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Vancouver’s Unique Experiences & Luxe Hotels a Top Draw for Incentives

Incentive travel is on the rise—with increasing budgets, wider participant eligibility, and improved internal and public perceptions of incentive travel as a key component to building corporate culture, according to the 2018 Incentive Travel Industry Index. When organizations are considering hosting an event in Canada, one of the first destinations they often turn to is Vancouver, host city of the upcoming SITE Global Conference January 24 - 27, 2020.

“You can’t beat Vancouver,” says Robin Thompson, US Sales Director with Destination Canada’s Business Events team. Thompson, who specializes in the incentive market, says Vancouver is an easy draw for planners to rally behind. “It’s a  sophisticated city at the edge of British Columbia's coastal mountains,” says Thompson who notes Vancouver motivates both as a stand-alone incentive reward, or as the gateway to dual-destination events combined with Victoria, Whistler, and Kelowna, or top notch incentive retreats such as Clayoquot Wilderness Resort and other luxurious wilderness resorts on Vancouver Island. “Such accessibility to such a variety of pre and post destinations is one of the reasons Vancouver works so well as the host location for the SITE 2020 Global Conference.


Vancouver activities


Vancouver is an easy introduction to Canada for first-time, and returning incentive winners. Some of the city’s top incentive experiences include:

  • Exploring scenic Vancouver by bike, trolley, from the waterline by kayak, or aboard a sunset cocktail cruise.
  • Celebrating your team atop Grouse Mountain where guests can partake in an ancient feast inspired by our Indigenous Peoples, marvel at the original Canadian Lumberjack show, or be mesmerized by the lights of Vancouver below.
  • Traveling the tree tops of the Interior Rainforest at the Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Building team spirit on a sea safari scavenger hunt along the inlets of Howe Sound, on a BC craft-beer pub crawl through the city’s brewery district, or on a whale-watching adventure cruise, spying orcas and humpback whales in their natural habitat.
  • Day-tripping by floatplane to nearby Vancouver Island to explore Victoria or Butchart Gardens, or fly up to Whistler for a memorable round of golf.
  • Indulging in Vancouver’s progressive global culinary scene on an urban dine-around, a guided food tour, or by wandering the city’s famed Public Market sampling along the way.
  • Dining with Dolphins in private events at the Vancouver Aquarium, or celebrating science at TELUS Science World.


Vancouver’s Luxe Hotel Scene

Don’t let the city’s laid-back vibe fool you, when it comes to the luxury accommodations incentive winners appreciate, Vancouver has an impressive collection of incentive-class properties including three elegant Accor hotels (the Fairmont Pacific Rim, the Fairmont Waterfront Centre and the stately Fairmont Hotel Vancouver).


Vancouver Fairmont


Other top spots include the city’s newest hotel, the JW Parq by Marriott which features a rooftop urban park, casino, and destination restaurants conceived of by powerhouse restaurateurs, Blau & Associates. Nearby, the Forbes 5-star Rosewood Hotel Georgia, mixes the glitz and glamour of the “roaring Twenties” with the luxury of modern amenities in the heart of downtown Vancouver.


JW Marriott


With tony neighbours such as Tiffany & Co., Dior and Louis Vuitton, the Shangri-La Vancouver  offers groups distinct luxury, and private dining experiences in the hotel’s Market, a Jean George restaurant. Not to be outdone, the Trump International Hotel and Tower was designed by late Vancouver architect Arthur Erickson in Vancouver's Coal Harbour district. At 63-stories the building is the second tallest in Vancouver, featuring 147 guest rooms offering distinctive character and standout views. Here, attendees can pamper themselves at the on-site Mar-a-Lago Spa, then let off steam at Vancouver's first pool bar nightclub.

Curious about what else Vancouver can offer your next incentive?