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Vancouver

A SOPHISTICATED CITY PLUNKED IN THE HEART OF A RAINFOREST

It’s the perfect little black dress.  And meeting planners can’t wait to say yes to this address. A sophisticated city plunked in the heart of the coastal mountains. A place accessorized with international chic and free spirit. The pros here can’t wait to show you why this city gets top marks for meetings.  Here you can roll up your sleeves, feast with foodies, get gala ready or recharge in the great outdoors every day. You might call it the agenda, but we know better.

TOTAL GUEST ROOMS

13,000

TOTAL MEETING SPACE

91,740 sq m | 987,482 sq ft

Vancouver Convention Centre

43,339 sq m | 466,500 sq ft |
3,250 Gala

Biggest hotel ballroom

1,449 sq m | 15,604 sq ft |
1,200 Gala

Experts to help you plan
Tourism Vancouver

Entering Canada
Destination Canada

Time Zone
Pacific Time Zone

Current Time

This place is perfect for meetings that

  • Inspire their delegates with world-class destinations — Vancouver tops everyone’s list
  • Incorporate industry’s biggest thinkers in their agenda: ICT, Natural Resources and Life Sciences pros are all here, along with leading researchers at the University of British Columbia
  • Like to network in an inspiring setting
  • Like to meet in and out of the boardroom
  • Know meetings can be memorable

You can count on

  • Open hearts. Open minds. Vancouver is open for business.
  • Sustainable meetings in the LEED Platinum certified Vancouver Convention Centre
  • Outstanding meeting and celebration spaces juxtaposed to the mountains and sea
  • A tapestry of natural attractions and cultural experiences
  • A vibrant international culinary scene
  • Making plans to return for the Celebration of Light annual firework festival

Moving Your People

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to registration desk: 30-minute drive

Once you’re here:  Floatplane, helicopter, Aqua bus, Sky Train, MOBI bike share, car-sharing services

BEFORE — AFTER — IN-BETWEEN MEETINGS

Planning Essentials

Get a good night's rest

Vancouver offers a full range of accommodation from exclusive boutique hotels, and resort styled waterfront hotels, to historic landmarks. Names you’ll recognize include Delta, Fairmont, Four Seasons, Hyatt, Marriott, Pan Pacific, Renaissance, Sheraton, Trump, Westin. Most are within walking distance of the Vancouver Convention Centre, restaurants and downtown attractions.

Stretch your budget in Canada

It’s a fact. Event dollars go further in Canada. With the Canadian dollar hovering between 25 and 30% below the U.S. dollar, planners are encouraged to enhance their meeting experience here. Dollars saved on the program requirements can translate into more bells and whistles or your bottom line, you pick.

Groups coming from outside Canada may be eligible for financial incentives — inquire at time of booking

Foreign Exchange

Biggest bang for your meeting buck

October to April

Weather

Spring

6°C to 13°C

43°F to 55°F

Summer

13°C to 21°C

55°F to 70°F

Fall

7°C to 13°C

45°F to 55°F

Winter

2°C to 7°C

36°F to 45°F

Here's how we can help you get planning

The team at Business Events Canada helps meeting planners bring corporate, association and incentive events to Canada. Contact our team for:

  • Inspiration
  • Impartial insights
  • Introductions
  • Bid assistance
  • Planning tool kit