M&C News

07/24/2015   THIS IS HOW EASY IT IS TO GET TO VANCOUVER

Get one meeting professional’s perspective on the ease of traveling from the US to Vancouver International Airport along with some helpful tips as you prepare for Convening Leaders 2016. ... more

07/21/2015   NEW AIR ACCESS TO VANCOUVER

On June 16, 2016, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) will commence Canada's first direct flights to Brisbane, Australia. Air Canada's non-stop route will run three times per week initially ... more

06/24/2015   HUPO 2015 IN VANCOUVER SUPPORTS DELEGATES FROM DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

Conference attendees come from all backgrounds and walks of life, but it's not always possible for those from developing nations to attend international conferences. Recognizing this, the Human Proteome Organization World Congress (HUPO) 2015, taking place in Vancouver ... more

06/08/2015   VANCOUVER WELCOMES FIRST INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CONFERENCE OF 2015 - WORLD CONGRESS OF DERMATOLOGY

The Vancouver Convention Centre, Tourism Vancouver and several downtown hotels are pleased to welcome more than 10,000 leading dermatology professionals from around the globe. ... more

05/26/2015   FOUR SEASONS HOTEL VANCOUVER WELCOMES NEW GENERAL MANAGER MARTIN SINCLAIR

The team at Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver is thrilled to welcome a brand new General Manager in Martin Sinclair. A thirty-year Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts veteran ... more

05/11/2015   VANCOUVER RANKED TOP NORTH AMERICAN CITY FOR INTERNATIONAL MEETINGS

Vancouver is North America's top destination for international meetings, according to a report published today by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). The Amsterdam-based organization releases ... more

05/07/2015   CITY OFFERING AFFORDABLE RATES FOR NON-PROFITS AT VANCOUVER CIVIC THEATRES

Not-for-profit organizations will now be able to book rental spaces at Vancouver's world-class City-owned venues including Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse and the Orpheum at significantly reduced rates ... more

04/28/2015   CONGRATS TO THE VANCOUVER MAGAZINE RESTAURANT AWARD WINNERS

Tourism Vancouver member restaurants cleaned up at the 26th Annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards! The highly coveted "Restaurant of the Year" award went to ... more

03/31/2015   VANCOUVER IS SOLVING ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES FACING THE MEETINGS INDUSTRY

Vancouver is connecting the dots between the attendees that come to Western Canada and the people who call it home. Officials in Vancouver and TED organizers have worked together to make sure the entire city has access ... more

03/26/2015   4 LESSONS EVERY MEETING PLANNER SHOULD TAKE FROM TED’S CONTENT STRATEGY

As more organizations begin to operate with a "content is king" mindset, TED's strategy offers a clear path to success. Here are four key lessons that will resonate with every meeting planner. ... more

03/11/2015   VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT SETS SKYTRAX RECORD

For the sixth consecutive year, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) was named North America’s number one airport in the Skytrax World Airport Awards – and in doing so, YVR made Skytrax history ... more

03/04/2015   IT’S GETTING HOT IN HERE: FIFTY SHADES STEAMS UP VANCOUVER

Fifty Shades of Grey hit theatres in February, though by now Mr. Grey's saucy antics are old news to Vancouverites. Much of the innuendo-packed production was shot in downtown Vancouver ... more

03/03/2015   PROHIBITION COCKTAIL BAR OPENS IN DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER

After days of meetings, the thrill of post-conference dining can start to fade - and that's the perfect time to shake up clients with a trip to an underground, unexpected and impossibly hedonistic cocktail bar. ... more

02/27/2015   VANCOUVER USHERS IN BANNER INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION YEAR

2015 will be one of Vancouver's strongest years for international conventions, according to the Vancouver Convention Centre and Tourism Vancouver. More than 165,000 out-of-town delegates - 40,000 from outside ... more

02/26/2015   SAVE YOUR SALARY: VANCOUVER ABOUNDS WITH FREE FUN

One of the best attributes of Vancouver's outdoor playground is that you don't have to dish out dollars to soak in the spectacular scenery. Many of Vancouverites' favourite pastimes - wandering lush Stanley Park ... more

