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Malmö will be the host city for the World Wind Energy Conference 2017
The annual international wind power convention – WWEA’s World Wind Energy Conference – will be held in 2017 in Malmö. It is the first time ever for this event to be held in a Swedish city, and all of us at the Malmö Convention Bureau are exceptionally pleased to hear this news as the topic of the convention matches so well with the City of Malmö’s commitment to a green city and a sustainable future.

The World Wind Energy Conference is organised annually by the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) in cooperation with a national membership organisation, in the case of Sweden, the Swedish Windpower Association/Svensk Vindkraftförening. Since its inception, there have been 12 annual conventions – first in Berlin in 2002 and the most recent one in Shanghai in 2014. In 2015, Australia will be the host country, and 2016 the convention will be held in Tokyo, moving on to Malmö and Sweden in 2017. It will thus be the first time the World Wind Energy Convention is held in Sweden.

“We are proud that Sweden and the Swedish Windpower Association has been selected as the host country for the convention, as it is a convention with great opportunities. We have chosen to go with Malmö as the host city, which today ranks as one of the world’s most sustainable cities. Malmö has a goal of being supplied with renewable energy to the 100 percent level by 2030. This makes Sweden and Malmö at a very exciting choice,” commented Ulla Hedman Andrén, Director of Operations at the Swedish Windpower Association.

Conferences are an important source of revenue for the business community in Malmö. The World Wind Energy Conference, with its 1,000 delegates, is anticipated to provide an economic flow to the City of a value of SEK 9.6 million during its three days in Malmö. The total spending is estimated to provide employment equivalent to 6.9 full-time employees on an annual basis.

“To stand as a host city for congresses, conventions, meetings and events is an important step in order increase Malmö’s attractiveness as a meeting destination,” observes Hanna Lingvide, who is Section Manager at the Malmö Convention Bureau and adds, “Conventions may be significant bearers of value and with the World Wind Energy Conference, we get the chance to strengthen our commitment to sustainable energy while at the same time benefiting our local economy.”

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Quick facts:

The Malmö Convention Bureau is the tourism industry’s and the city of Malmö’s organisation for conventions and conferences. The Malmö Convention Bureau’s mission is to promote Malmö as a meeting destination, and to provide the customer with advice and assistance free of charge with the planning of meetings in Malmö.

Some 40 major conventions are organised in Malmö annually. In 2013, a total of 37 conferences took places in the city. The international and national conventions provided a value of SEK 119 million in economic flows to the city. Total spending gave rise to an employment equivalent to 85 full-time employees on an annual basis. www.malmotown.com

WWEA: The World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) is an international wind power association with members in 95 countries. WWEA works for the promotion of wind energy globally via national governments and international organisations. The association holds the World Wind Energy Conference (WWEC) annually in cooperation with a national membership organisation.

www.wwindea.org www.wwec2014.net

The Swedish Windpower Association is a non-profit and non-political organisation open to both private individuals as well as to companies, and currently has over 2,000 members. The association promotes the development and growth of wind power via the sharing of knowledge and the development of technology in collaboration with governmental agencies and private organisations. The association is active on both the nation and international level.

www.svenskvindkraft.org