Smart Meeting magazine has named Vancouver as one of the global top 15 international meeting cities – a compilation of the world’s best cities to host large events, conferences and conventions.
The magazine features the latest in industry trends, corporate event planning, and emerging event technology and has a strong following of meeting and event planning professionals from across the world.
Vancouver joins a list of high-profile international cities as it is consistently rated as one of the world’s most liveable cities and has frequently received awards and accolades for its attraction to meeting planners and visitors worldwide.
In addition to its location, it also boasts stunning meeting and convention venues:
Vancouver Convention Centre, a two-time winner of the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC) award for World’s Best Convention Centre, has 466,500 sq. ft. of space. The VCC is the only LEED Platinum certified convention center in the world. Grouse Mountain Resort is accessible via a mile-long aerial tram. Once atop the property, which can accommodate up to 1,000 for dining, there are views of the city skyline, ocean and mountains. The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, currently undergoing a $12 million facelift, is one of the city’s most iconic hotels, with 556 guest rooms and 55,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.
Next week, Vancouver will host the world’s brightest and most inspirational icons for the official TED Conference at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The move from California will make this city the event’s third home in its 30-year history. TED will be held in Vancouver on a trial basis for at least two years.
SIGGRAPH will also make a return to Vancouver this summer after an impressive record breaking turnout in 2011 when the convention came to the city for the first time. Over 20,000 professionals are expected to attend SIGGRAPH, the world’s premier conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques.
In 2025, the Vancouver Convention Centre and BC Place will host Vancouver’s largest convention ever when the city welcomes 48,000 people from around the world for the International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Global Top 15 International Meeting Cities for 2014
- Buenos Aires
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