In the last few months, Vancouver's meeting spaces have seen an influx of upgrades and renovations, and brand-new venues have opened up even more conference possibilities. We've highlighted a select few, though if you're keen for more you can contact Tourism Vancouver's M&C team.

Shangri-La Hotel. One of Vancouver's most luxurious properties recently refreshed its sixth-floor terrace with new tenting and landscaping. A hidden gem among the hotel's six meeting venues, the terrace stretches an entire city block, features unobstructed views of the North Shore Mountains and can accommodate up to 90 people. Equally suited to client events and cocktail parties, the intimate space is ideal for enjoying Vancouver's crisp fall weather. AV capabilities and plasma screens are available upon request.

The Westin Grand Hotel. This downtown hotel features more than 5,000 square feet of function space and a dedicated specialist to ensure logistics are addressed, needs are met and meetings go off without a hitch. The property recently completed upgrades to its seven meeting rooms, the first phase of a comprehensive renovation that includes guestrooms, public spaces and Hidden Restaurant. Inspired by musical terms (Allegro, Concerto and Overature, for example), all function spaces are outfitted with plug-and-play AV capabilities and state-of-the-art integrated AV systems. The Symphony Room - the hotel's largest meeting space - can accommodate up to 80 people, while the outdoor Garden Terrace can host up to 100 for plein air receptions.

Hotel BLU. Newly opened this spring, Hotel BLU provides guests with business travel necessities like Samsung tablets, fitness rooms and an interface that allows guests to wirelessly live stream audio and video content from personal devices to the in-room entertainment system. The hotel also features the "floating" Pacific Boardroom whose floor-to-ceiling windows drench the space in natural light (accommodates up to 14) and a theatre-style conference space that can hold up to 60.

Skwachays Lodge. Another new property in downtown Vancouver, Skwachays Lodge combines boutique accommodations with an immersive cultural experience. The hotel is spread across two floors of a social housing structure whose rooms were designed by teams of Aboriginal artists and six of Vancouver's top interior designers. The hotel also features beautifully appointed meeting spaces with full AV capabilities and catering, including the Cedars Boardroom (seats up to 16) and the Art Gallery (seats up to 60).