Sustainable Supplier of the Month

Sustainable Supplier of the Month

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

Kadetten

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

Totem Entertainment

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

COMWELL HOTELS

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

KØBENHAVNS cYKELBØRS

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

COFOCO

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

BYBI

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.

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Sustainability in the cruise industry

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.

Where in CPH

Where in CPH?

Play along and get to know 10 brilliant locations in Copenhagen Copenhagen holds much more than the reputation of bicycles and clean harbours and in this blog post, we show you some of the unique experiences lurking around every corner of this fairy tale city. Below we have selected 10 locations in Copenhagen and encourage you to play along and see if you can guess the location based on the clues in the pictures. In the last picture, you will find the right answers along with information on that particular location. Can you guess where in CPH?
Copenhill

Bjarke Ingels’ newest footprints in Copenhagen

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.

Copenhill

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.

Panda Facility

“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.

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BDP Kick-off 2020

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.

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New Hotels in Wonderful Copenhagen

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.

HOTEL OTTILIA

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

SCANDIC FALKONER

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

BRYGGEN GULDSMEDEN

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

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

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

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.

Opens in 2021

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BDP the first Danish Incoming Agency to become Travelife Certified

After six months of intense work, BDP has now become fully sustainability certified through Travelife. To achieve the certification BDP complies with 200 criteria related to an operators’ office management, product range, international business partners and customer information.

Travelife is a three-stage certification program for tour operators and travel agents: (1) Travelife Engaged; (2) Travelife Partner and (3) Travelife Certified. We were awarded the Travelife certified (stage 3). The Travelife Certified award is a recognition of our excellence towards social and environmental sustainability. We comply with more than 160 criteria related to sustainability management, office operations, working with suppliers and customer communication. Travelife is a certification body that is formally Accredited by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), the highest global body for sustainability in tourism, supported by the United Nations.

As early as June, BDP was awarded Travelife Partner, the second step on the certification ladder. To become a Travelife Partner was just the beginning and soon after, BDP started taking the next step to graduate to the last and most important step in the Travelife auspices: becoming Travelife Certified as the first incoming agency in Denmark.

Mr Naut Kusters, manager of Travelife for tour operators, “I am delighted to see that sustainability in the tour operators’ sector is obtaining momentum. The award of the front runner BDP will inspire other companies in Denmark to follow the same path.”

“We are proud and truly happy that we have received the certificate, as this is an important milestone. We do hope that fellow industry colleagues will join the same path. Especially in times where expressions as “over-tourism” and “hordes” are heard more often, it is important that we all take responsibility, “ says Hanne Nehmar, CEO & owner of BDP.

Amongst some of the action we have taken to get the certificate was:

  • Involving the community in developing more sustainable products
  • Logging and reflecting upon our CO2-emissions when we travel
  • Focus more on sustainability when choosing suppliers

BDP look forward to continuing the work with these – and new – sustainable actions in the future!

About Travelife

Travelife, which has been established with the support of the European Commission, is the leading international sustainability certification for the travel sector. More than 35 national travel associations are promoting the scheme to their members including ABTA, The British Travel Association and the Danish ReiseVerband (DRF). In 2017 Travelife for Tour operators have reached the GSTC Accredited status from the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).

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AzAmazing Evening Copenhagen

A magical night at The Royal Opera House

Travelling is all about experiencing and immersing in new, exciting cultures – and this is excatly what we did when BDP hosted the event, AzAmazing Evening, in Copenhagen for the passengers on Azamara Journey.

Azamara’s mission is to enhance Destination Immersion and provide in-depth travel experiences that connect the guests to the heart of local culture – this is what AmAmazing Evenings is all about.

AzAmazing Evenings delivers authentic travel moments that bring guests closer to the destination, its culture and its people. It is a popular event amongst cruise guests worldwide and as such, it is a unique opportunity to show some of Copenhagen’s treasures and culture.

A magical night at The Royal Opera House

This AzAmazing evening took place in The Royal Opera House. The style of the event was a mixture of a high-end night out at the opera with beautiful dresses and a cozy-Copenhagen style evening.

 

Guests were transported from the cruise ship to Opera House on Canal boats this getting a glimpse of Copenhagen’s emblem, the connection and symbiosis with the water.

 

Since the guests had already participated in a guided tour in the morning, they could look at the familiar sights from the beautiful view of the Opera.

 

All in all, it was a magical evening. The guests enjoyed the music, the singers got a standing ovation and everybody had fun and enjoyed themselves to the fullest.

Travelife Sustainability Partner

BDP Awarded Travelife Sustainability Partner

Sustainability has been on the agenda for many years at BDP and in 2019, the company decided it was time to take the next step and become a certifiably sustainable company!

Travelife is a certification system, dedicated to achieving sustainable practices within the tourism industry.  It provides companies with realistic sustainability goals, tools and solutions to implement positive change within their businesses and supply chains.

Becoming a Travelife Partner is a recognition BDPs commitment to long-term efforts within sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility.

BDP complies with more than 100 criteria, related to an operators’ office management, product range, international business partners and customer information. The Travelife standard is covering the ISO 26000 Corporate Social Responsibility themes, including environment, biodiversity, human rights and labour relations; and is formally Recognised as in full compliance with the UN-supported Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria.

Travelife is a certification system, dedicated to achieving sustainable practices within the tourism industry.  It provides companies with realistic sustainability goals, tools and solutions to implement positive change within their businesses and supply chains.

Becoming a Travelife Partner is a recognition BDPs commitment to long-term efforts within sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility.

BDP complies with more than 100 criteria, related to an operators’ office management, product range, international business partners and customer information. The Travelife standard is covering the ISO 26000 Corporate Social Responsibility themes, including environment, biodiversity, human rights and labour relations; and is formally Recognised as in full compliance with the UN-supported Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria.

Wish to generate momentum for sustainability in the tour operators sector

BDP is the 8th company in Denmark to have reached the Travelife Partner award and CEO, Hanne Nehmar is proud of the company becoming a frontrunner for the sustainable movement within the industry in Denmark:

“Sustainability has always been at the very heart of BDP. With the Travelife Partner certificate, we have been able to focus even more on our sustainable efforts. We are thrilled to be part of the Travelife movement, and hope to inspire others to contribute to minimizing the footprints of the DMC industry”

Travelife, which has been established with the support of the European Commission, is the leading international sustainability certification for the travel sector. They are excited about the development within the Danish market:

“I am delighted to see that sustainability in the tour operators sector is obtaining momentum. The award of the front runner BDP – Best Destination Partner will inspire other companies in Denmark to follow the same path” says Mr Naut Kusters, manager of Travelife for tour operators.

An even more sustainable future

For BDP, becoming Travelife Partner is just the beginning. Hanne Nehmars has many more plans for becoming an even more sustainable company in the future. The next step is, to graduate even further in the Travelife auspices and become Travelife Certified. This process is already underway and in the meantime, the BDP team is celebrating the current Travelife Partner nomination with some sustainable muffins!