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Vancouver is the top Destination in North America for International Meetings

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If you are involved in setting up events for business around the world, it should come as no surprise that Vancouver recently received some recognition for the role it plays in meetings and events. The International Congress and Convention Center recently announced that Vancouver is the top city for people planning international meetings in North America.

Vancouver was the location for 60 international meetings in 2014, according to a recent report at Meetings Focus. The city held more meetings than any other city in North America. Vancouver is ranked 38th overall in the ICCA rankings, placing it over such esteemed locations as Chicago, Washington and Montreal. 

Dave Gazely, vice president of Meeting & Convention Sales for the ICCA, noted that Vancouver received this honor in large part because of the efforts and diligence of the local hospitality community, citing the long-term relationships they’ve forged with conference organizers from around the world.

ICCA was founded in 1963 by a group of travel agents, and to date is comprised of nearly 1,000 member organizations and companies in more than 90 countries around the world. 

Vancouver is appealing to meeting planners for a variety of reasons. The Vancouver Convention Center boasts 466,500 square feet of facility space, with floor-to-ceiling windows providing breathtaking views of the mountains and harbor. What’s more, the convention center was the first in the world to receive the top LEED certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification program. 

Vancouver’s many international influences make it an ideal place for people setting up international meetings, with more than 70 different languages being spoken in the city. It is also home to restaurants featuring world-class level cuisine. Meeting spaces in 19 downtown conventions offer meeting space ranging from 2,000 to 51,000 square feet, with 13,000 hotel rooms available in the downtown area. Visitors can also find 28,000 additional hotel rooms in the Metro Vancouver region. 

At Griffin Transportation, we’re proud to provide chauffeured transportation services to travelers doing business and attending industry meetings in Vancouver and we are gratified that this city has received such great recognition from the International Congress and Convention Center.

Posted on May 15 2015

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