Vancouver's Awards & Accolades

Vancouver named one of the world’s most liveable cities by Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Liveability Ranking (August 2016)
The Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Global Liveability Ranking scores 140 cities on five lifestyle categories, including stability, healthcare, culture & environment, education and infrastructure. Six of the top 10 most livable cities in the world are in Australia and Canada. Melbourne ranked first, Vienna was second and Vancouver third, followed by Toronto, Adelaide, Calgary, Perth, Auckland, Helsinki and Hamburg.

Destination of the Year - Luxury Travel Guide Awards 2016 (August 2016)
Vancouver has been named Destination of the Year in the 2016 edition of the Luxury Travel Guide Awards. These awards represent the pinnacle of travel and tourism achievement, championing the best in their respective fields. All winners are subject to the same rigorous assessment carried out by the publication’s in-house professionals. The Luxury Travel Guide provides insight for the affluent traveller, with over half a million registered subscribers for its newsletters and digital publications. The Luxury Travel Guide Awards annual printed publication is distributed to 10,000 luxury hotels around the world and is also available at 23 exclusive Aspire Airport Lounges across Europe. Readers are professional, affluent and high net worth individuals.

Vancouver takes top honours in prestigious Watkins Research Group’s Meeting and Convention Planners Survey (May 2016)
Watkins Research Group’s Meeting and Convention Planners Survey is considered the most comprehensive and authoritative survey of the convention and meetings industry, and its annual rankings are based on a global evaluation of meeting and convention organizers. Out of the 40 North American cities surveyed this year, Vancouver placed first in Canada and second in the continent. The city earned a number of honours, including:

  • #1 for Client Advocate Score
  • #1 for superior convention centre facilities
  • #1 for superior convention centre services
  • #1 for being a safe and secure destination
  • #1 for superior Convention and Visitors Bureau/Destination Marketing Organization

International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) ranked Vancouver the top city in North America for international meetings (May 2016)
Amsterdam-based ICCA releases an annual report ranking cities according to the number of international meetings hosted in the previous year. Thanks to factors like state-of-the-art convention facilities and strategic destination marketing, Vancouver hosted 78 international meetings in 2015 – more than any other city in North America. The city placed 29th in the world, ahead of other renowned meetings destinations like Montreal and Toronto.

Vancouver named one of the world’s top food destinations by Gogobot (July 2016)
Vancouver made the list of the top 10 Rising Star foodie destinations in Gogobot's 2016 Foodie Tribe Awards, bringing local produce and seafood with Far East influences to the table. Gogobot takes a number of different factors into account when selecting its winners, including data from more than 60,000 destinations in its database and traveler reviews and recommendations.

Vancouver makes TripAdvisor’s list of 10 Most Popular Summer Rental Spots in Canada (July 2016)
TripAdvisor’s Most Popular Summer Rental Spots in Canada list is based off an analysis of vacation rental interest for stays between June 2016 to August 2016 in Canadian destinations where rental properties are available on TripAdvisor.  Findings show that travellers have praised Vancouver for its quirky neighborhoods, free summer festivals, and scenic public gardens and beaches. 

Best Place to Visit in Canada - U.S. News & World Report Best Vacations Rankings (June 2016)
U.S. News & World Report, a nationally recognized publisher of consumer advice and information, released its annual rankings of the Best Vacation Destinations for 2016-17. Vancouver ranked No. 1 in the category of Best Places to Visit in Canada, and was praised as a “go-to getaway for the multi-faceted traveler.” To identify top vacation spots worldwide, U.S. News analyzed more than 250 destinations using a methodology that combines travelers’ opinions with expert analysis.

Favourite City in Canada - Baxter Travel Media’s 2016 Agents’ Choice Awards (June 2016)
Vancouver was named Favourite City in Canada by Baxter Travel Media’s 2016 Agents’ Choice Awards, the 17th year of the annual readership survey. This year, over 5,500 travel trade professionals in Canada were surveyed on 35 categories to reveal trade favourites, from airlines to resorts to destinations. Baxter Travel Media publishes Canadian Travel Press and Travel Courier, two leading Canadian travel industry publications.

