Why Turku
Why Turku? 
By Sari Ruusumo, Convention Manager, Turku Convention Bureau
Did you know, that…?
+ Turku is Finland’s oldest city, which is due to celebrate its 800th jubilee in 2029. Today’s Turku is a nationally and internationally well-known university city with a thriving cultural and business sector.
+ Turku is one of the most popular conference cities in Finland.
+ Turku is made for walking; all congress hotels and 2000 hotel rooms in Turku are located in the city centre, within walking distance from one another, the green riverside and the university campus.
+ One of the unique features of Turku is its location by the sea with 40 000 islands and islets. The Archipelago of Turku is the largest archipelago in Europe, stretching through Åland all the way to Stockholm. For congress and banquet hosts, the archipelago offers dozens of unique locations.
+ Turku has a lively restaurant scene of national renown, and people travel to the city simply to try new foods. The city’s new restaurants are all about respecting local food, local food producers in the archipelago and around the city, and the best Nordic raw materials.
+ In 2011, Turku was the European Capital of Culture.
Where to meet?
Logomo is centrally located Event Centre in Turku. The architecture is a combination of original, 19th century industrial milieu and modern style. The versatile venue is suitable for events of any size, from conferences to concerts. With the auditorium moving with air pallet technology, the hall can easily be transformed. The permanently installed Meyer Sound Constellation virtual acoustic system with its 64 different presets instantly optimizes the acoustics.
Turku Fair Center has the longest and most diverse experience in hosting large conferences, congresses and exhibitions in Turku. The Center contains a modern auditorium, four exhibition halls and versatile meeting facilities.
Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel: One of Turku’s finest hotels is also one of the most popular congress venues in the city. The scenic windows of the stylish lobby areas and the functional conference-banquet floor display a wall-length view of the Aura River.
The Naantali Spa Hotel is a renowned spa and congress hotel on the seashore by the medieval monastery town and near the city of Turku. The spa’s versatile conference facilities and top-class service form a well-functioning whole, which is supplemented by a luxurious treatment and pool unit and accommodation of a high standard.
Where to stay?
Turku offers its guests a wide selection of suitable hotels. There are 19 hotels and altogether about 2000 hotel rooms in Turku.
Scandinavian 3-4 star hotels:
+ Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel
+ Scandic Julia
+ Scandic Plaza
+ Original Sokos Hotel Hamburger Börs
+ Naantali Spa
How to get there?
Turku has an international airport (distance approx. 8 km from the city center) and it is easy to reach by air via Helsinki, Stockholm, Riga and Gdansk.
From Stockholm, you may choose to travel to Turku on a ferry through one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the world. Silja Line and Viking Line operate daily connections between Turku and Stockholm. The ferry takes about 10 hrs.
Do you offer any special services/assistance for associations?
The services of Turku Convention and Events Bureau:
+ invitation materials and bid books
+ site inspection visits
+ information and preliminary reservation of meeting facilities, banquet halls and hotel accommodation
+ marketing materials for delegate marketing
+ proposals for social programme and pre/post tours
+ maps and tourist brochures
Whom to contact?
Turku Convention Bureau
Sari Ruusumo
Convention Manager
+358 (0)50 559 0607
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