Medical congresses continue to be held worldwide and Scandinavia is a particularly popular destination to host such events. Scandinavia has gained its popularity because of its easy international accessibility, efficient and reliable public transportation system, growing repertoire of world-class hotels and restaurants, and friendly locals.
Here at BDP, we are ready to assist you with all your medical congress services ranging from hotel accommodation, transportation, staff, pick-up of congress kits, side meetings, and of course all social events such as restaurant reservations, receptions, and more. We offer extensive local expertise and up-to-date knowledge of the latest trends within the events industry. We are experienced in assisting with medical congresses, so we are aware of the special demands and requests that go into the planning of such services and we know exactly how to accommodate them.
As a company, we have vowed to take a sustainable approach to our line of work and therefore offer a wide selection of sustainable services to our clients.
During these unprecedented COVID-19 times, our team at BDP is staying informed about the latest government regulations and how it affects our clients and the services we offer. The most important thing to us is safety, thus we commit to following all current recommendations from the local authorities as well as addressing our client’s specific concerns.
BDP has still an increased focus on safety while keeping a strong dedication to sustainability and creating unforgettable experiences. As we are all steering through uncharted waters, we decided to create this page to collect relevant information to keep you updated. We hope to see you again soon.
Explore all 5 categories of having a safe and memorable visit to Copenhagen and don’t hesitate to follow the links in the pictures to further explore the topics and read up-to-date information from the authorities.
Joining Wonderful Copenhagen’s campaign, we couldn’t agree more: It’s time to meet in Copenhagen.
HORESTA’s Safe To Visit stickers help us to pick the venues which fulfill the authorities’ guidelines.
As much as we all would like to cancel 2020, we now have to live together with new restrictions and adjust to the new normal.
Denmark classifies countries into two groups, open countries and banned countries. From open countries, everybody except for people with clear symptoms of Coronavirus can enter Denmark. Click on the image to see the current classification.
Residents in banned countries can enter Denmark only with a worthy reason which can be looked up here.
It is possible to take a free COVID-19 test at the airport and foreign nationals are contacted in case of a positive result. No news are good news! Click on the image to read more details about the test centre.
It is compulsory to wear a medical mask covering the nose and the mouth in the terminals, and all means of public transportation. Click on the image to read the guidelines and recommendations regarding wearing face masks.
It is obligatory to wear a face mask on all means of public transportation, during taxi rides and in hotels, restaurants and bars. Click on the image above the access the Danish Health Authority’s recommendations and guidelines regarding the use of masks.
Click here to check the most updated list of regulations regarding wearing a mask.
Copenhagen and BDP take pride in sustainability and cleanliness even during these hard times so please dispose of your mask in a responsible way, by cutting the strips and placing into one of the many garbage cans. Cutting the elastics is important so that animals can’t get strangled in case the used mask won’t make it to one Denmark’s modern waste management facilities.
Other than the compulsory mask, the above is to be followed regarding using public transportation.
Check the restrictions on social gatherings here.
New Normal includes keeping physical distance and following signs about walking directions in public spaces. Everybody should sneeze and cough into the sleeve and we must limit physical contact. Hand sanitisers are broadly available throughout the city.
In case of feeling ill, the following steps should be taken.
Sustainability in its many forms is a huge part of the BDP DNA and as such, we are always curious about the interesting sustainable actions being taken in the world today.
Our curiosity led us to the idea, that we would pay tribute to those of our suppliers who are doing something special in regards to sustainability.
This is why, every first week of the month, we will be announcing a new “Sustainable Supplier of the Month” in this blog post and on our social media.
We hope you will like (read: love ❤️) the concept and feel inspired by the many creative sustainable projects out there! 💡
#8 – March 2020
If you visit Kadetten’s café, bakery or meeting locations in spectacular surroundings at Kronborg Castle, you will not only get the chance to treat yourself with delicious coffee and meals but also support to troubled teenagers and young people stepping on the job market.
The building where the cadets used to get their stripes on the shoulders when they advanced in rank and became officers now serves as the place where all the café’s cadets make sure that the guests get a memorable experience. Both culinarily, service-wise and historically – considering the restaurant’s unique area.
Kadetten is owned by a non-profit social-economic foundation whose purpose is to create a place in the labour market for people with special needs. Their ambition is to develop their cadets professionally, socially and personally so that special needs become special skills – and real jobs. The café offers organic meals. The most special of them is the organic rye bread which is also included in many dishes. The soldiers in their time were given rye bread as part of their salary. At Kronborg, there are several walled ovens where the rye bread was baked. The items on the menu are home-made and many of the raw materials were grown in the area by the cadets.
