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Copenhagen CVB shares its Copenhagen Legacy Lab processes and tools with the global meetings industry

Author: Marie Dyhr
Photo: Daniel Rasmussen

While it has received much attention, there is little knowledge of how to work strategically and systematically with congress legacy. Hoping to change this, Copenhagen CVB shares insights from its Copenhagen Legacy Lab initiative with the ICCA community and the global meetings industry.

Congresses of the future need to have a long-lasting, positive impact at heart, not solely as a justification to travel and meet but to augment their contribution to stimulating and driving social and economic change. In order to achieve this, associations and destinations need concrete tools that can help them work strategically with legacy when planning and hosting a congress.

After years of research into legacy and the impact of international congresses along with producing legacy reports and tools with MeetDenmark, Copenhagen CVB shares its new Copenhagen Legacy Lab publication with the global meetings industry parallel with this year’s ICCA World Congress.

Presenting reflections on legacy as well as straight forward and hands-on information on how to work systematically with legacy in a congress setting and the processes involved, the publication follows great work carried out by others such as The Joint Meeting Industry Council, BestCities, ICCA, Sydney University of Technology and IMEX.

“We are incredibly pleased to be able to share these important insights and processes, which are the result of years of hard work to capture and understand the long-lasting and positive impact that international congresses can have on destinations and associations. Reflecting on the past year and all the challenges and uncertainty it has brought along, there is no doubt that the need for international congresses to leave a sustainable impact is more important than ever,” says Kit Lykketoft, Director of Conventions at Wonderful Copenhagen.

In addition to the reflections and insights, Copenhagen CVB will also share the concrete legacy tools, which have been developed in close collaboration with MeetDenmark partners. These tools include posters, commitment sheets, and examples of activity cards that can serve as an inspiration for both destinations and associations in the ICCA community and the meetings industry at large.

The new publication is the result of Copenhagen CVB’s Copenhagen Legacy Lab, which is an initiative set out to support and develop a positive, long-lasting, and sustainable impact of international congresses. As part of the project, Copenhagen CVB is currently conducting legacy processes on several congresses, creating new partnerships with local stakeholders, and exploring a range of activities that can deliver on association and destination objectives. These processes provide Copenhagen CVB with an opportunity to adjust and improve the legacy tools developed together with MeetDenmark. 

“The purpose of Copenhagen Legacy Lab is to develop and collect knowledge and best practices and turn them into concrete actionable learnings for the benefit of the industry and society at large. By sharing the insights and learnings we have achieved so far with the global meetings industry, we hope that associations and destinations around the globe will join our commitment and efforts to ensure positive, long-lasting, and sustainable impacts of international congresses and a strong meetings industry of the future,” says Kit Lykketoft.

Copenhagen CVB will continue its work with the Copenhagen Legacy Lab project as a valuable component to its congress business model. As part of its on-going legacy efforts, Copenhagen Legacy Lab has also become a partner of The Iceberg to support the global work with legacy and to be part of an international platform that enables destinations to knowledge share with each other.