Lahden seutu - Lahti Region Ltd.

According to the financier agreement effective as at 1 January 2019, the primary task of the company Lahti Region Ltd (Visit Lahti) is to enhance the region’s attractiveness for tourism, increase tourist flows and thereby increase the region’s income from tourism as well as tax revenues. The main functional entities within the company are: tourism marketing, tourism image building, sales and brokerage of tourism services, acquisition of new events jointly with municipalities as well as tourism development in keeping with the strategy and decisions specified by the company’s Board of Directors.

The business concept of the company is based on the Lahti Region’s competitiveness strategy as well as the regional tourism strategy.

As of the beginning of 2019, Heinola has joined the company as a shareholder.

Lahden seutu - Lahti Region Ltd.

Salpausselänkatu 7
FIN-15110 Lahti
Tel. +358 (0)207 281 760 (group sales)


Our office is closed from 24 June to 28 July 2019.
During that time we are happy to serve you at Visit Lahti INFO in Shopping Centre Trio.

Visit Lahti INFO

Shopping Centre Trio
Aleksanterinkatu 18, FIN-15140 Lahti
Tel. +358 (0)300 472 222 (0,34 € min + local network charge/mobile phone payment)

Mon-Fri 10-16
Sat 9-16, Sun closed




Lahden seutu - Lahti Region Ltd.
VAT FI10743502

eInvoice address: 003710743502
Operator ID: 003723327487 (or 00372332748700001)
EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) code: 003710743502
Operator: Apix





Raija Forsman, CEO

+ 358 (0)40 516 2803 | raija.forsman (at)

Administration, stakeholder communication and cooperation. Financing.


Susanna Yildirim, Controller

+358 (0)400 901 744 | susanna.yildirim (at)

Accounting and project management.




Kirsti Simola, Marketing Manager

+358 (0)40 865 6890 | kirsti.simola (at)

Marketing and communications. Digital and traditional. Websites, social media and print products.
Contact person for municipalities.




Harri Olenius, Account Manager, domestic sales

+358 (0)400 922 453 | harri.olenius (at)

National unions, organisations, businesses and event organisers of associations.
Domestic events for professionals, meetings, congresses, groups and side events.


Tiina Kallio, Head of sales | MICE, sport, educational

+358 (0)40 159 6448 | tiina.kallio (at)

International MICE sector (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Events), Sport & Educational Travel

Organisers of meetings for associations and scientific congresses, sports federations and associations, sports and educational travel agents, public and professional events.
International sales and marketing operations.
Finland, German-speaking Europe, Russia
Contact person for Lahti Region’s Congress Network Finland (CNF) and Visit Finland/Business Events.


Anu Huusko, Head of Production & Sales | Leisure

+358 (0)44 753 3590 | anu.huusko (at)

International travel organisers, incoming operations.
International sales and marketing operations and media visits.
German-speaking Europe, Japan, France, Italy, Netherlands, United Kingdoms and Russia.
Contact person for the Visit Finland of Lahti region and Western Lakeland.


Niina Aalto, Project Coordinator

+358 (0)40 645 2824 | niina.aalto (at)

International projects.


Anne-Mari Sipponen, Specialist, Sales

+358 (0)40 3576918 | anne-mari.sipponen (at)

Sales and groups sales systems.


Mirka Syvänen, Specialist, Sales & Production

+358 (0)40 142 8444 | mirka.syvanen (at)

Sales and individual sales systems.
Citybreak webshop and information system manager.


Suvi Räsänen, Specialist, Sales

+358 40 139 0690 | suvi.rasanen (at)



Johanna Karhu, tourist information, Visit Lahti Info

+358 (0)400 813 903 | johanna.karhu (at)

Tourist information.





Zewei Wang, Project Coordinator (at)

Content producer, China.




Arto Ahola, Project Director

+358 (0)400 938 666 | arto.ahola (at)



According to the price list on 1 January 2013, the call costs to
Lahti Region Ltd’s Sonera Cid business numbers with the 0207 prefix are as follows:
Landline 8,35 cents/call + 7,02 cents/min (VAT 24%)
Mobile phone 8,35 cents/call + 17,17 cents/min (VAT 24%)




Owner municipalities, shares of ownership and the area of operation as of 2019:

Lahti 53 %
Hollola 12 %
Heinola 10 %
Orimattila 8 %
Asikkala 4 %
Iiitti 4 %
Kärkölä 3 %
Padasjoki 2 %
Hartola 2 %
Sysmä 2 %

Turnover in 2018 EUR 2,03 million

Staff Lahti Region Ltd’s average number of employees in 2018 was 16.

Board of directors 2019-2020

Lasse Mikkelsson (Chairman of the board of directors)
CEO/Rector of the Pajulahti Sports Institute
Expert in wellness- and sports-related travel, operating in the third sector. Chairperson of the Association of Sports Institutes in Finland, Board member in the Olympic Committee of Finland and the Research Institute for Olympic Sports.

Lari Rusila (Vice Chairman of the board of directors)
Executive Vice President, HoReCa sector, Osuuskauppa Hämeenmaa (regional cooperative of the S Group)
Diverse experience of various tasks in the fields of grocery, consumer goods and catering-sector sales.

Jani Backman
Promoter, AKK Sports Oy
Expert in motorsports and sports events. Promotor of WRC Rally Finland. Former President of the Automobile and Touring Club of Finland.

Peter Gabrielsson
Vierumäki Companies, Managing Director
Strategic developer for provincial tourism. High quality and wide international network in the airline, hotel and restaurant sectors; Restel, Finnair Plc and Qatar Airways, among others.

Aki Keskitalo
Folks Hotels Oy, Director of Hotel Operations
Professional expert in the HoReCa sector and event industry, last Head of Meeting & Events, Hotel Kämp.

Päivi Koskela
Director of the cafe-restaurant la Kar de Mumma (Vuohelan Herkku Oy)
Expert in tourism, locally produced food, wellness services; operating in innovative hospitality and rural tourism.

Kristiina Kukkohovi
Head of Finnair Holidays/Destination Nordics, Finnair Plc
Expert in international tourism business with particular passion for digitality, marketing and change. Management experience from SAS/Blue1, Tallink Silja Line, Ruka&Pyhä and Levi, among others.

Riikka-Maria Lemminki
CEO of the Association of Finnish Advertisers
Expert in international marketing and sales, owner of Ranskalainen Kyläkauppa, member of the Boards of Makes ry and Coptersafety Oy.

Jukka Suominen
Professional board member
Former long-term Vice Chairman of the board of directors in Rederiaktiebolaget Eckerö (Eckerö Line, etc.), deputy Chair of the Board of directors of Huhtamäki Oyj; former Chief Executive Officer of Silja Line Group, a member of the boards of Fiskars Oyj Abp and the Automobile and Touring Club of Finland, among others.