Sustainability is not only all about environmentalism but also to contribute to society and focus on the development of the individual. Kadetten sets an example of how to incorporate CSR into the business model yet stay profitable, BDP salutes such dedication.
#7 – February 2020
It is our greatest pleasure to announce that the Sustainable Supplier of the Month in February is Totem Entertainment.
Totem Entertainment combines breath-taking dance, lightshow, fire and body paint with utmost professionalism and sustainability. With the aim of being the leaders in creating sustainable performances for the event industry in Denmark, they change their operations and the design of the shows.
Latest initiative is the partnership with Mike Bloomberg Philanthropies NYC to produce and co-create the Climate Awards, which were held at the end of last year, during the C40 Climate Conference in Copenhagen was the biggest step for Totem Entertainment. The purpose of the awards is to recognise world leaders who are managing climate change in their cities. The story weaved many of Denmark’s climate friendly initiatives into the introduction to each of the awards, including the electric boats on the harbour, bicycle bridges and clean energy.
Creating costumes from waste decoration materials and the sustainability-themed shows are the first step of this precious journey, BDP is proud to support and recognize. We welcome the new astonishing performances and creative ideas to take of the environment!
#6 – January 2020
2020’s first Sustainable Supplier of the Month is … drumroll … Comwell Hotels! The chain deserves the acknowledgement for providing award-winning guest experiences yet have sustainability as their highest priority.
Their efforts, called Comwell Care are recognised nationally and internationally by the REFOOD label, the Green Key label and the Organic Cuisine Label.
They have increased the amount of vegetables and use less but better-quality meat in their kitchens. They also bake, pickle and produce more food from scratch. In their spa facilities sustainable, paraben-free products up to 70% ecology in certain products, natural and essential oils are used. Spas focus on bathrobe and towel consumption and use soya candles with the Nordic Swan Ecolabel instead of scented candles and fragrance sticks. As per housekeeping, perfume-free and environmentally friendly, non-allergic materials and chemicals are used with the aim of purchasing products only with the Nordic Swan Ecolabel.
To BDP’s greatest enthusiasm, a newly built green hotel will be opened in 2021 100 meters away from the new metro line in Copenhagen’s new, upcoming trendy neighbourhood, Nordhavnen. Nordhavn has a special place in BDP’s heart as cruise vessels dock in this area as well, so a great collaboration is expected with Comwell Copenhagen Portside.
#5 – DECEMBER 2019
Copenhagen is without a doubt amongst the best cycling cities in Europe and cycling plays an important role in Copenhagen’s plan of becoming CO2 neutral by 2025.
We would like to share the Copenhageners’ enthusiasm for biking with visitors. Getting around by bike is an essential part of understanding the Danish lifestyle.
Our long-established and beloved partner, Københavns Cykelbørs has provided bikes for us for many seasons and enhanced the variety of tours and opened new horizons in tour-designs. Københavns Cykelbørs has been around since 1881 and has played an important role in Copenhagen’s biking history. The shop both rents; sells and repairs bikes. The service of delivering bikes has been a great help, especially for the Cruise Department. Safety is the first priority both for BDP and Københavns Cyklebørs, so helmets, high-visibility vests and locks are included.
Cykel Ole has been nominated to be our Sustainable supplier of December because he and Cykelbørsen truly complement and augment BDP’s sustainable preferences. Cykelbørsen doesn’t only help us save the environment from the pollution of diesel-run engines but also shares our values regarding business integrity and responsible labour practices.
#4 – NOVEMBER 2019
Say hello to Novembers Sustainable Supplier of the month: Cofoco!
In the fall of 2019, Cofoco officially introduced “Carbon Free Dining”. This means, that all the menus at Cofocos Restaurants have increased by 5 DKK per person. The money is donated directly to a tree-planting project in collaboration with Green Earth Appeal.
Among other things, Green Earth Appeal works to establish ecosystems and sustainable forests and agriculture in the Usambara Mountains in Tanzania.
With this new project, Cofoco invites their guests to take an active part in a greater purpose and to contribute to a better future for our fellow people, the environment and climate.
#3 – OKTOBER 2019
ANNETTE VON EINEM
Octobers nomination for Sustainable Supplier of the month goes to Annette Von Einem.
In October, Annette Von Einem is awarded Sustainable Supplier of the month because she is one of the first flower designers to work with sustainably grown flowers, paper wrapping instead of plastic cellophane and biodegradable oasis (that funny green foam used for decorations).
