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ISSUE 67 / CONFERENCE & MEETINGS WORLD / 57Nordic: Denmark Denmark is the southernmost of the Nordic countries, located southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered by Germany International meetings and congresses accounted for 1.2m bednights generating an economic impact of US$300,000 per year Copenhagen's Bella Center hosted 170,000 politicians, offi cials, reporters and NGOs during the 13-day COP15 conference making it the largest event ever held in Denmark Close to 300,000 room nights generated by 50 future international association meetings were reported secured by the bureau in 2011 Future events lined up include the Alzheimer's Association International Conference, July 2014, for 6,000 delegates, and Forum for European Neuroscience, July 2016, for 8,000 Copenhagen has 21,000 hotel rooms and a meeting capacity for up to 20,000 delegates Denmark's second largest city, Aarhus has 1,500 hotel rooms plus another 5,000 in the central region of Jutland. The city has a capacity for 3,500 delegates with The Scandinavian Congress Center having space for 2,400 Aalborg is the third largest city with 1,735 hotel rooms and a capacity for 2,400 delegates. The Aalborg Kongres and Kultur Center, based in North Jutland, can host up to 2,414 delegates Copenhagen Airport is Scandinavia's busiest with direct connections to a total of 132 destinations, 19 of which are intercontinental. Low cost traffi c made up 15 per cent of all scheduled services for the fi rst quarter of 2010 The European Wind Energy Association will bring 10,000 delegates to the Bella Center for its 2012 convention. Its Head of Events, Anja Magry, said the city's "compact layout and public transport were key attractions for reducing the environmental impact of the event".Fast factsDenmark making its mark on sustainable meetingsDenmark is leading the way in the field of sustainable meetings, proving they do not have to cost the worldThis year is an exciting time for Denmark's meetings industry with the country hosting the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2012. As a result, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs will organise over 100 meetings for 15,000 delegates visiting the country. It hopes to achieve the ISO20121 sustainability standard. For sustainability reasons the EU meetings will be held in only three venues: Bella Center from January to April; Forum Horsens from April to June; and Eigtveds Pakhus in Copenhagen throughout the Presidency. Industry stakeholders have partnered to create an ambitious Danish Sustainable Events Initiative, which will improve Danish actions to profit from sustainability in action and leverage the momentum of the EU Presidency. It includes stakeholder engagement, event management standards, measurement and leadership commitment. In 2009, the capital hosted the world climate change conference COP15. At the event, the city launched the Copenhagen Sustainable Meetings Protocol and since then the number of certified hotel rooms has increased to 43 per cent nationwide and 63 per cent in Copenhagen. Destination management company, First United's Fleming Madsen says the country is highly innovative in terms of the environment, food and delivers a high quality event. "However," he adds, "its weak spot is that salary levels prohibit excessive staffing." Wonderful Copenhagen secured twice as many conventions in 2011 as in 2010. The Bella Center held 127 events in 2011, an 11 per cent increase year-on-year. One reason for the increase was said to be the opening of the Bella Sky Hotel in May 2011. "Investing in the largest hotel in the Nordic region has made us an even stronger player," said Bella Center CEO Arne Bang Mikkelsen. "With 31 extra conference rooms we can attract more."Denmark has been ranked the fifth easiest place to do business in Europe in 2012 by The World Bank. "The Danes like to think out of the box and focus on dialogue at business events," says International Sales and Marketing Manager for Business Tourism at VisitDenmark, Jonathan Cohen. "They consider all aspects of the event and then tailor it to ensure the client gets a high return on meeting investment."Above: Congresses at the Bella Center, Copenhagen. Below: The Bella Sky HotelBednights generated a year by international congressesVISITDENMARK STATISTICS1.2M

58 / CONFERENCE & MEETINGS WORLD / ISSUE 67Nordic: NorwayNorway's scenic meetings splendourEurope's northern-most country, Norway, sets its scene for meetings looking to make the most of its dramatic landscapeKnown for its nature attractions including the fjords, mountains and midnight sun, Norway offers a healthy destination for meetings.Its main conference spots include Oslo (Norway's capital), Bergen and Stavanger, which offer modern conference facilities bringing delegates closer to nature.Oslo has six conference centres and two major exhibition halls. Norway's largest meeting space, the Norway Convention Centre, can host up to 12,000 participants, it also has a 355-room onsite hotel.The city of Bergen, often referred to as 'The gateway to the Fjords of Norway', is investing heavily in its conference venue offering.Several hotel projects are currently under construction bringing 1,000 bedrooms to the city by 2013, an increase of 25 per cent. Stavanger, which was the European Capital of culture in 2008, has 33 hotels offering 10,000 bedrooms. Its congress and exhibition centre boasts 30 meeting rooms catering for between two and 1,707 people.Oslo is easily reached by air, with over 200 international flights daily and 1,300 international flights a week, Qatar Airways started non-stop flights between Doha and Oslo five times per week in October 2011 and Eastern Airways offers new direct flights between Glasgow and Stavanger.For meeting planners looking for an added attraction for delegates, The Pulpit Rock was voted first place in CNN International Interactive's Top 50 Natural Wonders - The Ultimate List of Scenic Splendour, by 24m readers. National Geographic also reports it is the most searched for attraction in its image bank.And with the Northern Lights over Norway said to be the strongest we've seen in 50 years this year, according to NASA, there's never been a better time to visit. Norway is to host 40 international association conferences in 2012. These include:11-15 June in OsloInternational Geostatistics Conference27-30 June in OsloMeeting of the International Neropsychological Society2-5 August in StavangerY'mens International Conference19-23 August in BergenInternational Society of Clinical Biostatistics Meeting17-21 September in BergenAnnual Science conference of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea1-5 September in OsloGeneral Meeting of the International Electrotechnical Commission5-12 December in BergenConference of the European Society of OceanistsFast Facts Norway sits in 26th place in the ICCA Country Rankings 2010, with 125 qualifying meetings. Oslo sits in 40th place in ICCA's City Rankings with 49 qualifying meetings The sun does not set in summer over the Arctic Circle, meaning visitors to Northern Norway enjoy 24 hours of daylight during the summer months of May to July Norway's success in the Winter Olympics has meant the country has a total of 280 medals (98 gold, 98 silver and 84 bronze) to its tally.40 wins Above: Norway is known for its nature attractions Capacity of Norway's largest convention centre VISIT NORWAY12,