Copenhagen tipped to bring in bumper profit

Copenhagen is predicting that 2002 will be its most profitable year to date for C&I business, with a turnover of DKK10bn (£832m), according to the Danish Tourist Board. "This year alone will see two major IT firms – Oracle and Cisco Systems – using Copenhagen for their European conferences," said Jonathan Cohen, the board’s marketing manager, conference and incentives. He added that the city had recently made huge strides towards meeting the needs of conference organisers from the UK. Since 1999, its hotel capacity has increased by 15% and is expected to increase by at least a further 10% by 2005. "The launch of the Copenhagen Airport Hilton and the Marriott Copenhagen last year have opened the gates for a large influx of new conference facilities," said Cohen. "These openings have prompted a number of existing hotels to upgrade their facilities as well." These include the five-star D’Angleterre hotel, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, which has recently reopened its Palm Court Conference room after an extensive renovation. Another of the city’s conference hotels, the Phoenix, has also recently refurbished all of its 213 bedrooms. Meanwhile, the Copenhagen Congress Centre has introduced changes to enhance its conference infrastructure. "It is now fully networked with wireless connections to all areas and meeting rooms, which has brought many of the bigger conventions to the city," said Cohen.

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