Calgary is one of Canada’s most energetic and diverse cities, ideally located in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. With its beautiful surroundings, reliable sunshine, and warm, western hospitality, it’s no wonder more than four million visitors flock to the lively destination for corporate meetings and events each year.
Although there are countless reasons to consider Calgary for your association’s next big meeting, here are the top 10 reasons to make it happen:
1. Calgary is for everyone.
With its western charm, white hats and volunteer spirit, Calgary is a walkable city with cosmopolitan flare. The downtown core has more than 1,000 shops, 200 restaurants and eateries, and 50 nightclubs and pubs. There are also 18 major tourist attractions, several parks and pathways and 23 major annual festivals that take place under the gleaming office towers – making it widely appealing yet delightfully unpredictable.
2. Calgary is a global energy centre.
Despite its charming cowboy spirit, Calgary is also Canada’s biggest energy hub, home to many North American pipeline and energy distribution companies. Approximately one in seven of Canada’s major corporate headquarters are located in Calgary.
3. Calgary is easily accessible.
Calgary International Airport (YYC) is the third largest and busiest airport in Canada….and growing! A $2 billion expansion is taking place and will include a new 300 room hotel, runway and International Facilities Terminal.
4. Calgary has incredible space and capacity.
Offering 13,000+ guestrooms and over 1.2 million square feet of meeting space, Calgary is a city that delivers an array of choice and options. But even smaller, intimate crowds will enjoy the casual pace that Calgary offers in many of its neighbourhoods.
5. Calgary is a leader in environmental initiatives.
Looking for a leader in sustainability? Calgary has hotels that are Green Key certified and venues that are LEED and BOMA Best approved.
6. Calgary’s backyard is the Rocky Mountains
Arguably, some of the most beautiful sights in Canada are within an hour of Calgary’s downtown core. The Rocky Mountains, Badlands and UNESCO World Heritage Sites are all easily accessible. But for those short on time – or simply not interested in wandering too far from the city – exceptional views, hiking trails and ski hills can all be found within the surrounding foothills area.
7. Calgary has over 100 years of experience.
When it comes to hosting major attractions and international events, including the Calgary Stampede, World Petroleum Congress, Inter-American Development Bank, Rotary International are just a few, Calgary has over 100 years of experience.
8. No municipal or provincial taxes.
It’s the only province in Canada with zero per cent Provincial Sales Tax!
9. Calgary has a great reputation.
Continually ranking high among international research institutions and media channels, Calgary is currently ranked third for quality of life and first as Canada’s most wired city.
10. Meetings + Conventions Calgary offers turnkey planning solutions.
A partner in planning, Meetings + Conventions Calgary strives to fully understand their clients’ goals and objectives, promising complete, stress-free solutions and an event that can’t be beat.
To learn more about Calgary and why it’s the perfect location for your next corporate event, visit www.meetingscalgary.com.