Annette von Einem is located in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen. She and her team deliver exciting and creative decorations and bindings for larger events. Annette has no less than 18 years of experience behind her and it shows – now also in a sustainable fashion!
#2 – SEPTEMBER 2019
NORDIC CHOICE HOTELS
Septembers Sustainable Supplier of the month is awarded to Nordic Choice Hotels for their initiative ”Sweet Dreams Stay”. The idea is simple but powerful: if a customer chooses not to get their room cleaned for one night, Nordic Choice Hotels will donate money to UNICEF’s work against child trafficking.
At BDP we find this concept unique in many ways, not least because child trafficking is a subject can be difficult to address.
Sweet Dreams is one of 6 We-Care concepts that Nordic Choice Hotels work with.
#1 – AUGUST 2019
Our very first Sustainable Supplier of the Month is Bybi. Bybi produces honey from beehives in different areas of Copenhagen. Besides being a green and sustainable company, Bybi enriches the local community and environment by the socially excluded in honey production, sale and bee reproduction.
At Bybi you can get an exceptional taste of honey ice cream, honey rum or even honey beer. BDP has supported Bybi’s fascinating and sustainable honey production concept since 2012 and has only grown more fond of it over the years. Apart from sponsoring 140.000 of the City Bees, we also plan tours and events with Bybi.
The cruise industry often faces criticism about being bad for the environment. The following interactive collection of the Baltic Sea Region’s, Copenhagen’s and BDP’s efforts aims to shadow the cruises’ reputation and compile our infographics about the positive economic contribution.
Danish Architecture is easily considered one of Denmark’s most influential international reputation. In 2019, two tremendous Bjarke Ingels projects reached the bay, the Ying Yang Panda Facility in Copenhagen Zoo and Copenhill. Bjarke Ingels founded BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group in 2005 after co-founding PLOT Architects in 2001 and working at OMA in Rotterdam. Bjarke defines architecture as the art and science of making sure our cities and buildings fit with the way we want to live our lives. Through careful analysis of various parameters from local culture and climate, everchanging patterns of contemporary life, to the ebbs and flows of the global economy, Bjarke believes in the idea of information-driven-design as the driving force for his design process. Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine in 2016, Bjarke has designed and completed award-winning buildings globally.
Tourists taking their compulsory selfies with the Little Mermaid might discover a weird, triangle-shaped metal building with chimneys in the background. Copenhill is not only the city’s brand-new urban mountain sports facility but an important milestone in reaching Copenhagen’s plan of becoming Co2 neutral by 2025.
Now all Copenhageners and visitors can hit the slopes in the flattest country in Scandinavia all year round! As a multifunctional urban mountain, Copenhill is placed on top of a state-of-the-art waste-to-energy plant, which is one of the best and most complex of this kind in the world.
Besides Skiing & Snowboarding, the visitor can run, hike and train as well as climb and round up the adventure in their cosy facilities and grab something to eat and drink.
The plant, ARC, produces environmental-friendly energy with the newest technology by burning waste and turning the exhaust into energy which yearly provides the city of Copenhagen with electricity for 30,000 households and central heating for 72,000 households.
“The arrival of the pandas and the opening of the Panda Facility is a historical event.” – said Jørgen Nielsen, the Administrative Director of the Zoo of Copenhagen.
The preparations to welcome the two panda bears from China started many years ago with the planning of the facility, preparing zookeepers to take care of the pandas and building the facilities. The Ying-Yang shaped Panda Facility were revealed in early 2017 and after 18 months of construction, Her Majesty the Queen, Margrethe II and Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess Mary amongst with other prestigious guests participated in the opening celebrity. Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark also became the protector of the Zoo as the pandas were state-present to the Queen.
A sum-up and a new beginning
Last week, our annual kick-off took place in Malmö. Throw back on 2019, got inspiration, sat strategies for 2020 and VIP! – dedicated time to have fun and become an even better team. Each department prepared a small activity to sum up their 2019, this way we got the chance to get enjoy Cruise’s presentation, have fun with Admin’s boardgame of BDP keywords and test out the Event Department’s new audio devices on a special guided tour summing up 2019. The event was closedby a delicious dinner above the clouds at Kasai with an enthralling view of Malmö, and we are now ready to embrace 2020.
It has been an exciting time for Copenhagen the past year – especially on the hotel front. New hotels are popping up everywhere, each with their unique atmosphere and style.
