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New survey: Congresses generate almost 100 million euros in travel income

New survey: Congresses generate almost 100 million euros in travel income ( According to a new congress survey commissioned by Finland Convention Bureau
(FCB), international association meetings held in Finland last year
attracted a total of 60,790 delegates who stayed in the country for an
average of 4.7 nights. Each congress delegate spent an average of 246 euros
per day.

The total travel income generated by congresses was 99.5 million euros,
which includes spending by both congress organisers and delegates. The
income effect of a single congress delegate for Finland was thus 1,640
euros. The direct impact of international association meetings on employment
in Finland was 1,272 and the overall effect 1,824 working years.

Finland's advantages: efficient arrangements and safety

The most popular themes of last year's congresses included the natural
sciences and mathematics, technology and IT, and the social sciences,
history and sociology. The congress arrangements were considered either good
or very good by 87 percent of delegates.

Over 90 percent of people who responded to the survey considered the safety
and security of the host city to be either good or very good. Over
two-thirds, 69 percent, of the delegates were visiting Finland for the first
time. The majority, 78 percent, arrived from elsewhere in Europe. Congress
delegates gave special thanks to Finland's safety and security, which over
92 percent considered to be good or very good, and the friendliness of
Finns. Just under half, 48 percent, considered Finland to be expensive and
17 percent very expensive.

Finland Convention Bureau (FCB), which promotes Finland as a destination for
meetings and corporate events, has commissioned a congress survey every
three years since 1986 to assess the economic impact of congress tourism and
to compile information about the experiences of delegates. The latest survey
was carried out between June and October 2007 among 2,590 congress delegates
attending 16 international association meetings. The survey was carried out
by Finnish research company Taloustutkimus Oy.

Further information: FCB Managing Director Tuula Lindberg Tel. +358 (0)50363 2540

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