Why Copenhagen?

By Bettina Reventlow-Mourier, Deputy Convention Director, Wonderful Copenhagen CVB

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Many countries have been heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. How is Copenhagen currently dealing with this crisis?

Like so many other destinations, Copenhagen is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, yet the city is using the current void and absence of business to fine-tune and develop its services and facilities so that they correspond with the need of the post Covid client. Thus, once the restrictions ease, we are ready for business. As always, our number one priority is to ensure that business events of all kinds and sizes can take place in safe surroundings in Copenhagen. Business events held in our capital are, and will continue to be, handled with the highest safety standards at local venues, hotels, restaurants, transport, and public spaces, and in accordance with the official guidelines of the Danish Health Authorities, of course.

The MICE industry is struggling during these difficult times. How do you think this will change our industry, and what measures can be taken, in your opinion?

The pandemic has challenged the very core of the meetings industry and associations, PCOs, corporate organizations and destinations will all learn new lessons with every new obstacle in the way. Yet we believe that hidden opportunities lie within this ordeal too and that a destination’s ability to unravel and meet the new demands of delegates and associations in a post-pandemic era is key.
The surge of online meetings has taught the industry that ‘getting it right’ for online meetings can work well for areas like, for instance, education and training. The value of networking and buzz, on the other hand, is harder to find online and still one of several key advantages of physical meetings. Meaningful connections might kick off online and virtual communities provide valuable reach, inclusion, and data for associations, but it is harder for delegates, sponsors, and exhibitors to build up new relationships and trust virtually, for example. As a result, hybrid events and creative meeting designs will play a much larger role than prior to the pandemic. It made us discover all the great potential of online events, whilst simultaneously reminding us about the huge benefits of ‘real human interaction’. Face-to-face meetings allow us to challenge and develop each other’s ideas and create fruitful connections and long-lasting partnerships.
Lastly, and equally important, to fully ‘get’ the future delegates, we believe that creating new types of business events that fully appreciate and give back to the community, socially and environmentally, is the new normal. Sustainable solutions, emphasis on circular economies, and on developing genuine experiences, creating congress legacy and long-term positive impacts, both locally and regionally, will become vital. It must be at the forefront of every event and is something that Copenhagen has long been focused on and will continue to focus on in future.

As soon as Copenhagen is able to welcome international association congresses back:

Did you know, that…?

Copenhagen has been world-leading within staging sustainable meetings for over a decade.
1.    The city has created the Copenhagen Legacy Lab assisting associations with fulfilling their legacy missions and confirming partnerships across the entire meetings eco-system.
2.    The Danish capital has long been one of the world’s most popular convention cities and currently claims a 12th place in the International Congress and Convention Association’s (ICCA) rankings.

Where to meet?

Copenhagen boasts a huge selection of innovative and exciting conference facilities, some of which are:
-    Bella Center Copenhagen, one of the largest conference centers in Scandinavia with room for up to 12,000 delegates and about to launch a brand-new congress & event space in 2021 too!
-    Tivoli Congress Center, located in the heart of the city and with room for up to 4,000 delegates.
-    The Hangar, opening in spring/summer 2021and set to become Northern Europe's largest airport conference center with room for up to 2,150 delegates.
Find the perfect venue for your congress, conference, or social event in Copenhagen right here

Where to stay?

Copenhagen currently offers some 23,000 hotel rooms of which approx. 70 per cent hold some form of eco-label. The number is expected to rise to 26,500 hotel rooms in 2021, and amongst the many great choices are:
•    5-star: Located in the heart of Copenhagen, the Villa Copenhagen deluxe hotel officially opened in July 2020. It boasts 390-rooms, a lovely rooftop pool and bar, 24,757 square feet of meeting and event space with room for up to 1,200 attendees.
•    4-star: Comwell Copenhagen Portside (Dolce by Wyndham) opened the doors to the public in January 2021. The hotel offers 484 rooms, 17 meeting rooms with a total capacity of 600 pax and is in the heart of the exciting new and upcoming district of Nordhavn and only 100 meters from a metro with a line directly to the city center.
•    3-star: Leading Nordic hotel chain Scandic offers 10 hotels in Copenhagen all of which are ideal starting points to explore one of the world’s most livable and popular congress cities.
Find out more about the thriving Copenhagen hotel scene right here

How to get there?

Copenhagen is easy to get to, and easy to navigate on arrival. The award-winning Copenhagen Airport is the largest air-hub in the Nordic countries and offers a safe and efficient welcome to ensure that delegates are quickly on their way to explore the city and meet their peer delegates.
Travel from the airport to downtown Copenhagen takes just 12 minutes; one of the shortest airport-to-city transfers in Europe! Both the metro and national train line serving the airport are efficient, clean, safe, and easy to use. Most journeys are short, however, as Copenhagen is a compact city, meaning your delegates spend their time doing business and enjoying the experience and less time getting from A to B. Learn more on how easily accessible Copenhagen is, right here
For the latest on Denmark’s national COVID-19 measures and efforts please visit en.coronasmitte.dk

Do you offer any special services/assistance for associations?

Copenhagen Convention Bureau is the official convention bureau of the greater Copenhagen area. Together with our wide spectrum of industry partners we offer all the support associations require and strive to provide all information necessary to get a head start in the planning process. We have also created a toolbox for congress associations with all one needs to know to get started. Specific strengths are, for example, our knowledge of and network in the intellectual capital of the destination, academia, public authorities, clusters, companies, and trade organizations as well as our holistic approach to congress services, including our Copenhagen Legacy Lab aimed at helping associations reach their congress goals.
For more details on our services, please visit copenhagencvb.com

Personal recommendation/insider tips?

This buzzing capital mixes royal history (like Amalienborg Palace) with modern architecture (such as Copenhill, the Circle Bridges and BLOX), and loads of culture (visit the Royal Opera House or the city’s living art scene) as well as sustainable living (jump on a bike like the locals) and a mouthwatering world-famous gastro scene (such as Amass, Barr or Sanchez). Get wiser on the happiest people in world, get to know the Copenhagen districts, and go for a perfect experience in the city right here

Whom to contact?

We are a team of 20+ persons at Copenhagen Convention Bureau, all ready to assist. Find that specialized contact person right here or e-mail us at cvb@woco.dk for more general enquiries.