We believe in cooperation, not competition

We believe in cooperation, not competition

There’s so much competition in this world. About everything. Results, jobs, money. More money. People stress. They have sleepless nights and burnouts. Does it really have to be like this?

Although we compete against each other in the congress business, we also have a very strong sense of togetherness, and we have come to the conclusion that cooperation (combined with healthy competition) is the key to success.


ICCA unites us

Most professionals in the congress business are members of ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association). With its headquarters in The Netherlands, ICCA members are divided into geographical chapters. We Finns are part of the ICCA Scandinavian Chapter Team together with Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark and the Faroe Islands. We meet up at different events, and every spring we have a spring meeting in the destination of the current chapter president.  This year we had the great honour to visit Anna Lindström’s Uppsala.

These trips are not only excellent for benchmarking (many a good idea was noted to be copied!), but it’s an opportunity to share best practices. And by sharing with each other, we all get to be better professionals and the industry as a whole prospers.  Imagine – sharing your best ideas with your competitors. How great is that?!


Ella presenting about our blog at the Best Practices session in Uppsala.
Ella presenting our blog at the Best Practices session in Uppsala.

Together is the new black

Together we share our thoughts and ideas on how to market our destination, and we try to find solutions to common problems. By joining our forces we also have a bigger team at work, more brilliant ideas and a louder voice. Together we have made great things happen: at our spring meeting in Tampere in 2012, all members signed the Sustainable Meetings Accord. This means that we are all committed to following our Sustainability programme, which aims to compare and communicate the actions taken in all Scandinavian destinations towards more sustainable meeting practices.


ICCA Scandinavian Chapter delegates after signing the Sustainability Accord in Tampere.
ICCA Scandinavian Chapter delegates after signing the Sustainability Accord in Tampere.

I think it’s this kind of openness and genuine care for each other that keeps us congress people in the business. That, and our wonderful clients, who after all are the ones that make things happen.
I’d like to finish off with a thouht from the great Dalai Lama: “Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality”.  Not bad, eh?

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Pia Helminen

Pia Helminen

A child of the 1970s who’s spent her childhood living in one country no more than 5 years. Found the city of her dreams in 1992 and has lived there ever since. Has been in the tourist business since 1994 and working for Tampere Convention Bureau since 2000. Proud mother of a girl and a boy. Loves to dance, but jogs a lot to compensate for her love of chocolate and liquorice.

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