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Welcome to Helsinki

January 16 to 18, 2022


We have missed you!

The northern capital of Helsinki is full of exciting surprises just waiting to be discovered. Our city welcomes you with open arms to enjoy its innovative urban culture and ever-present nature and sea

Preliminary program

Sunday 16.1.2022

11:55 AY074 from Tokyo to Helsinki
15:10 Arrival in Helsinki
Check-in to Scandic Grand Central Helsinki
Welcome to Scandic Grand Central Helsinki
The hotel is located in the stunning historic building designed by the famous Eliel Saarinen at the Central Railway Station, 
where old-fashioned charm meets modern style in an inspirational way

Monday 17.1.2022

Breakfast at the hotel
10:00 Lobby call
Meet your Helsinki Partners host at the hotel lobby
10:00-12:00 Design tour in Helsinki
Meet your My Helsinki guide at your hotel lobby for a guided tour of the city. The tour focuses on the fresh and surprising character of Helsinki. During the tour you will be introduced to the main attractions of Helsinki as well as to some of the hot spots of the local design scene and explore different types of urban phenomena and venues. You will also discover a few delicious secrets of Helsinki's food culture. Explore and be inspired!
12:00 Site visit to Silja Symphony
Meet your host from Tallink Silja at the lobby of Olympia Terminal.
Tallink Silja has received Sustainable Travel Finland Label as the first ferry company on the Baltic Sea. The company makes long-term actions to look after people, climate, resources and sea. ''To ensure a future for the next generations, we must learn to provide leisure, luxury, travel, transport and work, with a true sense of responsibility. We want to leave behind a clean world with prosperous communities and happy people. So we will take action. For the Future.''

13:00 Lunch onboard
Site visit
Sauna at Löyly (TBC)
The Finnish sauna culture is enjoying a revival in Helsinki. The impressive Löyly design sauna opened in spring 2016 on the southern tip of the Helsinki peninsula. In addition to a smoke sauna, traditional sauna and private sauna for groups, visitors will be able to enjoy Finnish food culture while admiring the stunning views from the large terrace that stretches out over the sea. Enjoy the sauna and refreshing drink on the Löyly terraces!
NB! Remember to take your swimsuit with you! Towels, seat covers and shampoo and soap are offered by Löyly.

Tuesday 18.1.2022

Breakfast at the hotel, check-out
09:00 Lobby call
Meet your host from Visit Espoo at the hotel lobby
09:00-15:00 Winter fun at the Nuuksio National Park
The peace and tranquility of a wilderness, right by the capital Helsinki? It´ s possible in Nuuksio National Park.
Today you leave the city´ s hustle and bustle for a while and revel in fresh air, nature, and silence. Nuuksio National Park with lovely lakes, valleys, marshes, and rocks forms a perfect setting outdoors. During the day you will hear more about the services available in the area and have a possibility to participate in some nice activities
15:00 Transfer to Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti
Wonderfully revamped Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti showcases Finnish phenomena in an innovative way. In the hotel rooms, designed by Paola Suhonen from Ivana Helsinki, you can immerse yourself in Finnish Sisu, Midsummer, a Fairytale Forest, the Tranquility or a Winter storm right in the heart of Helsinki
Free time
Dinner hosted by your hotel representative


Wednesday 19.1.2022

MATKA 2022 Workshop Day

Breakfast at the hotel
07:45 Transfer to Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre
08:15 Check-in
08:55 MATKA 2022 Workshop Day Opening words
09:10-11:30 Meetings: 7 x 15 min meeting with 5 min break in between
11:30-13:00 Lunch break
Coronavirus testing at Messukeskus
13:00-15:00 Meetings: 6 x 15 min meeting with 5 min break in between
15:00-15:30 Coffee break
15:30-17:30 Meetings: 6 x 15 min meeting with 5 min break in between
Shuttle bus to your hotel

Thursday 20.1.2022

Breakfast at your hotel
08:15 Transfer by bus to Messukeskus
Please leave your luggage at the cloakroom
Cloacroom is free of charge for Buyers when you wear your Matka Workshop Day name badge
09:00 Matka Nordic Travel Trade Day
14:00 Shuttle bus to Helsinki Airport
17:30 AY073 from Helsinki to Tokyo


Sunday 16.1.2022
AY074 from Tokyo to Helsinki

Thursday 20.1.2022
AY073 from Helsinki to Tokyo


Scandic Grand Central Helsinki
Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti

Follow the weather


Bring along

  • Comfortable outdoor clothing including hat and gloves
  • Swimming suit for sauna
  • Happy mood

Sustainable Travel Finland

Sustainable Travel Finland label will make it easier for travel trade and travellers to recognise a tourism company and destination that takes sustainability seriously. The label is only awarded for those companies and destinations that have undergone the entire Sustainable Travel Finland programme and fulfilled the criteria. The programme includes regular auditing and renewal of the label.

Since June 2020 it's been possible to achieve the Sustainable Travel Finland –label and the number of labeled companies is growing steadily. Find sustainable travel options at Visit Finland's Sustainable Travel Finland webpage.

Useful links

Sustainable Travel Finland label
Experience Sustainable Finland
Sustainable Finland Pledge

Contact us

Visit Finland Japan

Koichi Numata

Visit Finland Japan

Noora Sirola

Helsinki Partners

Aino Mellais