Destination with the Highest Client Satisfaction, Canada - TravelAge West WAVE Awards (June 2016)
Vancouver has been honored with a TravelAge West 2016 Editor’s Pick Award in the category of Destination with the Highest Client Satisfaction, Canada, as part of the TravelAge West WAVE (Western Agents’ Votes of Excellence) Awards. Now in its eleventh year, the goal of TravelAge West’s WAVE Awards is to give travel agents in the West the opportunity to recognize the outstanding qualities and services of their travel-supplier partners. The Editor’s Picks were chosen by Editor-in-Chief Kenneth Shapiro and the entire editorial team of TravelAge West. Review methods included product analysis, on-site visits, a survey of a select group of travel agents and online research.

Tourism Vancouver's Visitor Centre awarded TripAdvisor 2016 Certificate of Excellence (June 2016)
The travellers have spoken: Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre has been recognized with the prestigious 2016 Certificate of Excellence designation from TripAdvisor. This achievement celebrates businesses who have consistently achieved glowing traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year and maintained an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five. The Visitor Centre offers free information and reservations services, as well as exclusive discounts on selected products such as attractions admissions, adventure products, sightseeing tours and lift tickets. 

Best Quality of Life and Economic Impact – SportBusiness Ultimate Sports Cities Awards (April 2016)
Thirty cities out of an original list of 150 made the cut to be considered the SportBusiness Ultimate Sports City of 2016 based on their major event portfolios. Cities were voted on by a panel of esteemed external judges, based on categories such as venues, transport and infrastructure, and event strategy. Vancouver ranked 16th overall and took home the award for Best Quality of Life and Economic Impact.

Top Destination in Canada – TripAdvisor’s 2016 Travelers’ Choice Awards (March 2016)
Vancouver ranked No. 1 in TripAdvisor’s 2016 Travelers’ Choice Awards for Top 10 Destinations in Canada. Celebrated for its “forests, grand parks and impressive suspension bridge,” Vancouver topped the list over Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto and Victoria. TripAdvisor surveys millions of travellers each year for their favourite destinations, hotels and attractions worldwide.

Best Airport in North America - Skytrax (March 2016)
For an unprecedented seventh consecutive year, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) was named North America’s number one airport in the Skytrax World Airport Awards. Considered the global benchmark of airport excellence, the Skytrax awards are distributed based on more than 13 million passenger surveys conducted across 550 airports.

Most Livable City in North America – Mercer Quality of Living Survey (February 2016)
Vancouver has once again ranked the top city in North America in Mercer’s 18th Annual Quality of Living Survey, maintaining the title of fifth most livable city in the world. Vancouver is the only North American city to crack the top 10. Mercer’s annual survey compares and ranks more than 440 cities across the globe according to 10 criteria, including political and social environment; sociocultural factors; housing; and natural environment.

BMO Vancouver Marathon named to Forbes’ ‘Top Marathons Worth Traveling For’ (February 2016)
Forbes Travel has ranked the BMO Vancouver Marathon as one of the ‘12 Top Marathons Worth Traveling For.’  Listed alongside world-renowned races such as Big Sur, Maratona di Roma, the Great Wall Marathon, and Marathon de Paris, the BMO Vancouver Marathon represents as Canada’s top destination race, welcoming thousands of runners from across the globe and showcasing Vancouver’s spectacular scenery.

The Guardian honors Vancouver’s English Bay as One of the World’s Best City Beaches (February 2016)
The Guardian (UK) named English Bay one of the top city beaches in the world, highlighting the West End’s unique cafes, iconic Stanley Park, Honda Celebration of Light fireworks, and the unbeatable sunsets. English Bay was one of only two Canadian beaches to make the list.

Best Destination in Canada – Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards (December 2015)
In Travel Weekly’s 13th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, Vancouver was once again voted Canada’s best destination. Every year, the industry’s leading source of news, research and analysis polls an audience of more than 12,000 travel professionals to honour suppliers and destinations that have paved the way in product and service during the past year. There are 74 award categories, each representing “the best of the best of the travel industry.”

Destination with the Highest Client Satisfaction in Canada (June 2015)
In TravelAgeWest’s Western Agents’ Votes of Excellence (WAVE) awards, Vancouver was named the destination with highest client satisfaction in Canada. More than 6,000 travel agent professionals, along with readers of TravelAgeWest, cast votes based on a “best of the best” list curated by the publication’s editorial team.

World’s Best Food Cities – Condé Nast Traveller (April 2015)
In the esteemed publication’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards, Vancouver was named the 12th best food city in the world. Readers and editors praised Vancouver’s authentic Asian food, decadently diverse dining experiences, and local restaurants’ effortless ambience – all housed in a “sparkling waterfront city”.

