Greetings from Copenhagen!
I am here in the capital of sustainable meetings to attend two events, the MIND and Meetovation with Copenhagen Convention Bureau, Visit Denmark and over 70 international planners and press. If you have been following my feeds on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (#MIND14) you know already some of the activities, venues, talks and food we have experienced in the past three days but that is only a teaser as I have so much more to share with you in the next weeks.
The MIND event has just finished and I take this first opportunity to give you a short update from Copenhagen. The MIND Event – Meetings & Incentive Networking in Denmark is a yearly event for international planners to introduce the latest meeting trends, venues and meeting design the way it is done in Copenhagen, while focusing on achieving return on investment (ROI) from the event. The main sessions were around meetings set-up, interaction (e.g. – gamification as part of the meeting) and involving the five senses. But we also had original and interactive hotel viewings, cocktail class, out of the ordinary dinners, incorporation of sustainability, introduction to the Danish culture and lots of Danish food!
So here is my social media album (Facebook and Instagram) from the last three days but this time with more detailed comments!
“So good to be back in Copenhagen, this time for the #MIND14 event with Copenhagen CVB, Meet Denmark, international event planners and press. Over the three days I’ll be tweeting, instagramming and sharing with you the ‘Danish meetings design”. That was our first lunch at the Nimb restaurant in Tivoli Gardens, inspired by Danish cuisines with festive flavours.
“Opening session #MIND14 in Copenhagen. About to experience the Danish Christmas food and traditions, all new to me”. The dinner took place at the Tivoli Congress Centre and my second time there (that moment when your wifi connects automatically). We were about to experience the traditional Danish Christmas with food, present exchange, songs and traditional games.
“Good morning Copenhagen”. On the first night I stayed at the Scandic Palace, part of the Scandic group hotels. Last time in October I stayed at the Scandic Front and yesterday at the Scandic Copenhagen. I will summarise all my Scandic experiences in one article so watch out this space.
“En route to Copenhagen Street Food”. There are different ways to commute in Copenhagen so this time we took the boat which is next to the Marriott hotel to the Copenhagen Street Food. This time it was a completely new experience, new food and new set up, as it would be for a private group.
“Discovering unique venues in Copenhagen. Memorable dinner experience at the National Aquarium – informal, relaxing and educating”. Our dinner on the second night was at the Den Blå Planet, the National Aquarium which is open only since 1,5 years. During the day it is open to the public but can be privatised for groups for dinners and cocktails. We had a buffet style dinner with popular Danish specialties, followed by a short presentation about the unique fishes. I loved the informal and relaxing atmosphere there.
“Some exercise between meetings. We’re having fun here”. Short and interactive sessions at the Radisson Blu Falkoner Hotel. In this particular task we had to work together to pass tennis balls from one side to another. Was great fun.
“In the ‘brain box’, thinking out of the box and channelling my inner child”. Second interactive session at the Radisson Blu Falkoner Hotel. We were invited to experience the ‘brain box’ room with mixed furniture and walls you can write on in order to just brain storm in an informal way and incite your creativity.
“Among many highlights of the #MIND14 event in Copenhagen, I can say that one of the most memorable experiences was visiting the Danes at their homes. I was touched by their friendliness, warm hospitality and impressed by their excellent taste in design!”. On the second day we were invited in groups of 10 to visit the Danes at their homes. That was a very unique experience and also very personal I am very grateful for.
Hope you have enjoyed this small wrap-up and stay tuned for more updates, news and ideas how to make MIND Blowing events.