Everything you need to know about one of Denmark’s biggest projects
Finally, after almost 30 years of planning, the turning of the first sod of the construction of the Fehmarn Belt fixed link, the tunnel between Denmark and Germany has finally happened. Easier access to Denmark and Scandinavia – and it opens for new opportunities, also for tourism.
Plans to bridge the 18 kilometers between Lolland, Denmark and Fehmarn, Germany emerged in the late 1990s. Until 2010, when the plans for the bridge got discarded, the 20-km-long bridge stretching the possibilities of engineering should have been ready in 2018. However, in 2010 new feasibility analysis by the Danish Fehmarn A/S showed that a tunnel would be a better solution. It took 8 years to prepare plans for the tunnel and acquire every building authorization, but in 2020 the contract got finally activated by the Danish Parliament, Folketinget. The constructions should have started in the summer of 2020, however, because of the pandemic, they got delayed.
First, a factory is built to produce 79 concrete elements to be sunk in the Baltic sea and connecting them will form the tunnel accommodating 2×2 lanes of highway and 2 tracks for railway.
Once the tunnel opens in 2029, the 45-minute ferry ride will be replaced by a 10-minute car ride or a 7-minute train-ride. The Hamburg – Copenhagen travel time will be a little over 3 hours instead of the current 5 hours and no ferry schedules have to be paid attention to. Amongst others, it puts Hamburg into the range of an electric car from Copenhagen, so it encourages e-cars. The attraction also increases awareness of the area thus boosting local tourism and Copenhagen will get a new understanding on the German travel market.
Click on the image to check out the Danish Ministries of Transport and Housing video about the world’s first digital sod-cutting event. Once completed, Denmark will be the proud owner of the world’s longest car-train tunnel.
Watch the Futurology’s video about the construction and the way led up to the groundbreaking.
BDP is ready to assist with your medical congress needs
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.
New Normal at BDP – how we adjust
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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).
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.