02/19/2015   VANCOUVER TO HOST THE 2015 INSTITUTE OF SCRAP RECYCLING INDUSTRIES ANNUAL CONVENTION AND EXPOSITION

This April 21 - 25 2015, Vancouver, Canada, is proud to host the world's largest scrap recycling industry convention and trade show at the Vancouver Convention Centre. ... more

02/16/2015   CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER NAMES THREE VANCOUVER PROPERTIES AS WORLD'S BEST BUSINESS HOTELS

In Condé Nast Traveler's "Best International Hotels for Business Travel" awards, three Vancouver proprieties secured the first, second and twentieth place spots. Our first class hotels are among the many reasons ... more

02/16/2015   RACE TO THE FINISH: MEETING PLANNERS PLEDGE TO TACKLE HALF-MARATHON IN VANCOUVER

The #SeaWheezeFAM is back by popular demand! This summer, a few dozen meeting planners will travel to Vancouver for an action-packed familiarization trip that culminates in running the lululemon SeaWheeze (August 15), a scenic ... more

01/28/2015   NEW CONFERENCE FACILITY DEBUTS AT UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

Vancouver’s newest event space is perched on one of the city’s most scenic sprawls of land. Opening in May, the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre is a brand-new, state-of-the-art meeting venue located at the University of British Columbia ... more

01/28/2015   VIDEO: PCMA'S 60TH IN VANCOUVER

The Vancouver team recently debuted a video celebrating 60 great things about Vancouver in honour of PCMA's 60th anniversary of Convening Leaders, happening in Vancouver next year. We invite meeting professionals to attend ... more

01/23/2015   TOURISM VANCOUVER’S CSR INITIATIVES

The start of a new year offers prime motivation to give back to causes you believe in. Throughout 2014, Tourism Vancouver put this into practice - and encouraged meeting professional clients to do the same - by engaging in various ... more

01/20/2015   LIVE THE LIFE AT TRUMP INTERNATIONAL HOTEL AND TOWER VANCOUVER

Vancouver is the next destination to shine in Donald Trump’s collection of luxury hotel properties. The $360-million Trump International Hotel and Tower Vancouver is scheduled to open in fall 2016 with a coveted location in Coal Harbour. ... more

01/20/2015   YVR OFFICIALLY OPENS NEWLY EXPANDED DOMESTIC TERMINAL

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) recently celebrated the opening of the expanded Domestic Terminal, the A-B Connector. Featuring new gate capacity, an expedited baggage system, seismic upgrades and a wide range of new dining and ... more

01/16/2015   BESTCITIES: WHEN THE WORLD WANTS TO MEET, WE SET THE STANDARD

BestCities Global Alliance, of which Vancouver is a founding member, kicked off the New Year by joining its strategic partner - Professional Conference Management Association (PCMA) - at its signature event, Convening Leaders ... more

12/15/2014   VANCOUVER WELCOMES RECORD NUMBER OF OVERNIGHT VISITORS IN 2014

Tourism in Vancouver exceeded expectations in 2014, and 2015 is anticipated to be even stronger, according to Tourism Vancouver. In fact, projected overnight visitation to year-end is 8.94 million - the highest visitation in the city's history. ... more

12/09/2014   5 KEY TRENDS THAT WILL IMPACT CONVENTION CENTERS IN 2015

No matter where you turn in the meetings industry, you'll find one common characteristic: change. From planners who are rethinking attendee engagement strategies to exhibitors who are redesigning booth spaces to sponsors ... more

12/09/2014   BESTCITIES AND PCMA ON TOP OF THE WORLD WITH NEW STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

BestCities Global Alliance and Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) chose a meeting on top of Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain to announce a landmark agreement that will see the first global ... more

12/09/2014   HOW TO TAKE YOUR MEETING TO CANADA FOR THE FIRST TIME

Many of the recent conversations in the meetings industry have focused on one key topic: the need to reach more international attendees. As more professionals around the world search for continuing education and networking ... more

11/28/2014   YVR IS NORTH AMERICA’S LEAST FRUSTRATING AIRPORT

After conducting a continent-wide survey, business-focused publication Bloomberg Businessweek found that frequent flyers consider Vancouver International Airport (YVR) the least frustrating airport in Canada and the U.S. ... more

