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Copenhagen Seeks to Expand Convention Capacity

Wonderful Copenhagen, the City's convention and visitors bureau and Copenhagen Capacity, an economic development agency, are seeking to develop a new Congress Centre near the heart of the old city of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Wonderful Copenhagen, the City's convention and visitors bureau and Copenhagen Capacity, an economic development agency, are seeking to develop a new Congress Centre near the heart of the old city of Copenhagen, Denmark. These two organizations jointly commissioned HVS Convention, Sports & Entertainment Facilities Consulting in September 2002 to study the potential for more convention activity in Copenhagen. The City is highly successful in attracting small international conventions and congresses which take place primarily in hotels. The Copenhagen Congress Centre at the Bella Center currently serves the city for large convention and congress events. Last year, for example, the Bella Center hosted the meeting of the European Union, which took advantage of the advance communications technology in the building to hook up over 4,000 media stations. But the Bella Center's calendar is largely dominated by large tradeshow and consumer show events and it lacks and adequate and proximate hotel room supply for congress and convention events. The HVS study identified the need for a dedicated congress centre located close the concentration of downtown hotels in the old city. The study offered a concept plan for a site just a few blocks from the famed Tivoli Gardens. This potential development site is currently controlled by the Danish State Railways (DSB) and discussions are currently underway with DSB regarding site acquisition. While site acquisition and financing arrangements are yet to be negotiated, this concept plan offers a unique opportunity to provide a new gateway into the historic and charming old city of Copenhagen. For more details see HVS’ Copenhagen Congress Facilities Study.