Mississauga is ready to make an impression in the meeting and events community. After decades of fostering its business and cultural communities, the City is ramping up efforts to attract and welcome local, domestic and international events of all scale and size.
“We’ve been hosting sport groups and championship events from around the world for years, but as the new official DMO for Mississauga we are ready to expand beyond sport and invite business events and conferences to our growing city” says Tej Kainth, Manager, Tourism Mississauga.
As Canada’s 6th largest city, it’s safe to say Mississauga has something for everyone. And while its size, attractions, and proximity to Toronto already make it a tourist hotspot, there is no shortage of features that make it equally attractive for event planners.
Abundant venues: Mississauga is home to over 750,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event venues ranging from intimate settings to gala-ready banquets and large scale trade-show and conference centres. No matter the size, function, or desired atmosphere, the City is brimming with spaces to meet. More importantly, Tourism Mississauga can connect meeting and event planners with venues that accommodate hybrid events, with elements of in-person and virtual sessions.
Ample accommodations: Mississauga boasts a wide selection of over 60 hotels, and over 7,000 rooms to meet any and all event accommodation requirements. Whether the plans call for a gathering place near the airport, a quiet spot away from the crowd, or a first-class downtown experience, the City makes it easy to find a place for guests to stay on any budget.
Central location: Travelling to Mississauga is simple, especially as Canada’s largest airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is actually located in Mississauga. Getting around the city is also a breeze. Its central location and close proximity to a number of major highways and transit hubs, make it accessible from almost anywhere and eliminates both travel times and costs.
Local event support: New to the City? Making a repeat visit? No matter your familiarity with Mississauga, Tourism Mississauga will help you find the ideal venue and accommodations, as well as put you in touch with local service providers who will help bring your vision to life. Working in close collaboration with your planning team, Tourism Mississauga will ensure the best available resources are provided to elevate the event experience within the City of Mississauga.
Financial incentives: In addition to all the event planning services available, Tourism Mississauga also offers some added incentive. The Business Events Hosting Incentive Program provides third-party event organizers and corporate organizations financial support for conferences and events that bring direct or indirect economic, social, and community development benefits to the City of Mississauga. To see if your event qualifies, contact the team of Business Events Specialists.
A growing business community: Looking to make a connection? Mississauga is home (or within driving distance) to a number of industry-leading companies (e.g., MHIC Aerospace, Roche, Suncor), academic communities (e.g., University of Toronto Mississauga, Sheridan College’s Mississauga Campus), innovative hubs (e.g., the National Research Council (NRC) facility for advance materials innovation & commercialization, the Research Innovation Commercialization Centre) and business leaders. This makes it easier to attract speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors to your conference or tradeshow.
After-hours fun: There are ample opportunities to entertain guests. Choose from virtual museum tours to live-streaming concerts, a day of golfing to outdoor adventures, downtown socials, and beyond. What’s more, the City is located just a short drive from Toronto, Niagara Falls, and other Canadian hotspots, making after-event social planning a stress-free experience. Know when you’re coming? Tourism Mississauga can connect your group to annual festivals, cultural celebrations, and seasonal events. In short: you’d be hard-pressed to experience everything the City has to offer in just one trip. Find your experience here.
Local shopping: Mississauga is home to Square One Shopping Centre, one of the largest and more popular shopping destinations in Canada. There are also an abundance of shops and outlets to explore at Erin Mills Town Centre & Heartland Town Centre. More than that, the City boasts a diverse community of local one-of-a-kind retailers, shops & boutiques.
There is still some time before meetings and events return to “normal.” When it does, Mississauga is rallying its local communities and resources to become an easy and budget-friendly choice for meeting planners.
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