11/20/2014   BRAND.LIVE LAUNCES NEW CONFERENCE SERVICES DIVISION

Internationally recognized for executing award-winning campaigns that benefit clients around the world, Vancouver-based event production agency brand.LIVE has added conference services to its comprehensive range of services. ... more

11/04/2014   MORE AWARDS, MORE REASONS TO MEET IN VANCOUVER

We don't like to brag, so we'll let Vancouver's most recent awards do it for us: ... more

10/28/2014   THE MORE, THE MERRIER: VANCOUVER'S BIGGEST CONVENTION FACILITIES

Lush greenery, leading infrastructure and stunning venues - Vancouver is a mecca for planners and delegates seeking a breath of fresh air along with state-of-the-art conference facilities. ... more

10/23/2014   INJECT AMBIANCE INTO YOUR MEETING AT OPUS HOTEL’S REVAMPED BAR

Already the epitome of elegant-chic, OPUS Hotel – the only hotel in Vancouver’s ultra-happening Yaletown neighbourhood – is set to debut a freshly revamped bar that harkens back to the original age of style and sophistication. ... more

10/23/2014   JUST RELEASED: SEAWHEEZE FAM RECAP VIDEO

In recent years, Vancouver has become a mecca for planners, delegates and visitors seeking a breath of fresh air alongside state-of-the-art facilities, leading infrastructure and innovative ideas. Recently, the Tourism Vancouver team coordinated a pioneering destination experience ... more

09/17/2014   YVR ANNOUNCES NEW INTERNATIONAL ROUTES

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) recently announced new routes between Vancouver and two major international destinations. ... more

09/10/2014   AWARD-WINNING L’ABATTOIR UNVEILS NEW PRIVATE DINING SPACE

Hip and historic Gastown is home to some of Vancouver’s most stylish and sought after restaurants – and L’Abattoir is consistently cited as one of the best. ... more

08/26/2014   NEW AND RENOVATED MEETING SPACES IN VANCOUVER

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. ... more

08/26/2014   VANCOUVER ONCE AGAIN NAMED ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST LIVABLE CITIES

The Economist recently released its annual global livability report and Vancouver was once again named one of the world's most livable cities. ... more

08/25/2014   MEET THE TOURISM VANCOUVER TEAM AT INDUSTRY EVENTS NEXT MONTH

Tourism Vancouver regularly participates in industry events across the world. Here's where you can connect with members of our M&C team in the next few weeks: ... more

08/21/2014   BESTCITIES PARTNERS RANKED AMONGST THE WORLD'S MOST INNOVATIVE CITIES

Proving that innovation knows no boundaries, six BestCities partners feature on Business Insider's 2014 list of the ‘18 Most Innovative Cities in the World' ... more

08/19/2014   VANCOUVER’S BEST POST-CONFERENCE PAMPERING

Any delegate knows that travelling for business can be stressful. There's the packing (how many extra dresses for cocktail hour? ... more

08/18/2014   NEWLY OPENED BOULEVARD RESTAURANT SIZZLES IN DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER

Though the doors officially opened in late July, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar is already the talk of the town. ... more

07/24/2014   THE BLUE HORIZON HOTEL REVEALS NEWLY RENOVATED PENTHOUSE MEETING SPACE

Holding the distinction as Vancouver's first high-rise hotel, The Blue Horizon Hotel has undergone major renovations over the past few years ... more

07/14/2014   MID-YEAR NUMBERS INDICATE BANNER YEAR FOR VANCOUVER’S TOURISM INDUSTRY

As Ty Speer, Tourism Vancouver's new president and CEO, officially begins his duties today, mid-year data indicates 2014 and 2015 will be exceptionally strong year ... more

07/02/2014   VANCOUVER IS THE TOP CITY IN CANADA ACCORDING TO TRAVEL + LEISURE MAGAZINE READERS

The results are in: Vancouver is officially Canada’s top travel destination, according to readers of prestigious travel magazine Travel + Leisure. ... more

06/03/2014   TY SPEER APPOINTED NEW PRESIDENT AND CEO OF TOURISM VANCOUVER

After an extensive global search, Tourism Vancouver has named Ty Speer as incoming president and CEO. ... more