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Vancouver, BC Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 87
Total Sleeping Rooms 13,501
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 746
Committable Meeting Rooms* 72
Convention Center Space 2,140,260 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 442,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 220,500 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate CAD $305
Average Daily Meal Cost CAD $149
Average Weekly Car Rental CAD $347
*Maximum for a single hotel

Vancouver, BC Meeting Planning Overview

With a resume of meetings and events that includes the annual TED Conference, the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, and the Professional Conference Management Association (PCMA)’s Convening Leaders conference, Vancouver has what it takes to make your event one that attendees will talk about for years to come!

Much of the stunning Vancouver Convention Centre (43,340 sq. m./466,500 sq. ft.) is built over the downtown waterfront, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows treating guests to phenomenal harbour and mountain views to perfectly frame your meeting’s program. LEED Platinum-certified, the centre is a sustainable landmark in a city known for its environmental leadership.

Vancouver’s 21 downtown convention hotels offer a wide range of options for alternative meeting spaces, and most of the 13,000 downtown hotel rooms are within walking distance of the convention centre. The Metro Vancouver area offers a total of 28,000 rooms, along with unique venues that span everything from mountaintop lodges to heritage ballrooms. Vancouver is a food-lover’s dream: whether you’re planning a banquet for 1,000 or a restaurant-hopping dine-around, the city’s culinary scene is delicious.

Just 30-minutes from downtown, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is the second-largest airport on North America’s west coast, making it easy for meeting attendees to get here. And they’ll want to come: not only is Vancouver an exciting urban destination, it’s the perfect gateway for exploring Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest pre- or post-meeting.

Vancouver is an international destination with over 70 languages spoken, and a dynamic, highly-diversified urban economy. Companies as varied as Hootsuite, Goldcorp, Lionsgate Entertainment, and EA Sports call the city home. Our universities, research centres, and teaching hospitals make this an ideal destination for your attendees to collaborate within their field of expertise.

But it’s the service you’ll receive that sets Vancouver apart. The 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 meeting attendees.

About Vancouver, BC / Additional Info

Welcome to Vancouver! Located on the mainland of North America in the southwest corner of British Columbia, Vancouver is just 39 km (24 miles) north of the Canada-U.S. border. The city is Canada's third largest, with a population of 600,000 in the City of Vancouver, and a total of 2.2 million in Metro Vancouver.

Vancouver's population is notably multi-cultural. In fact, more than half of Vancouver's school-age children have been raised speaking a language other than English. While the official languages are English and French, you're likely to hear many residents conversing in Cantonese, Mandarin, and Punjabi among other mother tongues.

Metro Vancouver is made up of 21 municipalities, the City of Vancouver being just one of them. To the north, the Coast Mountain Range looms over downtown; to the west lie the waters of Burrard Inlet and the Strait of Georgia; to the south, the suburb of Richmond, home to Vancouver International Airport; and to the east, more suburbs and beyond to the rest of Canada.

A diverse city sitting on nature's edge, Vancouver is known for more than just its physical beauty. The city offers a vibrant arts and culture community, a calendar full of festivals, and a renowned culinary scene. After dark, visitors can catch a show, watch the game, hit the club, or grab a cocktail. Those looking to get in touch with their outdoorsy-side will love downtown's iconic Stanley Park, exploring Cypress and Grouse mountains or Capilano Suspension Bridge, or water-based activities like kayaking and whale-watching. The city's best-known cultural attractions include the Vancouver Art Gallery, UBC's Museum of Anthropology, Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden, and Granville Island.

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