VIENNA, AUSTRIA – September 30, 2022 At the close of PCMA’s most successful European event on record PCMA and CEMA President and CEO Sherrif Karamat, CAE announced Copenhagen, one of the world’s leading sustainable meetings destinations, as the host city for Convening EMEA 2023. Convening EMEA is an omnichannel event created for business event professionals and creatives to share learnings and collaborate to build a stronger future for the global business events community. The annual conference will be held September 20 – 22, 2023 at the Bella Center Copenhagen.

“This partnership with Copenhagen is timely as PCMA continues to foster dialogue and outcomes around sustainability and regeneration for the global business events industry,” said Karamat. “We know that if we expect our industry to transform, we need to lead that transformation. We must become a regenerative society, with regenerative jobs, regenerative industries, and renewable resources.”

Convening EMEA 2022 drew a record 460 participants from 41 countries who engaged in discussions, workshops, and case studies focused on three key topics of future, engagement, and planning. Guided by the theme “Together We Move Forward”, the immersive three-day event delivered a platform where voices were heard, and a multi-generational ecosystem allowed for legacy leaders and rising stars to come together to learn and collaborate.

“As Convening EMEA continues its journey to become the nexus of business events in EMEA we feel Copenhagen will create the perfect environment to foster collaboration, experimentation, innovation, and legacy. Their work on sustainability, green, and legacy initiatives is only a few reasons that we chose them as a destination partner” said Regional Director of PCMA EMEA, Jaimé Bennett.

Copenhagen consistently ranks amongst the world’s most popular capital cities for meetings and conventions. The cultural capital of the North was labeled by Monocle magazine the ‘world’s most livable city’, for its safety, tolerance, green initiatives, international connectivity, creative environments, relaxed lifestyle, democratic design, and the active use of spaces.

“We are excited to host PCMA Convening EMEA next year as it is an event always rich on content and highly engaged participants from all corners of our industry. We cannot wait to move forward with our common important agendas and to show everyone what Copenhagen has to offer.” said Kit Lykketoft, Director of Convention, Wonderful Copenhagen.

“We are thrilled to welcome PCMA and Convening EMEA 2023 to Bella Center Copenhagen. Being able to provide the physical destination space for connecting the peers of our very own industry with the purpose of sharing inspiration and knowledge with one another is the epitome of our everyday mission: Hosting moments that matter.” said Christian Folden Lund, CEO of Bellagroup.


Bella Center Copenhagen is a part of Bellagroup – one of Denmark’s leading businesses in the hotel, conference, exhibition, and hospitality industry. Located centrally in the new part of Copenhagen, Ørestad, both Bella Center and the surrounding neighborhood is developing rapidly into a modern and active part of the Danish capital. At Bella Center Copenhagen we strive to always ensure sustainability in every aspect of our business. We call our 360-degree strategic approach to sustainability “Responsible Hospitality”. We believe that sustainability is good business and find it important in terms of our responsibility towards both environment, people, and society as a whole.


Copenhagen Convention Bureau is the official convention bureau of the greater Copenhagen area and is proudly certified as the first Green Tourism Organisation (GTO) in the world. We are a non-profit organization established more than 30 years ago as an independent public-private partnership between the City of Copenhagen and the local meeting industry in Copenhagen.

Our goal is to secure the best possible congress and meeting environment for international events in Copenhagen and to achieve this, we cooperate closely with Meetingplace – our professional network of local partners within the industry – along with universities, national associations, and the international community.

For media queries from the Americas, APAC, EMEA, and requests for interviews with Sherrif Karamat, please contact: Meghan Risch, PCMA Chief of Staff, Vice President, Corporate Communications

About PCMA

PCMA, PCMA Foundation and CEMA educate, inspire, and listen, creating meaningful experiences where passion, purpose and commerce come together. We are the world’s largest community for Business Events Strategists, providing senior-level education, networking, and market intelligence for the global business events industry. Our mission is to drive social and economic progress through business events. Headquartered in Chicago, IL PCMA has 17 North American Chapters, regional communities in APAC, EMEA and LATAM, and members in 59 countries. The Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA), a PCMA subsidiary, advances strategic event marketing and marketing communications for senior-level event marketers and industry professionals. Visit us at pcma.org.

About PCMA Foundation

The role of the Foundation of PCMA is to support the mission of PCMA through fundraising and grant-giving focused on scholarships, education and research that will advance the business events industry. Annually the Foundation funds over $700K in impact, and since 1985 has funded over 2,500 scholarships, 100 research studies and education programs, and $2.7M in charitable giving.

About CEMA

The Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA) is the eminent community for senior event executives, association peers and industry partners and is an integral component of the Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) brand collective. CEMA promotes professional networking opportunities, facilitates peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and drives industry standards. Through strong relationships with strategic partners, CEMA fosters both finding innovative solutions to business issues and continuous focus on members’ career growth. For more information, please visit http://www.cemaonline.com.

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