Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has selected Copenhagen, Denmark, as the destination for its 2016 European Meetings & Events Conference (EMEC), it announced this week. Next year's meeting -- taking place Feb. 7-9, 2016, at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel -- will be the third EMEC to take place in the Danish capital; the meeting previously took place there in 1998 and 2007.
"MPI is thrilled to return to Copenhagen," MPI President and CEO Paul Van Deventer, said in a statement. "In selecting the host city for EMEC, MPI works closely with our European volunteer leaders, strategic partners, and Pierre Fernandez -- the head of MPI's European operations -- to identify destinations that provide world-class infrastructures and facilities, are accessible for our membership, and align with our culture to push the envelope in meeting design. Copenhagen excels in each of those areas."
MPI chose Copenhagen for its commitment to innovation, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Copenhagen, it pointed out, is the birth place of "Meetovation," a meeting design concept that aims to create a better learning outcome and an increased return on investment (ROI) by using creative, state-of-the-art elements and techniques. The city also has a long track record of sustainable meetings management and was voted Europe's Green Capital for 2014 by the European Environment Commission.
Said Fiona Pelham, chair-elect of MPI's board of directors, "Evidence of being in action to make a social, economic, and environmental difference is essential to be a world-leading destination. I am thrilled that MPI's EMEC will be held in Copenhagen in 2016 because it is a city that clearly demonstrates their commitment to sustainability."
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