2015 National Meetings Industry Day (NMID) Influence Award – Meeting Professionals International (March 2015)
Tourism Vancouver’s Be a Host program received this coveted award that recognizes people and organizations that support the development of meetings and conventions, or the development of policy and programs impacting the meetings industry. Be a Host was honoured for its positive influence in the industry and for providing major support to global events that have confirmed programs in Vancouver.

Best Airport in North America – Skytrax World Airport Awards (March 2015)
For the sixth consecutive year, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) was named North America’s number one airport in the Skytrax World Airport Awards. Considered the global benchmark of airport excellence, the Skytrax awards are distributed based on more than 13 million passenger surveys conducted across 550 airports.

Most Livable City in North America – Mercer Quality of Living Survey (March 2015)
Vancouver has once again topped Mercer’s Quality of Living Survey, maintaining the title of North America’s Most Livable City and fifth most livable in the world. Mercer’s annual survey compares and ranks more than 440 cities across the globe according to 10 criteria, including political and social environment; sociocultural factors; housing; and natural environment.

Best Canada Port – Porthole Cruise Magazine (January 2015)
Vancouver received the 2015 Editor-in-Chief Award for Best Canada Port in Porthole Cruise Monthly, the leading consumer cruise and travel publication in the U.S. The annual awards list honours members of the cruise and travel industry who have gone above and beyond in terms of service, quality and excellence.

Best Destination in Canada – Travel Weekly (December 2014)
In Travel Weekly’s annual “Reader’s Best” awards, more than 9,000 readers voted Vancouver the best destination in Canada. The publication’s readership is primarily made up of travel counselors, industry marketing executives and CEOs of the world’s largest travel companies – a group very much qualified to evaluate the tourism industry’s ever-increasing range of destinations, products and services.

Best City in the World (Shortlisted) – Telegraph Travel Awards (December 2014)
Vancouver was named one of the world’s top three cities (along with Cape Town, the winner, and Venice) in a global survey that received nearly 90,000 respondents. Every year, readers of the U.K.’s Telegraph newspaper vote for their favourite travel companies and destinations, making these awards among the most comprehensive and wide-ranging travel surveys in the world.

World’s Most Reputable Cities – Reputation Institute (November 2014)
Vancouver is among the world’s top 10 most reputable cities, according to the New York-based Reputation Institute. Every year, the organization rates cities around the world on factors related to advanced economy, appealing environment and effective government. Data is collected via interviews with more than 19,000 people in cities with large populations, strong gross domestic product and heavy tourism. Vancouver ranked seventh on the list with a score of 74.8 points out of 100.

Fourth Greenest City in the World – Global Green Economy Index (October 2014)
Every year, the Global Green Economy Index measures the green economic performance of 60 countries according to four key dimensions – leadership and climate change, efficiency sectors, markets and investment, and environment and natural capital – and contrasts this with perceptions by expert practitioners on these same dimensions. The resulting rankings reflect the actual green performances of countries and cities worldwide, as well as global perceptions of countries. This year, Vancouver was named among the top greenest cities in the world – the only city in North America to land in the top five – and significantly outperformed the perception and actual scores for Canada.

Skytrax World Airport Awards (2014)
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) was named Best Airport in North America for the fifth year running, and ranked ninth worldwide.

Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Livability Ranking (August 2014)Vancouver was once again named one of the world’s most livable cities, ranking third (just behind Melbourne and Vienna). The ratings are based on a comprehensive assessment of 140 cities round the world, ranked according to five categories: stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

World's Healthiest Places to Live – Time Magazine (August 2014)
Time Magazine named Vancouver among the world's healthiest cities, indicating that "it's hard to beat Vancouver" when it comes to healthy lifestyles. The publication cited the city's mild climate, locally sourced foods, outdoor activities, healthcare and low-cost education as major contributors to Vancouver's fit reputation.

Top Travel Destination in Canada – Travel + Leisure (July 2014)
The world’s definitive publication for destination and travel information, Travel + Leisure’s annual World’s Best Awards is based on reader evaluations of cities worldwide. Ratings are based on five characteristics, including sights/landmarks, culture/arts, restaurants/food, people and value. This year, Vancouver’s score was high enough to claim the title of best city in Canada and sixth best in North America.

