Norway is building the longest and deepest tunnel in the world, so Bergen in Norway was the right place to host the World Tunnel Congressthis year.

The World of Tunnelling assembled in Bergen in June 2017 to attend the 2017 ITA-AITES World Tunnel CongressFirst United Norway handled the full-blown PCO services and DMC services for this UN anchored, prestigious congress with 1,700 delegates, 6,500 m2 industry exhibition, 700 abstracts, 200 scientific posters, 700 rooms and much more.

This is one of the most complex congress series to organise as a PCO, as it involves planning and executing a congress with 5 parallel sessions, 20 breakout rooms, 200 meters of poster walls, 130 exhibitors, (3,500 m2 indoor, 3,000 m2 outdoor). In addition, daily technical site visits were organized (tunnel, road and underground space projects) to both oil refineries, rail, road and water treatment infrastructure facilities.

As the Appointed PCO, it was First United Norway's full responsibility to secure a smooth execution of this signature congress.

Bergen has gradually increased its share of international congresses due to its state-of-the-art convention venue, The Grieg Hall, centrally located and within short walking distance to some 4000 bedrooms. Bergen is a unique city for congresses and incentives with high-end hotels, restaurants, meeting facilities and is at the same time the gateway to the Norwegian fjords offering beautiful sailing, fishing, biking in the mountains and overall enjoyment of Norway s amazing nature.

First United Norway is proud to have received outstanding feedback: 
The ITA president, Tarcisio Celestino of Brazil was quoted in the press saying that this was State of the Art and creme de la creme of congress planning and execution and that that this WTC congress in Bergen was one of the top 3 of all time.s

One of the world s leading trade magazines, UK based Tunnel Talk, issued a detailed day-today congress report article, where they wrote
It was a wonderful Congress. The mood was relaxed and friendly and helpful. This mood was underpinned by the efficient and well-prepared management of the event by the team of organisers and We at TunnelTalk look forward to meeting all our ITA friends and colleagues in Dubai next year and leave Bergen with a thank you to the support we received especially from Harald Riisnaes, Director of First United and Diane Loth of the ITA media relations department.

The entire article including a video from the event can be viewed here:

First United Norway was awarded an honourable membership of the Norwegian Tunnelling Association in appreciation of the success of this congress management.

For more information, please contact Harald Riisnaes at