Why Choose Our Destination?
Pacific coastal Richmond is where east meets west, sea meets city and urban meets nature. With popular attractions, celebrated parks, fascinating heritage and a taste-tripping dining scene – as well as a mild year-round climate – this inviting destination provides easy access to its close Vancouver neighbor but also serves-up a unique culture all its own. Home of the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and with more than 20 major hotels specializing in hosting meetings of up to 1,000 delegates, this unique destination is studded with authentic venues, attractions and experiences. An accessible and cost-effective alternative to nearby Vancouver, it’s perfect for planners searching for a memorable urban meeting destination. Unique venues & activities While our largest hotel meeting space is about 10,000 sq ft, Richmond also has an exciting array of offsite venues – from wineries to National Historic Sites and from theaters to an official Olympic venue – that are ideal for hosting distinctive social events, receptions and team-building activities. And when your delegates need downtime, we also offer everything from whale-watching to designer outlet shopping; from waterfront strolls to nature-hugging cycling trails; and from a grand casino to a food-focused night market. With more than 800 restaurants on our menu – including North America’s tastiest Asian dining scene – Richmond is also an outstanding destination for dine-around events and social activities. Well-connected A handy 30-minute drive from most US/Canada border crossings, we are well-connected to the region’s rapid transit Canada Line: services take just a few minutes from the airport to our city center while downtown Vancouver is an easy 25-minute ride away. Many Richmond hotels also provide courtesy airport shuttles. Our hotels include many of the world’s most renowned and trusted brands – including the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel, recently named Vancouver’s Top Hotel in the annual Condé Nast Readers’ Choice Awards. Taste-tripping dining Heavily influenced by its thriving Asian-Canadian population – whose independent stores, malls and restaurants radiate from the central Golden Village commercial district – Richmond’s reputation for authentic international dining is firmly established. From its celebrated night market to its self-guided Dumpling Trail and its ever-adventurous Food Street (aka Alexandra Road), the city lures visiting foodies hungry for truly original culinary experiences. It’s no surprise to locals and savvy visitors that leading dining expert David Chan described Richmond as “North America’s Chinese food capital.” Historic sites & landmark attractions Richmond also has a fascinating array of unique heritage attractions and National historic sites, including the Gulf of Georgia Cannery and the Britannia Shipyards , each located in the charming old fishing village of Steveston. Popular with visitors strolling its Fisherman’s Wharf boardwalk and dining at lip-smacking seafood restaurants, this wood-built, gable-roofed village has become famous in recent years as the Storybrooke setting for ABC’s hit TV series Once Upon a Time. Ideal for delegate downtime activities, these aren’t the only Richmond hotspots worth adding to your itinerary. London Farm is a delightful pioneer-era heritage house; the fascinating International Buddhist Temple combines traditional tile-roofed devotional buildings with tranquil gardens; and the landmark Richmond Oval, an official 2010 Winter Olympics venue, invites visitors to find their inner sports star via state-of-the-art ski, kayak and bobsled simulators. Each of these sites can be booked for offsite events or groupactivities. Unique shopping Richmond is also a great destination to exercise your credit cards. The popular McArthurGlen Designer Outlets center lures bargain hunters to stores and shopping malls nearby most conference hotels.
Distance from airport
- Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
4.83 km from city center
McAurtherGlen Designer Outlets
Lulu Island Winery
Olympic Experience Museum (ROX) at the Richmond Olympic Oval
International Buddhist Temple
Vancouver Whale Watch & Eco Tours
Send in your RFP directly to Tourism Richmond and you’ll automatically be entered to win one of two $1,000CDN Visa® gift cards. If a third-party meeting planner submits the winning RFP, an additional $500 Visa Gift Card will be awarded to the third-party planner. How’s that for getting your money’s worth?