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Welcome to Tampere!

Tampere is a state of mind. It is something that resides within all of us and is deeply rooted in the ridges of the landscape. Here, by the banks of the Tammerkoski rapids, ideas have always been born. They have turned into lines of work – and even entire communities. Whenever a set of machines has fallen silent, new thoughts have soon filled that space. Rolls of cloth have changed into lines of code and unforgettable experiences. A promise of things to come has been planted into the rough brick walls and the rows of windows rise ever higher. The city skyline may change, but you can always find that familiar feeling in Tampere. This is home.

It is my pleasure to invite you to my home for the ICCA Nordic Chapter Meeting on 18-20 April 2023.

Throughout its history and to this day, Tampere has been known for its bold and courageous moves, reaching its goals through cooperation. I want to bring these themes to our Chapter Meeting, where we can both share experiences of courage, as well as try some bold moves ourselves. Let’s make this a good event through cooperation and everyone’s input.


Pia Helminen



We have an allotment at Lapland Hotels Arena for a special rate 119€ /single, 139€ / double per night.

Accommodation reservations from the allotment for Lapland Hotels Arena can be made at using the code ALLICCA.

You can also make a reservation by phone (+358 3 383 0500) or by email ( You can get the offer price for your accommodation by mentioning the code ICCA when making the reservation.

Reservations from the allotment at promotional prices by March 24, 2023, after that at the day’s price and reservation conditions.

Mystic Deluxe room in Lapland Hotels Arena

Photo: Lapland Hotels Arena

Travel to Tampere

Directly to Tampere-Pirkkala

Tampere-Pirkkala International Airport is located 20 minutes from Tampere city centre. The airport hosts one of airBaltic’s four bases, and the airline offers direct flights to Riga, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Munich, Rhodes and Malaga.

Travel via Helsinki

If you prefer to fly to Helsinki, it is easy to catch the bus or train from the airport directly to Tampere city centre.
Take a local train from the airport to Tikkurila station, where you change to a train to Tampere. Trains to Tampere go every hour. Please see timetables and buy tickets from VR website.

Buses to Tampere leave outside the airport and run less frequently than trains. Please click here for bus timetable search. The airport is called Helsinki-Vantaa.

Preliminary programme

Tuesday 18 April

12.00 Registration open at Tampere Hall
13.30 Business Leads Exchange
14.30 Beginners’ session
15.30 Coffee, welcome words & housekeeping
16.00 Tampere City Challenge
18.30 City Reception at Old Town Hall

Wednesday 19 April

7.00 Morning activity & sauna

9.00 News from ICCA, Tamara Bernstein, Head of Europe and Partnerships
9.30 European Forum, Kirsten Rudbeck, Destination Fyn Convention Bureau
10.00 Bottom-up strategy process, Annleyg Lamhauge, Visit Faroe Islands
10.20 Coffee break & networking
11.00 Empathy, collaboration and meaningful encounters, Katri Saarikivi, Head of the HUMEX Project at University of Helsinki
12.10 Lunch & Networking
13.00 Major Events and Nordic co-operation, Perttu Pesä, Director of Major Events, City of Tampere
14.00 Co-branding, Kirsten Rudbeck, Destination Fyn Convnetion Bureau
14.30 Break & networking
15.00 Insights from the Finnish congress delegate survey, Ines Antti-Poika, Finland Convention Bureau
15.30 Results of the Nordic Deep Dive Survey, Anna Lindström, Uppsala Convention Bureau
16.00 Finnish Success Story, Miko Heinilä, Co-Founder of Kyrö Distillery Company
17.30 End of Day
19.00 Congress Dinner at Tuulensuu Palace

Thursday 20 April
9.00 Bold New Ideas, presentations and panel discussion: Professor Howy Jacobs, Tampere University; Sus Nygaard, Bella Center Copenhagen; Emma Hänninen Alricsson & Johan Menso, Malmö Convention Bureau; Leena Lassila, Helsinki Partners. The panel will be moderated by Kai Troll from Associationworld
10.30 Coffee break
11.00 Bergen success at GDC Index, Arve Lindgren, Visit Bergen
11.30 Impact, Fredrik Lundgren, Gothenburg Convention Bureau
12.00 Sigurjona Sverrisdottir, Meet in Reykjavik
12.30 Lunch & Farewell (Take-away lunch available for those, who have informed about leaving early)

Link to printable pdf programme

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