While it has received much attention, there is little knowledge of how to work strategically and systematically with congress legacy. Hoping to change this, the Copenhagen Convention Bureau 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. 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 Meet Denmark, Copenhagen Convention Bureau shared 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 a legacy in a congress setting and the processes involved, the publication follows work by others such as The Joint Meeting Industry Council, Best Cities, ICCA, Sydney University of Technology and IMEX.

“We are pleased to be able to share these important insights and processes. They 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,” says Kit Lykketoft, Director of Conventions at Wonderful Copenhagen.

“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.”

In addition to the reflections and insights, the convention bureau also shares the concrete legacy tools, which have been developed in close collaboration with Meet Denmark 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 the convention bureau’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 Convention Bureau 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 the convention bureau with an opportunity to adjust and improve the legacy tools developed together with Meet Denmark.

“The purpose of the 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 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 Convention Bureau will continue its work with the project as a valuable component to its congress business model. As part of its ongoing 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.

All material can be found here.