Stanley Park: Top Park in the World – TripAdvisor (June 2014)
In its 2014 Travellers’ Choice Awards, TripAdvisor named Stanley Park the top urban park in the world. Each year, the company surveys millions of travellers for their favourite hotels, destinations, attractions and beaches worldwide, and shares the results on its high-traffic website. Travellers cited Stanley Park as the world’s best because of its "mini-forest, beautiful gardens, totem poles and scenic walkways".

Top North American City – Monocle magazine (June 2014)
Internationally renowned Monocle magazine named Vancouver the top city in North America in its 2014 Quality of Life survey. The publication is based out of London and provides comprehensive briefings on global affairs, business, culture and design. In its annual Quality of Life compilation, Monocle examines the “elusive alchemy that makes a good city a great place to live”.

2014 Garden Tourism Award for Destination of the Year – Canadian Garden Council (June 2014)
Vancouver received the 2014 Garden Tourism Award for Garden Destination of the Year. The annual awards highlight the country’s most dynamic garden experiences and acknowledge destinations as well as specific venues for contributing to Canada’s garden experience within the tourism industry.

Mercer Quality of Living Ranking (2014)
In Mercer’s annual Quality of Living survey, Vancouver was ranked top city in North America and fifth in the world. The 2014 survey measured living conditions in more than 460 cities according to factors such as political and social environment; economic environment; schools and education; housing; and natural environment.

SportsEvents Media Group – 2014 Readers’ Choice Award (2013)
SportsEvents awarded Tourism Vancouver the 2014 Readers’ Choice Award in the British Columbia category. One of the industry’s leading publications, SportsEvents focuses exclusively on assisting planners with producing excellent competitions in Canada and the U.S. Every year, sports event professionals from across North America are asked to nominate sports commissions, convention and visitor bureaus, and event venues that they believe show exemplary creativity and professionalism toward the groups they host.

Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards – Best Destination in Canada (2013)
In Travel Weekly’s 11th annual awards chosen by the publication’s readers – including travel counsellors, industry marketing executives and CEOs of the world’s largest travel companies – Vancouver was voted the Best Destination in Canada.

Baxter Travel Media– Agent Choice Award for Top City/Town in Canada (2013).
In Baxter Travel Media’s annual awards, voted on by Canadian travel agents, Vancouver was named the top city in Canada.

Travel + Leisure magazine – Top 10 Cities in Canada and the U.S. (2013)
In Travel + Leisure’s annual "World's Best" awards, Vancouver was ranked #9 on the list of top cities in Canada and the U.S.

Travel + Leisure magazine – Stanley Park, one of the world’s most beautiful city park (2013)
Vancouver’s 1,000 acre Stanley Park was included on Travel + Leisure magazine's list of world’s most beautiful city parks.

National Geographic magazine - Top 10 Beach Cities (2013)
Vancouver was named one of National Geographic magazine's "Top 10 Beach Cities" alongside Sydney, Honolulu, Barcelona, Rio, Nice, Cape Town, Miami, Tel Aviv and Santa Monica.

Skytrax World Airport Awards (2013)
For the fourth year in a row, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) was named Best Airport in North America. YVR also ranked eighth worldwide – the only airport in North America to land in the top 10.

WWF Global Earth Hour Capital (2013)
After winning the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Green City Challenge Award, Vancouver was named the world’s first Global Earth Hour Capital. The city also came out on top in the People’s Choice category, thanks to online votes cast from around the world. The WWF commended Vancouver’s commitment toward climate change, as well as its holistic and strategic approach to climate action, support for local food and progressive neighbourhood energy plan.

Meetings + Incentive Travel Readers’ Choice Award (2013)
In this year’s Readers’ Choice survey published in M+IT magazine’s Annual Market Report, Tourism Vancouver was named by Canadian MICE planners as one of the top Canadian CVBs to exceed their expectations.

Travel Weekly magazine (December 2012)
For the 10th year in a row, Vancouver was named Canada's best destination in Travel Weekly magazine’s Readers' Choice Awards. The awards are voted on by the publication's core readership of accredited U.S. travel agents. Vancouver has won the "Best in Destination: Canada" award for all 10 years the awards have been held.

Mercer Quality of Living Ranking (November 2012)
In Mercer’s annual Quality of Living survey, Vancouver ranked top in North America and fifth in the world. The 2012 edition of Mercer's annual assessment rated 221 cities on 39 dimensions, including culture, crime, education and public services.

