More about Lars Blicher-Hansen
Lars Blicher-Hansen, meeting industry advisor and editor-in-chief at Meetings & Events Magazine
Lars Blicher-Hansen is since 2010 independent meeting industry advisor and editor-in-chief of the Danish industry publication “Meetings & Events Magazine”, published by Kursuslex.
He has over three decades specialised in congresses and meetings. Originally journalist by education and profession, he builds his work today on his experience as among others: Market director for Business Tourism at VisitDenmark, Director of Sales and Marketing at Wonderful Copenhagen CVB, Deputy Director of the Danish Hotel & Restaurant Association, Managing Director of the Danish Convention Bureau and Chief Information Officer at the Bella Center in Copenhagen.
Furthermore, Lars has been Managing Director of US/Danish joint venture Entertainment Publications in Denmark and Sweden. During his career at VisitDenmark, Lars also was responsible for the development of the national Internet portal visitdenmark.com, the cultural events project Event Denmark, and the highly acknowledged “Meetovation” project. Green initiatives like The Green Key, MPI’s White Paper on Green Meetings and Copenhagen Sustainable Meetings Protocol are also on the list of his many tasks.
Past board member including MPI Denmark Chapter, the Association of Festivals and Events in Denmark, the Hans Christian Andersen Foundation, Export Promotion Denmark and Sport Event Denmark.
Photo: Lars at the Danish MPI Award Dinner in 2013 when he was appointed “MPI Honorable Member of the Year”.
My involvement with MPI started many years ago, when I was invited to give a presentation at the MPI European Conference in Monaco around 1990 of how we created the Danish Convention Bureau in 1988. I felt at once that the MPI organization and its network was extremely relevant also for the Danish meetings industry. Together with my staff at DCB, I started forming a MPI Denmark Chapter shortly after, supported by and in cooperation with my friend and professional colleague Lars Christensen, who at that time was the owner and CEO of the PCO company International Conference Services in Copenhagen and a member of MPI’s International Board Of Directors.
Since then, during shifting career situations, I’ve been active on and off whenever it was relevant for my job. Around 10 years ago, while being responsible for the MICE sector at the national tourist board, VisitDenmark, we took over the secretariat of MPI Denmark, and I was voted in for the Board.
My firm belief is, still, that MPI network is the most important for everybody in the country who works 100 percent of their job time with meetings and events to enhance both their own professionalism and the awareness and respect of the meeting and event industry as such in our society.
My last large achievement during my years at VisitDenmark was to be the responsible project manager of developing the Meetovation concept.
And when Copenhagen hosts for the third time, the EMEC16 I will be as proud as any ‘father’ to a beautiful baby (I do have a ‘real’ and successful daughter as well!), when the entire conference will be carried through based on our Meetovations principles. Facilitated by my dear colleagues and friends, the Meetovation ‘mother’ Ann Hansen and ‘uncle’ Bo Krüger. I do look forward to EMEC16 – and hope that all the MPI members planning to join us too!
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