CEO of Wonderful Copenhagen resigns
POLITIKEN / DR.DK REPORT – Following heavy criticism of the tourism organisation Wonderful Copenhagen, particularly after the Eurovision Song Contest in May brought losses to the city of DKK 58 million (€7.78 million), the body’s chief executive Mikkel Metz Mørch is to resign. The event cost around DKK 112 million to stage – three times more than the original budget.
“All I can tell you is that that following the Wonderful Copenhagen board meeting today, I will be handing in my resignation as CEO,” Metz Mørch told the daily Politiken, though he did not give a reason.
Sophie Hæstorp Andersen, chairwoman of the regional council for the Capital Region, said: “Michael Metz Mørch has been CEO of Wonderful Copenhagen during a period in which the organisation has effectively promoted tourism in Denmark and the Capital Region, for which both he and the board deserve much praise.”
She added: “It is true, however, that the Eurovision Song Contest has placed Wonderful Copenhagen in a difficult situation that requires significant changes to the organisation. We need a period of calm, to regain confidence in Wonderful Copenhagen so that it can continue with the business of promoting tourism. I therefore think it is the correct decision for the CEO to step aside to allow for new blood.”