Countdown to European Meeting & Events Conference (EMEC) 2016 in Copenhagen


The long-awaited Meeting Professionals International (MPI) European Meeting & Events Conference (EMEC) 2016 is scheduled for February 6-9, 2016, at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel. It will be hosted again by the city of Copenhagen. It is the third time MPI has hosted a conference in the Danish capital. The association previously held its former Professional Education Conference – Europe in Copenhagen in 1998 and 2007.

“MPI is thrilled to return to Copenhagen,” said Paul Van Deventer, President and CEO of MPI. “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. The program provides:

– IMEX/MPI/MCI Future Leaders Forum (FLF) – by invitation only

– EMEC for Me – Getting the most out of the conference experience

The Opening General Session on Sunday will set the scene for the full conference by introducing the “Meetovation” meeting design principles.

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What can participants expect?

Participants will get the feeling of a new experience by the “Meetovation” principle of local inspiration the moment they walk through the door and discover the secret of Danish happiness and work-life balance, with Sharmi Albrechtsen, while being immersed in the essence of “Hygge” – one of the most commonly-used words in Denmark that has no English translation.

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In the general session facilitators, Ann Hansen and Bo Krüger – the co-developers of the Danish Meetovation concept – will take participants on a journey to inspire participants to write the next chapter in their own professional story.

The lure of a Scandinavian fairy-tale city with historic royal palaces, canals, and beautiful gardens are sure to enchant. The Nyhavns Canal is one of the most picturesque and buzzing canals in Europe. The area is full of countless sizzling restaurants where it is difficult to get a table in the summer.

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Copenhagen is a coastal town, and at the shoreline outside the citadel sits the Little Mermaid which is usually surrounded by tourists from all over the world. The latest is a complete new living quarter at the container harbor which also is also home of the Faurschou Foundation at Klubiensvej 11 that has two exhibition spaces – one in Copenhagen’s North Harbour and one in Beijing’s attractive 798 Art District that is hosting Ai WeiWei’s “Ruptures” exhibition until March 20, 2016.

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Chinese artist and political activist, Ai Weiwei, announced on January 26 that he is closing his exhibition in Copenhagen. The artist made the statement regarding his exhibition at Copenhagen’s Faurschou Foundation, “Ruptures,” explaining he made the decision which “follows the Danish parliament’s approval of the law proposal that allows seizing valuables and delaying family reunions for asylum seekers,” as reported by CNN.

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This weekend, Copenhagen is the home for the European Meeting Planners and more than 450 participants are expected for the EMEC 2016. Many of them will be astonished to see the amount of bicycles (450,000 bicycles in Copenhagen) that is part of the Danish culture – for the Danish there is no bad weather, just the wrong clothing.

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The Meeting Professionals International membership is comprised of approximately 18,500 members belonging to 70 chapters and clubs worldwide and has its head office in Dallas, Texas, US.

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