In this blog post, you can read all about these new hotels and get a sense of what each of them offers.
Carlsberg Byen is a new vibrant city district in what was once the original Carlsberg brewery. This hotel is where modern architecture meets the old stables and original buildings of the brewery. Hotel Ottilia is right next to the famous elephant gate, and the rooms reflect its history. With a cool industrial look, raw concrete walls, open bathrooms and creative lighting installations this hotel is very unique. The hotel has many social areas where guests can mingle on the lower floors, but also at the rooftop with its terrace, bar, private room, and restaurant.
OPENED IN 2019
The designers behind this stunning hotel made a point to emphasize the rich culture embedded in this historic theatre district of Copenhagen. The result of its spectacular renovation is a lively ground floor with more than one bar and restaurant opening up to the trendy Frederiksberg area. Incorporating the old theatre industry into its design esthetic, Scandic Falkoner is a hit with both locals and tourists alike. The hotel has the Nordic Swan Eco-label making it a sustainable choice for your next visit and event in Copenhagen.
OPENED IN 2019
Treat yourself to a stay at this unique oasis in the middle of Copenhagen. Have a relaxing day at the indoor rooftop pool and terrace and enjoy all the hotel has to offer at its fabulous restaurant and bar. Equipped with high-end meeting facilities, this hotel is the perfect place to host business events. This Guldsmeden hotel offers only the finest 4 star services.
Opens in Fall 2019
Villa Copenhagen, the original place of a 1912 post and telegraph office, drew inspiration from this fascinating historical background in the design of the hotel. The hotel will undoubtably give life to a hot new social scene in Copenhagen, blending the past with the present and inviting a playful atmosphere to come alive. Old charm with a modern contemporary twist is expressed in this cutting edge Copenhagen hotel.
OPENS in 2020
HILTON COPENHAGEN CITY, CHRISTIANSHAVN
This 5 star Hilton Hotel will be making its debut in 2020. Located in the true heart of the city, right next to the historic Knippelsbro bridge, and opening up to the harbor front, this hotel is extrememly accessible by bike, boat, bus, and metro. Designed by the Danish architect company, Henning Larsen Architects, this hotel is expected to embrace the title of becoming one of Copenhagen’s future landmarks. This ‘green’ hotel will utilize sustainability as a design feature by incorporating green walls and responsible practices into its everyday routines.
Opens in 2020
COMFORT HOTEL COPENHAGEN AIRPORT– THE HANGAR MEETING SPACE
This hotel will give way to just what Copenhagen is missing! The largest hotel in all of Scandinavia along with a massive meeting space attached will be opening in fall 2020. This will help transform Copenhagen into a hub for large-scale international events. The new hotel and conference center will make it possible for Copenhagen to host huge conferences, meetings, and events in the future. The hotel and conference center-to-be called ‘The Hangar’ will offer top-of-the-line services and facilities such as a brand new 24-hour fitness center, accessibility for the handicapped, and a skybar on the 11th floor with areal views over Copenhagen and Sweden across the sea.
OPENS in 2020
Scandic Nørreport is opening in one of the most bustling city areas in all of Copenhagen. Day or night, this place is buzzing with citylife. People flock to this square to hop on the metro, shop at the array of stores, and socilize at one of the many cafes lining these streets. Designed for weekend visits, short trips to the city for business, and local copenhageners, Scandic Nørreport will have appeal to many different types of guests. This hotel with provide guests with the perfect opportunity to get a real taste of Copenhagen.
Opens in 2020
SCANDIC COPENHAGEN STRANDPARK
Bringing even more life conveniently close to the Copenhagen Airport, the Scandic Copenhagen Strandpark will be opening waterfront in 2020. Yet another beautiful Scandic Hotel yeilding a large conference department and facilities such as an underground car park. Even better, on the 13th floor get access to a rooftop skybar and terrace with fantastic views overlooking the sea and the city.
Opens in February 2021
Scandic Spectrum could not be opening in a more opportune location for taking part in all of the exciting harbor-front action. Copenhageners love activities centered around their clean harbor, and in recent years, new fun docks used for swimming, partying, and lounging have been popping up around Copenhagen including Bølgen (Danish for ‘the wave’) located right next to the future Scandic Spectrum. Not only that, but this hotel will be in walking distance to tons of top attractions such as the classic amusement park, Tivoli. Relax in the hotel’s hidden garden courtyard, enjoy a drink at the sky bar, or have a delicious meal at one of the several trendy restaurants expected to be opening.