Why Calgary?


There’s a reason Calgary is regarded as one of Canada’s premier meeting destinations. More than a few, in fact. From its wealth of venues to its vibrant entertainment, its breathtaking views to its contemporary western charm, Calgary is an all-in-one pick for unforgettable events.

Still need convincing? Here are some answers meeting planners receive when they ask, “why Calgary?”

Always accommodating

Calgary sports over 1.2 million square feet of meeting space across a range of conference centres, convention halls, exhibition spaces and one-of-a-kind venues. It is also home to 13,000 guestrooms spread throughout big name hotels, boutique rooms and chic bed and breakfast locations.

This massive selection makes it easy for planners to achieve specific event themes and host groups of all sizes. And since the city’s hospitality industry is backed by over a century of experience, guests can always rest (and work) assured that their trip is in expert hands.

Never a dull moment

When it comes to pre-and post-meeting planning, Calgary has it covered. Attendees have plenty to do outside of their itineraries, whether it’s taking part in one of the 700-plus annual cultural events, savouring the tastes at over 6,000 restaurants, shopping at hundreds of unique retail venues or enjoying the city’s 24-hour arts and entertainment scene.

Additionally, Calgary boasts over 18 tourist attractions like the Calgary Zoo, Sports Hall of Fame, Studio Park, the Olympic WinSport facility and Calgary Tower. And if it’s an outdoor adventure attendees crave, take a short drive outside city limits to the Canadian Rockies for outdoor activities.

Sterling reputation

Calgary is ranked as Canada’s third most desirable city for quality of life and the most wired city in the country. It also enjoys a strong reputation amongst international institutions and media channels, and is home to the global headquarters for one out of seven major Canadian corporations. Combined with its notoriety for throwing world-class festivals and events, it’s easy to see why Calgary’s population and reputation continue to climb.

Hold the tax

Alberta is the only Canadian province with zero per cent Provincial Sales Tax – a bonus for any budget.

Easily accessible

The Calgary International Airport is the third largest of its kind in Canada, hosting travellers visiting from across the world and connecting them to major global centres. And with a $2-billion expansion already in the works, Calgary’s airport is slated to become a key North American hub.

Closer to home, the city features 11 miles of walkways, including the climate-controlled +15 Skyway, the world’s most extensive pedestrian skywalk system, and ample green space to make getting around as convenient and viewtiful as possible.

Alberta beef

We could tell you why Alberta beef is worth the trip alone, but it’s something you’re going to want to try for yourself…

World-class support

With Meetings + Conventions Calgary at your side, your event will benefit from an expert team who understands your objectives and can connect you to the people, places and resources that will make them happen. From the first phone call to the final goodbye, Meetings + Conventions Calgary will ensure you and your guests are singing Calgary’s praises long after the event is done.

To learn more about Calgary and why it’s ideal for your next corporate event, visit http://www.meetingscalgary.com/.

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