Condé Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards (2012)
Condé Nast Traveler magazine readers voted Vancouver the best city in Canada to visit.

City RepTrak (September 2012)
Vancouver is the world’s most reputable city, according to the Reputation Institute’s annual poll. The Copenhagen-based organization surveyed more than 18,700 people worldwide on the reputations of 100 major cities, and Vancouver beat out world centres like Vienna and Sydney to earn top spot.

World Travel Awards (September 2012)
Vancouver received the World Travel Award for North America’s Leading Sports Tourism Destination. Voted on by travel agents worldwide, The World Travel Awards acknowledges and celebrates excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry.

Travel + Leisure Magazine (2012)
In Travel + Leisure’s annual “World’s Best” awards, Vancouver achieved top ranking as the best city in Canada

Outside Magazine (2012)
In its annual Travel Awards, Outside magazine named Vancouver the world’s Best Weekend Escape. The awards honour the best destinations and experiences across all seven continents, as determined by the publication’s global network of correspondents.

Meetings + Incentive Travel (2012)
In its annual Market Report study, Meetings + Incentive Travel named Tourism Vancouver one of Canada’s top three Convention and Visitor Bureaus.

The World Airport Awards™ (2011)
For the second year in a row, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) was named the best airport in North America. The Skytrax World Airport Service Quality Survey is the most respected Customer Survey of Airport product and service quality, with over 500 airports covered.

Economist Intelligence Unit (2011)
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has named Vancouver the third most liveable city in the world, based on the organization's Global Liveability Rankings survey. Over 30 indicators, grouped into five categories (stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure) are reviewed across 140 cities worldwide, and Vancouver impressively met 97.3 per cent of the criteria set. Vancouver has achieved first-place ranking on this esteemed list multiple times since 2005.

Travel Weekly Magazine (December 2010)
Travel Weekly magazine acknowledged Vancouver as the top Canadian destination for 2010 in their eighth annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Vancouver has won all eight times.

Condé Nast Traveler (October 2010)
Readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine voted Vancouver the “Best City in the Americas” at their annual Readers’ Choice Awards in New York. Vancouver won the top spot over Quebec City, Buenos Aires and Victoria. Cities are scored on ambience, friendliness, culture and sites, restaurants, lodging, and shopping, to give a final ranking. Vancouver was previously named “Best City in the Americas” by Condé Nast Traveler readers in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2009.

Up! magazine (2010)
Up! magazine has ranked Vancouver as Canada's "Most Walkable City" for the second year in a row. Vancouver topped the list based on judging criteria that assessed the experience each city provides to pedestrians - ranging from width of sidewalks to parkland paths. The ranking is part of Up! magazine’s annual walking index in an effort to recognize, celebrate and critique how Canadian cities facilitate the most basic travel of all: the one that starts with our own two feet.

SportBusiness Group (April 2010)
Vancouver has once again been named in the "top 10 of the world’s ultimate sports cities". The city finished sixth overall behind Sydney,Berlin, London, Singapore and overall winner Melbourne. However, Vancouver finished first in the medium sized city category, as well as for Quality of Life, one of the criteria in the assessment.

The International Congress & Convention Association (2010)
In a worldwide ranking of the number of international meetings held per city, Vancouver placed 33rd on the list, which makes it the #1 convention city in North America.

The Economist Intelligence Unit (June 2009)
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has once again named Vancouver as the world's most liveable city based on the organization's Global Liveability Rankings survey. Over 30 indicators, grouped into five categories (stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure) were reviewed across 140 cities around the world, and Vancouver impressively met 98 per cent of the criteria set.

The Economist Intelligence Unit (December 2008)
Not only is Vancouver the world’s most liveable city, but the EIU also ranked Vancouver as the top city for business travel for the third year in a row. The Business Travel index assessed and compared 140 cities as potential venues for business trips, conferences and training locations, taking into consideration the cost-related and environmental factors of each city.

Community Marketing Inc. (November 2008)
For the third year in a row, Vancouver was recognized as the number one gay leisure travel destination in Canada during an international survey conducted by Community Marketing Inc. (CMI). The annual survey, with over 4,000 gay and lesbian participants, is the largest of its kind and placed Vancouver at the top spot within Canada above both Montreal and Toronto. Vancouver also ranked as the second most-visited international destination.