Stopover.fi if available for arriving, departing or transiting air travelers – also for domestic travelers. We basically sell and market all quality products which are accessible according to Helsinki Gateway idea. Where applicable, stopover.fi provides the airport’s own services and information by means of interfaces. Future developments in the StopOver concept include, for example other language versions, which are added when the demand is there. We believe that the efforts by City of Helsinki, Visit Finland and Finnair, is a good basic marketing for Stopover. Our aim is to offer effective distrbution and relevant supply – and continue the good work already done. We are also very excited for our newly signed partnership with EatAndTheCity scalable restaurant reservation platform“ says Pekka Mäkinen, Chairman of Airtouch Oy.
The globally growing restaurant discovery platform, EatAndTheCity, has been selected as a finalist for Red Herring’s Top 100 Europe award, a prestigious list honouring the year’s most promising private technology ventures from the European business region. EatAndTheCity is part of a Finnish media corporation, City Digital, which originally grew around a legendary magazine, City.
The restaurant reservation service TableOnline strengthened its position in the market in 2017 and grew by 56%.“We’ve worked hard for improving the Finnish restaurant culture and eating out for eight years, and our work is finally starting to pay off. This is of course primarily thanks to our amazing customers!” says Ville Heinonen, the CEO of TableOnline.
TableOnline is Finland’s leading restaurant reservation platform founded in 2010, and it operates in multiple cities around Finland and Estonia. From 2016 TableOnline has been part of the City Digital corporation, which includes, for example, Eat.fi, Improve Media and City.fi.
Smart city is an urban area, where data, sensors and networks are used to create better city life for people. Smart city operates and serves us occupants better. In practice traffic jam or accident reports can be communicated to other navigators and traffic can be diverted to other routes for example. Another everyday example of the smart city is that you can look up online which restaurant has free table for the same night. So smart city is not rocket science but is actually partially happening in our everyday life already.
EatPass is a mobile application, developed by a startup company Restarant Oy, which combines the stamp cards and benefits of restaurants to one place while also making communication between customer and restaurateur easier. The City Family member startup from Turku, Finland is collaborating with City Digital, globally fast growing company, which includes companies such as Eat.fi website, City magazine and TableOnline, an online table reservation service.
Business Insider recently wrote that EatAndTheCity´s global expansion project got 3.3 Meur funding recently to create the Google of Restaurants.
EatAndTheCity is an online platform for restaurant discovery. This week, the biggest Finnish Trade Newspaper Kauppalehti wrote that EatAndTheCity can make a big impact and has already attracted internationally known media bosses to join the Restaurant Discovery Revolution.
“EatAndTheCity was originally created to be the “Google for restaurants” in Finland. We noticed that a number of media companies were interested in restaurant discovery portals, as they would be able to leverage their connection with local communities to deliver a genuinely useful service and an additional revenue stream. Our service was validated in our eyes when we started winning awards. Our aim is to help media networks take local restaurant discovery into the mainstream across the world,” says Ilkka O. Lavas, CEO of City Digital, Cofounder of EatAndTheCity.
The base international success of digital media platform is already built at the development phase. Urbanization is still in the height of global development: In urban surroundings and built-up areas the population is increasing and structure of cities is compressing. At the same time digitalization is changing thoroughly the way people consume and use services.
– Urbanization is a significant phenomenon in many ways. Where there are densely populated areas, there are also restaurants. Eating out is getting more and more popular, the owner of City Digital-media and software house City Dev Lab Ilkka O. Lavas explains.
DCX-expo and IFRA-expo, 10-12. October Berlin, was the 48th meeting of the global publishing community. Three days packed with panels, presentations, workshops and pitches. Publishers look continuously new ways how to reach and engage with consumers. Ilkka Lavas held a speech about the success of City Digital and international growth of EatAndTheCity. Key to success is in understanding consumerism megatrend.
Ilkka O. Lavas has been invited as a speaker for Ilkka Lavas invited as a speaker for IFRA World Publishing Expo und DCX Digital Content Expo in Berlin from 10 to 12 October 2017.
12.10.2017 13:30 – 15:00 Conference Stage, Digital Success Stories
Moderator: Ralf Ressmann, Executive Director of Europe and Africa, WAN-IFRA, Germany; Ilkka Lavas, Entrepreneur, Publisher, Finland
Dr. Kurt Sabathil, Managing Director, Schwäbisch Media, Ravensburg, Germany; Donata Hopfen, Publishing Director and Head of Management Board of BILD Group, Axel Springer, Germany