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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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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Congrats for the Award to the European Conference for Science Journalists

We are happy to share the news that the European Conference for Science Journalists (Danske Videnskabsjournalister) won the Copenhagen Congress and Event Award for congresses with less than 1000 participants.

BDP was the PCO on this Congress and we are very happy to hear about the award.

Read more about the nomination in Danish on altomkongres

You can read more about the congress here.

Every year Copenhagen hosts around 200 international congresses and sporting events which generates a great income to the city.  The congresses are also a platform for sharing knowledge, attract talent and export.

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BDP appointed as official hotel agency for Happy Copenhagen 2021

In 2021 the World Pride and EuroGames will be hosted in Copenhagen. BDP is thrilled to be appointed with the task of being the hotel agency of Happy Copenhagen 2021. During the two weeks (August 12th-22nd) of World Pride and the Eurogames, Copenhagen is expecting more than 250.000 visitors to the city. We are looking forward to becoming part of this exciting event – where diversity, equality, and sportsmanship are in the focus.

 
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New Guide & Host Bureau in Copenhagen

The young, fresh guide & host bureau GVIDI promises personalized and authentic experiences mixed with facts of past and present.


GVIDI – Guides and Hosts for hire is launching in Copenhagen. They are specialized in offering memorable experiences for tour and event agencies, corporate companies and private groups. “Authenticity communicated in an inspiring and entertaining way, meeting the guests where they are” is the mission and passion of GVIDI.

Guiding has many angles. People are not only interested in historical data. They also want a personalized tour with local tales and an insight into the culture and daily life in the city. We, therefore, train locals as well as young internationals who live in Copenhagen to deliver entertaining and authentic tours to our guests, but with a solid foundation in knowledge about Denmark’s past and present. Guides who attract the listeners’ attention, always with a smile and highly professional.

… says Project Manager Kamma Kristensen Dal, who has more than ten years’ experience in training and educating tourist guides.

The mother company, BDP – Your Best Destination Partners, has observed the growing interest for Copenhagen and Denmark in the last couple of years. So GVIDI – Guides and Hosts for hire was born from the urge to educate guides who are the voice of the local area and its history, putting their personal edge on the story and thus to make Copenhagen even more attractive for international tourists and corporate visitors.

It is GVIDIs ambition to expand their services to other locations. “GVIDI – Guides and Hosts for hire is even considering becoming a platform for guide services, much in the spirit of a shared economy, where individual guides who don‘t have the funds to market and sell their special tours can market them to a broader audience,” adds Hanne Nehmar, CEO & owner.

For more go to www.gvidi.dk

Kamma Kristensen Dal    booking@gvidi.dk

For more about BDP  www.bdp.dk

Hanne Nehmar hn@bdp.dk

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Nomination of the 22nd International Seaweed Symposium

Congratulations to the 22nd International Seaweed Symposium for being nominated in the winning category as this year’s best congress host for congresses with less than 1.000 participants.

BDP was the PCO on this congress and we are very happy to hear about the nomination.

Read more about the nomination in Danish on alt om kongres 

You can read more about the congress here.

Every year Copenhagen hosts around 200 international congresses and sporting events which generates a great income to the city. The congresses are also a platform for sharing knowledge, attract talent and export.

Copenhagen Congress and Event Award 2017 will be held on April 19th where the winner will be announced. Fingers crossed for the 22nd International Seaweed Symposium!

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BDP Supports: BYBI sustainable honey production

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.

Have you ever tasted honey ice cream? BYBI is all about sustainability; the ice cream bicycle can be booked for groups all over Copenhagen, serving refreshing, locally-produced honey ice cream.

We can also arrange a special “honey tasting”, where your group tastes the different honey varieties produced in Copenhagen’s neighbourhoods. Each jar of honey has its own story.

Interested in getting even closer to the bees? For a hands-on experience, we can plan your group’s visit to BYBI where you get to produce your own honey! Each participant gets to take a jar of honey home as a reminder of this unique experience featuring so many wonderful colours, smells and tastes.

Try a combination of these experiences; how about a bicycle tour in Copenhagen with a pit stop for a honey tasting? A guided walking tour can also be arranged with a short break in e.g. the beautiful park “Kongens Have” where your group finds the BYBI ice cream bicycle for fresh and sweet honey ice cream.

Get in touch with Ebbe Kiær for more information: ek@bdp.dk or +45 33 45 45 11.

About BYBI:

The company was founded in 2010 with the core values of being green, sustainable and enriching the local community and environment through the production. BYBI does this by involving asylum seekers and the homeless; BYBI supports the socially excluded through education in honey production, sale and bee reproduction. Today there are approximately 20 bee yards in Copenhagen and the number keeps growing.

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