Helsinki is Finland’s capital for business, education, research, culture, and government. It continues to attract both tourists and businessmen. Helsinki has eight universities, six technology parks and the largest technology campus in Scandinavia. Metropolitan area has the best availability of highly skilled employees, good infrastructure, and business ecosystem. Finland’s capital offers visitors many possibilities whether they are on business or would like to spend their vacation or just have a short break there.
The popularity of Helsinki as one of the world’s business destinations over past few years has increased due to various international events that take place in this city. But it’s wrong to say that Helsinki was not in the world’s arena before. In 1952, Helsinki was chosen to hold the Olympic Games. In 1975, the Conference for Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE) took place in the capital of Finland.
Helsinki is one of the fastest growing and the wealthiest metropolitan areas in the European Union. With plenty of business events taking place in Helsinki every year, Finland’s capital can be considered one of Europe’s major business centers. Just imagine – about 70% of foreign companies operating in Finland have their headquarters in Helsinki region. Since the 1950s, the main budget item is service business, although industries such as shipbuilding continue to develop.
Summer, especially June can be reckoned the busiest month for all hotels in Helsinki, because many summit meetings happen in summer. Moreover, in summer Helsinki enjoys long days, eighteen hours at the summer solstice. Summer temperature is around 18-25 Celsius. All this combined with entertainment opportunities, architecture and, of course, nature of Finland and Helsinki in particular attracts hundreds of business tourists and holiday-makers. Though Helsinki itself is relatively small and intimate, it is lively and bustling. The nearby islands are its summer delights. Helsinki is a marine city and called The Daughter of the Baltic, since it is located on the shore of the Baltic Sea and most of its main districts are on the seaside. In the summertime it is ideal to come to Helsinki by ferry, in that way you may see wonderful, delightful seascape, views on the port and beaches. Many of Helsinki’s main attractions are also connected with the sea, e.g. the Suomenlinna naval fortress and the Seutasaari Island with its parks and open-air museum. Many people come to Helsinki with children, because of Linnanmaki amusement park with its roller coasters.
Thus, business events, cruising tourists, and Finnish people willingly visiting the capital in summer make Helsinki an extremely popular destination. Even despite a wide range of various hotels in Helsinki, properties in the central part of the city can be overfull in June. So if one desires to book a well located hotel in the city center at affordable price, it’s better to make a reservation in advance. Most hotels offer special or promotion rates for tourists booking one or two months before the arrival date. Needless to say that prices are always higher by the summer.
However, if you forgot to book a hotel in Helsinki in advance, you can try your luck using one of hotel reservation services. This is the best way to book hotels, as hotel reservation sites allow you to see available rooms left and book them online. Business oriented tourists can choose from a wide variety of hotels in Helsinki – from three-star to five-star hotels. Among the most popular business class hotels there are such properties as Crowne Plaza Helsinki, Holiday Inn Helsinki, Sokos Presidentti Hotel (to name just a few). Most business hotels in Helsinki provide ultimate service, excellent choice of conference and meeting facilities, access to Internet, international calls as well as leisure and banquet facilities.
Helsinki is a modern city with high standards of living, it is a safe city for tourists and a safe place to live in named the second safest city in the world. Helsinki hotels will convince you of this as well. Helsinki is a city with a very special bewitching style. The city where one always gladly comes back.
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