your hotel half an hour after your plane has landed!

Tampere offers an extensive and experienced network of conference professionals to help with local arrangements.

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Visit Espoo Convention

Innovative spirit. Nature. High class services. Long Experience. Espoo is all about moments of inspiration, right next to the capital Helsinki!

Espoo is conveniently close yet far enough from the hustle. Espoo's location on the coast of Finland and next to Helsinki offers good traffic connections: only a half an hour from the Helsinki international airport and harbours.

The city's innovative spirit, Aalto University the Nordic countries' leading technology hub, Otaniemi and multinational companies like Nokia, Kone and Fortum attracts continuous interest from science, research and business professionals worldwide.

Here modern architecture and large corporations coexist in perfect harmony with culture and unspoilt wilderness. Espoo has 58 kilometres of seashore, 165 islands and 95 lakes to enjoy. Versatile social programmes like sauna evenings or brisk activities in nature are available.

Espoo provides first-class opportunities for meetings of all types and sizes. The best known congress facilities are Dipoli Congress Centre and Hanasaari Cultural Centre. In May 2013 new multifunctional exhibition centre, The Finnish Nature Centre Haltia, will open on the doorstep of our National Park.

Visit Espoo Convention's congress unit offers objective assistance free of charge. We will :
• help you in preliminary planning and invitation process
• prepare necessary documents and other materials
• help you to find the most suitable venue and partnerships
• make preliminary reservations of conference facilities and accommodation
• coordinate site inspection visits
• assist you to plan social programmes
• help you with hospitality arrangements
• provide promotional material

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DESTINATION MANAGEMENT:

Arctic Incentives

Traditional Lappish values, such as nature, local culture and traditions meet the modern and up-to-date design with Arctic Incentives. We are continuously seeking new solutions to create inspiring and unforgettable journeys to Lapland. Social responsibility and ecology are also essential part of the Arctic Incentives.

Arctic Incentives is able to offer the full spectrum of services.We are found in all the major Lapland resorts and we provide own activity programmes, accommodation venues and full service catering together with vast network of partners and suppliers in the area.

Arctic Incentives will help you to find the best possible solutions whether you are looking for one venue or arranging whole week all inclusive programme package.

The quality and range of our services are made possible by our 30 years of experience. Arctic Incentives has true professionals who deliver inspiring experiences in a reliable, safe and fun way.

We are proud to tell you that some of our clients have been our partners for more than 15 years. The products of Arctic Incentives are carefully designed by our innovating staff with strong incentive experience and Site memberships. Arctic Incentives is also a member of AFTA. Together we'll create high-quality and inspiring experiences for your clients. 

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Borealis Destination Management

Welcome to a destination management company which enables you to create unique travel experiences in the Nordic countries, Russia and the Baltic States.

Operating in the areas of Destination Management with MICE and tailor made leisure programmes as our expertise, the company was founded by Hans Aldal and Marcella Infantino with head office in Copenhagen.

We have colleagues in all our destinations, with products created and co-ordinated by local professionals with more than 25 years experience in the mice sector with an unique knowledge of each of our destinations.

Our TOP 3 MICE destinations are:

Finnish Lapland -  where a team of Huskies could be waiting for you at the airport for your arrival transfer to an Igloo for an overnight stay.

Moscow & St. Petersburg -  where you could be welcomed at home by a Russian family for tea and blinis and the next day you could be inside the MIR and having a talk with a Cosmonaut.

Stockholm - where you could honour your guests with a Nobel dinner at the Stockholm City Hall where an ABBA look a like concert could be the highlight of the evening.

Our team is composed of employees with a diverse cultural background as well as staff from our regions, giving us an explicit understanding of our clients' needs and wishes as well as the best regional insight.

We will ensure your clients successful trips setting the standard of excellence for destination management, by providing timely, cost effective and professional service in the Nordic region.

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Lapponia Safaris

Lapponia Safaris is privately owned DMC and activity company established already 1985. We have headquarters in Kemi - the hometown of the arctic icebreaker Sampo and the SnowCastle Kemi.

We operate in Finnish Lapland - in Kemi, Oulu and Rovaniemi and have our own fleet of snowmobiles, our own wilderness cabins and restaurants, not to forget the special saunas. Our own guides are multilingual and are the specialists in the nature.

With us you can experience snowmobile safaris, husky and reindeer safaris, long adventure safaris with overnights in forest camps. Test driving on ice with rally cars or having fun with icekarts. Break the ice with an icebreaker or take the snowshoe trip to look for the Northern Lights – Aurora Borealis.

Let our creative staff make your dreams come true! Come and let us tell more about making a perfect incentive programme for your group being it a small group that needs to be motivated and tested or a large group that needs to be thanked for the good work!

Lapponia Safaris - Wild Thing! 

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St. Lapland / Ruka Adventures

St. Lapland / Ruka Adventures has a wide range of programme services, accommodation, local restaurants and is also a Tour operator. Ruka Adventures provides activities and safaris as well as organising high-quality incentive and meeting packages in Ruka area all year round.

