Earlier this year I was invited to attend the m&i event in Oslo. Norway is a country we have not yet hosted an event in, which is why the trip was essential to expand our knowledge on the area and discover what it has to offer! The m&i events are a great way to network with those in the industry and I was fortunate enough to meet with a range of suppliers from all over Europe, as well as discovering many Oslo attractions and venues.
Event sustainability is something as a country Norway knows very well! I learnt a lot about how ahead of the game they are when it comes to sustainability. Oslo has a zero-emission strategy and the hospitality industry play an integral role within this. Within the city, 95% of hotels, venues and suppliers are eco-certified and their two main venues – Oslo Congress Centre and NOVA Spektrum are eco-lighthouses, meaning they meet the highest standards in regard to waste disposal, transportation and suppliers.
Additionally, another great aspect of Oslo is that it has many nature-based incentive activities, this is a selling point for the city as the activities have such a low carbon footprint. The activities range from guided forest hikes, kayaking, unique sauna boats as well as river cruises. I was lucky enough to go out on a fjords cruise, where I enjoyed the picturesque scenery, a great trip for delegates to enjoy the nature of the city. Another highlight to note of my trip was my visit to SNØ – one of the worlds largest snowdomes, it has a great space for corporate events and is such a unique venue to host!