Copenhagen sees congress increase

Wonderful Copenhagen has recorded a 38.2% increase in the number of international congresses it held last year over 2001. The destination pulled in 133 international congresses, generating over E100m (£69m). Three IT companies were among those holding events in the city’s Bella Center. Oracle held its annual conference in June with more than 10,000 delegates, Cisco staged its annual conference for the second year in a row in November, and Microsoft hosted its IT Forum Europe. Wonderful Copenhagen managing director Lars Bernhard Jorgensen said: “Two years ago, it would have been impossible for Copenhagen to host an event the size of the Oracle conference, but now the city has increased its hotel capacity and the bridge to the Oresund region makes hotels in the southern part of Sweden accessible.” The CVB claims it has booked in 63 congresses for 2003, which are set to generate 233,000 bed nights and more than E74m (£51m). This year’s events include the 12th European Conference on Clinical Oncology and Cander Nursing this September, and, once again, the Microsoft IT Forum in November. Copenhagen currently has 12,000 hotel rooms but by 2005 this will rise to 14,000. This year’s openings include the five-star, 270-room Hotel Skt Petri, the four-star, 215-room Quality Hotel Sydhavnen and the three-star, 194-room The Square Copenhagen. Jorgensen said: “Copenhagen, in the past, missed out on many major conferences because of limited hotel capacity. These hotels will meet the demand from the major congresses.”

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