From July 4 to August 9, the Vancouver Convention Centre invited British Columbians to take on “Convention Quest,” an online digital scavenger hunt celebrating the 10th anniversary of its West building.
From Terrace to Campbell River, over 1,100 residents from 80 communities across the province accepted the challenge. Now 10 winners have been drawn to receive the contest’s top prizes.
“The Vancouver Convention Centre is a world class facility that draws international convention visitors and is a gateway for people to explore all that B.C. has to offer,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “Congratulations to the Vancouver Convention Centre on a decade of service to both the city and the province, and for fostering a strong connection to the people of BC for the next 10 years of success.”
“We are delighted to receive such a positive response from British Columbians,” said Ian Aikenhead, Q.C., Chair, BC Pavilion Corporation. “For ten years, the Convention Centre’s West building has continued to grow as a community venue for the world. We are proud to have residents take interest in the work we do, learning about the far-reaching impact of the diverse events we host and the unique attributes of this award-winning venue that makes us stand out globally.”
As part of Convention Quest, participants were also asked to contribute ideas for how the Vancouver Convention Centre could continue to be successful in the next 10 years. With over 900 comments and suggestions given, highlights included:
- “Keep hosting events that reflect the diversity of people in Vancouver and in Canada.”
- “Hosting more events for the general public so they can appreciate just how amazing your facilities and location really are.”
- “Continue with being sustainable in all facets of building operations to encourage a larger environmental impact in the future.”
- “Look at ways to integrate Indigenous cultural elements in to your work. Perhaps by adding things to your menu? Food is such an important part of building community and with the large number of people who come to the venue it would be a great nod to our countries roots.”
Grand Prize: Kate Roumieu from Smithers, B.C. They and a guest will receive a VIP Vancouver Convention Centre experience, including flight/transportation and a night stay at a downtown Vancouver hotel, a private behind-the-scenes tour of the iconic West building, dinner at LOT185 Café + Wine Bar, and two tickets to see the Canada Men’s National Rugby Team vs the United States at BC Place on September 7.
Silver Prize: Andrea Duncan from Vancouver, B.C. They will receive two round-trip tickets for a V2V Vacations Vancouver to Victoria day trip (valid through October 31, 2019), one night stay at a hotel in Victoria, BC.
Bronze Prize: Eight prizes have been awarded to residents representing the communities of Abbotsford, Port Coquitlam, Quesnel, Surrey, Vancouver and Victoria. They will each receive a pair of complimentary tickets to a consumer show or public event held at the Vancouver Convention Centre of their choice and gift card to LOT185.
“I’ve never had the opportunity to really see the West building, let alone behind the scenes — how very cool to be given this opportunity to do so,” said Grand Prize winner Kate Roumieu, who currently resides in Smithers, B.C. “Thank you to everyone at the Vancouver Convention Centre so very much for such a fantastic opportunity!”
With the addition of the West building in 2009 that tripled the facility’s capacity, the Convention Centre has welcomed over 9 million guests from around the world and generated over $2.4 billion in direct spending for British Columbia over the past decade. The 5,561 events hosted in 10 years range from major city-wide conventions, including the renowned TED Conference and SIGGRAPH computer graphics conference to consumer and trade shows, private meetings, banquets and fundraisers, community events, special events, public celebrations, and film and TV shoots.
About the Vancouver Convention Centre
Located on Vancouver’s downtown waterfront with a dramatic mountain backdrop, the world’s first double LEED Platinum certified convention centre offers one of the most beautiful settings in the world. The award-winning Vancouver Convention Centre features two connected buildings with a combined total of 466,500 ft sq (43,340 m sq.) of flexible meeting, exhibition, ballroom and plenary space. The facility is committed to environmental sustainability as well as unparalleled service, technology offerings and culinary excellence For more information, visit vancouverconventioncentre.com.