Long safaris in Russia and eastern Lapland are also our specialties. We also arrange packages and activities for FIT clients.

We offer you and your group the opportunity to head start by designing a total package or by providing a single adventure as Ice Karting, Snowmobile safaris, husky-, reindeer-, snowshoe and ice fishing programmes.

Accommodation can be organised for example in a high quality cottages. Transfers, meals and sauna experiences like ice sauna or smoke sauna can be booked from us. In summer our specialities are river rafting and ATV safaris, canoeing, paintball and fishing.

We are a specialists in our area and we have the ability to plan the programme suitable for each group. We have a vast network in Ruka- Kuusamo area, so we will always find the suitable package to every need.

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The Travel Experience

The Travel Experience is an award-winning privately-owned DMC based in Helsinki, established in 1998. We handle a variety of incentive, conference, and corporate groups of the highest level all over Finland, providing professional, innovative and memorable programmes to suit the particular needs and budget of each group. We also operate pre- and post-tours to St. Petersburg, Tallinn and Stockholm.

If you are looking for team-building activities, elegant venues for Gala Dinners, or just Pure Fun, Finland has something to offer, with no shortage of WOW FACTOR elements.

In winter you can surprise your guests starting directly from the airport on snowmobiles. Stay in a Snow Castle, crush through the frozen Baltic Sea on an ice breaker, and take your own husky team across the snow-covered Lappish wilderness.

In Summer, the country transforms into the Land of the Midnight Sun, when the dynamic capital of Helsinki can be enjoyed night and day. Take a midnight cruise through its archipelago, rent your own sauna island and enjoy action-packed events in the surrounding National Park.

All our Finland incentive programmes come with our expert pre-planning, hosting of inspection trips, and on-the-spot tour management. Our "Helsinki Action Weekend" incentive programme is a Best of Helsinki Awards winner.

Members of AFTA, Congress Network Finland , and Quality 1000, the national Quality Development programme for the Finnish Travel Industry. Both company directors are personal members of Site, as well as President of the Site Chapter Finland.

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HOTELS:

Scandic Hotels

Scandic meetings - stay focused all day long

At Scandic we've developed a new meeting concept together with Jamie Oliver that we call Green Creative Energy. Upon arrival, you'll immediately notice that something is different, and during the day different surprises appear when you least expect them.

We offer energy boosts in the form of exciting flavour combinations as part of our morning, lunch and afternoon buffets. Other energy boosts include flexible breaks and effective technology.

Alongside our focus on commitment and results, sustainability is a key feature of your meetings with us – from ecolabelled meeting materials and Scandic's own table water to our overarching environmental work.

A conscious meeting is largely about the respectful use of resources. That's why we provide jugs of iced water instead of bottled. We also have ecolabelled meeting materials like Swan ecolabelled pens and paper, and washable board erasers. And we serve organic, fairly traded coffee as part of our refreshment buffets. You also have the option of ordering organic food for your participants.

If you want to, there's more you can do to make your meeting more sustainable: make environmental choices about the materials used in the meeting and prioritise digital meeting documentation for participants.

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VENUES:

Helsinki Congress Paasitorni

Helsinki Congress Paasitorni  is a full service congress venue - historic, vibrant and different. A fantastic venue - conference premises, dining and accommodation all under one roof.

Distinctive meeting rooms - unique restaurants - individually designed hotel rooms (Scandic Paasi, a story hotel, opened in 2012, with 170 rooms) - sauna with panoramic terrace - floating restaurant pavilion coming soon - ISO 9001 and 14001 certified service - candidate Unesco World Heritage Site.

Top conference facilities, practical and inspiring spaces - all new Sirkus, Tivoli and Karuselli - streamlined and flexible services - a congress centre on a human scale.

Fabulous restaurants a world of choice - from delicious breakfast to fine dining - from pub fare to banquets.

A historic hotel Scandic Paasi tells the tale of its fascinating past - exceptionally wide range of rooms - rooms with character take guests on a journey through time to the 1920s, 1950s and 2010s.

Helsinki Congress Paasitorni - in the heart of Helsinki - by the sea - city parks on the doorstep.

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Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre

Finland's largest congress centre, Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre, will be given a major refurbishment this year. The greatest changes will be made to the venue's central Gallery hallway, with its cafe and restaurant facilities and entrances, as well as to the lobbies and the 1100-seat plenary hall.

The heart of the Exhibition & Convention Centre will receive a full makeover. We will refurbish our restaurant world, turning it into an experience in its own right. The facilities will be made modern and comfortable, and the atmosphere of the entire centre will be transformed. In addition, the corporate look will be renewed. The new look and the revamped centre will be revealed in autumn 2013.

Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre:
7 halls / 114,000 sqm / 40 meeting rooms / 13 lecture halls / auditorium 4400 seats / 244 hotel rooms / parking for 4600 cars.

3 kilometres / 3 minutes by train from the main railway station.
15 km / 15 minutes by taxi from the airport.

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