Every year over a hundred trade shows, trade fairs, exhibitions and conferences are held in Finland, many of them international, attracting visitors and exhibitors from across the globe. One of the reasons for Finland's popularity in the world of trade fairs is the very high quality of the exhibition spaces and centres available here. The following is a brief list of five of the very best exhibition centres in Finland.
The largest trade fair and conference venue in Finland, the Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre is a pioneering exhibition centre, featuring 6 exhibition halls, around 40 meeting rooms of varying sizes, and conference rooms that can hold up to 1,200 people. There is almost 74,000 square metres of exhibition space available, and the centre is packed with all the latest high-tech facilities required to make it one of the most prestigious in the world. Every year millions of visitors pass through its doors, and its appeal is further enhanced by its location next to the Holiday Inn Helsinki Hotel and a number of restaurants and cafés.
Centrally located, this ultra-modern exhibition centre has around 20,000 square metres of space available which can be divided into 7 different halls when needed. There is also an auditorium that can seat up to 1,200 guests, a restaurant that seats 800, and excellent on-site catering and parking facilities. Its central location, within walking distance of the city's railway station and many hotels, as well as its highly flexible nature and modern high-tech facilities have seen its reputation established as one of Finland's foremost exhibition centres.
Recently renovated and refurbished, Tampereen Messut, or Tampere Exhibition & Sports Centre, is comprised of 4 exhibition halls with a combined 35,000 square metres of space in a modern state-of-art venue. There is also a very flexible outdoor exhibition space.
Comprising some 20,000 square metres of space, the Turku Fair & Congress Centre hall, auditorium and conference rooms is the largest venue of its kind in western Finland, and hosts numerous fairs, congresses, conferences, meetings and festive occasions annually. Situated a short distance from the city centre, it is easily accessible by various modes of public transport.
Situated in the harbourside area of Katajanokka, Wanha Satama is housed in buildings completed in 1896 and has unmistakable charm. However, it is only the exterior of this centre that is old, the interior has been totally modernised. Today the old harbour buildings house 8 different exhibition halls covering 4,000 square metres, and hosts up to 40 main exhibitions and 100 smaller events annually, and is visited by upwards of 150,000 people every year.
Lahti Hall was extended in 2006 and now covers around 20,000 square metres. It hosts around 16 major exhibitions and trade fairs annually, and is located in the centre of the city. In addition to the main exhibition spaces there are also premises for meetings, conferences and congresses.