Take5: Hanne Nehmar, BDP, on the need for innovative meeting design concepts
VisitDenmark: BDP - Best Destination Partners - in Copenhagen are actively offering their clients packages based on the Danish meeting design concept Meetovation; Why and when did this journey begin?
Hanne: For us the journey began in 2011 when we experienced that Denmark lost business to other destinations. We decided to look at alternative and unique products that were outstanding, yet not necessarily costly, and we were introduced to the Meetovation concept. We decided to learn more about Meetovation and implemented the concept at the annual BDP kick off in 2012. All BDP staff was educated in the principles and subsequently all our 'Meetovators' now use the concept actively. We believe it’s a meeting design concept that our clients can benefit from.
VisitDenmark: What to you is the truly unique thing about the Danish Meetovation concept?
Hanne: The five Meetovation principles are participant involvement, creative setups, local inspiration, responsible thinking and RoMI (Return on Meeting Investment). To us the uniqueness of Meetovation is the combination of those five principles, which brings the meeting participants out of the static frames of an ordinary conference room, into an involving environment at a local setting, where they can actually experience the destination they are visiting, too. This increases the engagement of the participants which leads to a higher RoMI.
VisitDenmark: How strong is the demand for new types of meeting designs such as Meetovation amongst BDP's clients? - Do you currently 'push' the usage of new meetings concepts or are your clients asking for it?
Hanne: In general, we experience a strong demand from the clients for different, unique and off the beaten track ideas for their events. When we mention Meetovation, we experience sincere positive response and willingness to learn more. Especially the interests in holding their meeting in a different venue and including extra activities, where the participants experience genuine local spirit are well received.
VisitDenmark: What is usually the biggest challenge(-s) when trying to convince your clients to 'do things differently' in Denmark and to 'go Meetovation' at their next event?
Hanne: As mentioned we experience great interest in Meetovation and its principles. However, when it comes to the clients’ final decision, the client may choose a more creative venue than the ordinary conference room, but is still reluctant to use, for example, the concept's 'active involvement' element. Here is also to consider the clients’ cultural back ground. The concept is differently interpreted, whether the client is from Scandinavia, France or USA.
VisitDenmark: As an experienced professional within the Meetings Industry, how would you rate the importance of Denmark being in a lead position in developing innovative meeting concepts? – Does it give you/the destination a competitive advantage?
Hanne: VisitDenmark’s strategy of using Meetovation as one of its main USPs for Denmark is crucial. In a very competitive world, where some countries benefit from government subsidies and a significantly lower price level, it is imperative for Denmark to stand out, and by using a knowledge-based tool as Meetovation as USP, we trust this is the way to go for Denmark.
About Best Destination Partner (BDP)
BDP - Best Destination Partner- is one of the leading PCO's and DMC's in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The company specialised in professional handling and consulting of custom-made incentive programs, corporate meetings, product launches, and creative events, conferences & congress services and cruise handling – and work actively with the innovative and creative meeting design concepts too!
Hanne Nehmar, Managing Director
Bredgade 28, DK-1260 Copenhagen K - Denmark
Phone: + 45 3345 4510 / Direct: + 45 3345 4501