Top 10 Reasons to Choose Vancouver

You’re looking for a meeting destination that offers a complete package: world-class facilities, venues and suppliers to meet your needs; service standards to exceed expectations; and a spectacular destination that serves as a strong draw for delegates. We don't think that's too much to ask. Vancouver offers all of this and more. Here are 10 reasons you should choose Vancouver for your next meeting.

1. Spectacular By Nature

Vancouver offers the winning combination of a modern, diverse city and a stunning natural setting. Experience urban activities such as shopping, dining and cultural attractions, and then explore mountaintops and pristine waterways in the next breath.

2. Unified, Superior Service

Vancouver is unlike any city that you've planned a meeting in before. Our hospitality community is unified, meaning that Tourism Vancouver and the city’s hotels, venues, and suppliers work together seamlessly to make sure your experience in our destination exceeds your expectations, and those of your client and delegates.

3. Vancouver Convention Centre

A full 40 per cent of the 43,340 sq. m. (466,500 sq. ft.) Vancouver Convention Centre is built over water, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows treating guests to phenomenal harbour and mountain views. LEED® Platinum-certified, the award-winning facility is considered a masterpiece of design, inspiration and sustainability.

4. Accommodations

With 21 convention hotels downtown with meeting space ranging from 185 to 4,700 sq. m. (2,000 to 51,000 sq. ft.), meeting planners have many possibilities to choose from. And with 28,000 hotel rooms in Metro Vancouver, including 13,000 in the city's downtown core, delegates have plenty of accommodation choices as well.

5. Experts & Innovators

Vancouver is a destination with a dynamic, highly-diversified urban economy with growing knowledge-based sectors and strong global connections. Companies as varied as Hootsuite, Goldcorp, Lionsgate Entertainment and EA Sports call the city home. With unsurpassed universities, centres of excellence, leading research facilities and teaching hospitals, Vancouver is an ideal city for your delegates to collaborate within their field of expertise.

6. Access to Vancouver and Beyond

Vancouver is home to the award-winning Vancouver International Airport (YVR), the second-largest airport on North America’s west coast, just 30 minutes from downtown. Vancouver is the gateway to the rest of Western Canada, making it easy to explore the region with pre- and post-meeting excursions to areas including Whistler, Victoria, the Okanagan wine region; or on trips such as a Rocky Mountaineer train adventure or a Vancouver/Alaska cruise.

7. Increased Attendance

Named as a top North American destination for international meetings by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), meetings and conventions held in Vancouver draw an average of 5 per cent more delegates than the previous year's meeting. When delegates aren't in sessions, they have plenty to keep them entertained, from shopping, fine dining and cultural pursuits through to enjoying the area’s natural playground of ocean, mountains and rainforest.

8. World-Class Cuisine

Vancouver has a deserved reputation as one of Canada's best dining destinations. In fact, according to the Boston Globe, "Blessed with a bounty of staples from sea and farm, a vibrant multi-ethnic canvas to spice things up, and a population that has supported the locavore movement from its early stages, Vancouver has become one of North America's top dining locales."

9. International Influences

The official languages of Canada are English and French, but in Vancouver you're more likely to hear English mixed with Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi, Tagalog and Korean - just a few of the 70-plus languages spoken here. This blend of international cultures is why Vancouver is acclaimed as such a welcoming and colourful destination, boasting an unprecedented range of culinary adventures, cultural attractions and shopping experiences.

10. A Leader in Sustainability

As the 1970s birthplace of Greenpeace, you’ll find sustainable practices enveloped into all facets of your Vancouver experience. The Vancouver Convention Centre’s entire facility embraces sustainable practices in all operations, from the six-acre living roof and seawater heating and cooling system, through to recycling programs, local seasonal menus and even bee hives on the roof. Hotels reach high standards in sustainability certification, while a highly-accessible transit system combined with a compact, walkable downtown make it easy and eco-friendly for delegates to get around.