Finlandia Hall wins international award as the best venue in the world
In 2018, Bea World Festival, the International Festival of Events and Live Communication, launched the Best Location Awards that includes a category for Best Congress/Conference/Convention Venue. The winner was Finlandia Hall.
Other contestants for the award of the best congress and conference venues in the world included for example ExCeL London, which was one of the venues of the London Summer Olympics 2012.
“We had an opportunity to present the merits of Finlandia Hall to the jury in Coimbra,” says Finlandia Hall CEO Johanna Tolonen. “We highlighted the central location of the hall, the architectural design by Alvar Aalto and the easy adaptability of the spaces for the needs of each customer. Responsibility is a key factor in our operations. For example, we installed solar panels on our rooftop among the first European event venues to do so. The Finlandia Hall restaurant prepares food mainly from local foods.”
The success of the Trump-Putin Summit’s media centre propelled Finlandia Hall to first prize Factors contributing to the top ranking of Finlandia Hall included the media attention that Finlandia Hall earned in July 2018, when the hall served as the media centre for the Trump-Putin Summit Meeting in Helsinki. The media centre was presented in the competition as an example of the steadfast professionalism the Finlandia Hall staff.
International media representatives at the summit gave Finlandia Hall positive feedback, for example, on the friendliness of the staff, the level of service, flexibility, the saunas and catering.
“We are looking to new international media attention next year, when Finlandia Hall hosts about one hundred meetings related to Finland’s presidency of the Council of the European Union.
We will execute the meeting services in a tailored fashion. Our role will include catering, interpretation and security, as well as some other services,” Tolonen says.