Vancouver is one of the most popular destinations for international meetings in North America, according to two major reports that have recently appeared. In the same week that the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Vancouver scored as the top city in North America for international meetings, it emerged from the prestigious Meeting and Convention Planners Survey of the Watkins Research Group that the Vancouver Convention Center is the first place incorporated as a venue in North America on the list of so-called Superior Convention Facilities.
The Amsterdam-based ICCA publishes a report each year with a list of cities, based on the number of international meetings facilitated in the past year. Due to factors such as state-of-the-art congress facilities and strategic destination marketing, Vancouver served as a guest venue for 78 international meetings – more than any other city in North America in 2016. The city ended in 29th place worldwide, before other renowned meetings destinations like Montreal and Toronto. The ICCA report is distributed to more than 6,000 meeting planners and suppliers around the world, helping them to choose potential destinations for future events. Vancouver was previously mentioned in the ICCA rankings in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2015.
Distinctive and Varied
“We are particularly pleased that Vancouver has been appointed as a top destination in North America for international meetings and congresses,” said Shirley Bond, Minister of Labor, Tourism and Education and Responsible Work. “It’s a encouraging sign that British Columbia’s distinctive and varied tourism offerings appeal to visitors and especially meeting planners from all over the world. I congratulate the Convention Center, Tourism Vancouver and the entire hospitality industry for their unremitting efforts to attract major international congresses that bring Vancouver and our province to an even higher level on the world platform. “
“This prestigious listing once again emphasizes Vancouver’s powerful reputation as global meeting destiny and the attractiveness of the award-winning Vancouver Convention Center,” said Todd Stone, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure. “The measurement and congress industry is a very important economic pillar for the British Columbia economy and it is very good to know that in Vancouver we have clients who have been hosting a guest venue for meetings and congresses, and recommending Vancouver for future events .
“We are proud to be recognized by our clients in Watkins rankings as the number 1 conference facility and number 1 for convention center services,” said Ken Cretney, President and CEO of BC Pavilion Corporation. “We have the honor of hosting 557 events, including many international meetings and congresses, and we are proud of the fact that this has made a significant contribution to the growth of the local economy.”
“For Vancouver, 2015 was one of the most important years when it comes to international meetings, and we’re pulling that momentum to 2016,” said Dave Gazley, Vice President of Meeting & Convention Sales, Tourism Vancouver. “Both ICCA and Watkins quotes emphasize Vancouver’s powerful reputation as a global destination for meetings, and both listings were not possible without the continuous and intensive efforts of our local hospitality community. In addition, our Be a Host program has played an important role in recognizing and supporting many of our local ‘captains of industry’ who will host their international congresses in the city. More and more planners focus on Vancouver as a meeting destination,