News & Articles - Vancouver Convention Centre

  • B.C. Convention Centre Re-envisions Space for Safe Return of Events

    In anticipation of the return of in-person events, the Vancouver Convention Centre has put together a ‘safe events’ plan. Called ReDesign, the convention centre worked with industry partners to create a live demonstration space that highlights how event aspects could evolve amid the changing industry landscape. “We took a proactive step to explore what events will look like and how they can function so our clients are able to host meaningful experiences with the assurance that decisions are informed by…

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  • Vancouver Convention Centre Starts 2021 on High Note

    The Vancouver Convention Centre has earned the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) Star accreditation for outbreak prevention, response and recovery, and been awarded the 2020 Clean Air Award by the National Air Filtration Association (NAFA). Administered by GBAC, a division of the worldwide cleaning industry association ISSA, GBAC Star provides third-party validation that public facilities have rigorous protocols in place for thorough response to biorisk situations. With the events venue’s achievement, all of B.C. Pavilion Corp.’s (PavCo) facilities have earned the…

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  • Pandemic Positives? Event Venues Pivot for Public Good

    Convention centres have been hit hard by COVID-19, with many still seeing staff layoffs and rising budget deficits nine months into the pandemic. Although a coronavirus vaccine is on the way, there’s still a long road ahead as it may be summer or even longer until the vaccine is available to everyone. And then, even after the health crisis is under control, attendees may not flock back to in-person events, at least right away. As a result, venues are expected…

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  • BCIT Centre for Ecocities Internationally Recognized for Impact of 2019 Event

    Ecocity Builders and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Ecocity Centre are the recipients of the 2020 Incredible Impacts Award in recognition of an event they hosted that excelled in areas such as sustainability, accessibility and ecology. The announcement was made Sept. 24, by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and the BestCities Global Alliance. “There’s never been a more important time to showcase the major milestones our industry can overcome, and we hope this year’s winners provide…

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  • Organizers, Venues take Meaningful Steps to Bring Events Industry Back

    The events industry is getting ready for a new landscape as provincial and local governments country-wide lift pandemic-related restrictions on businesses and group gatherings. Recognizing people may be uneasy and even anxious about attending larger exhibitions like conferences and trade shows when they are allowed to resume, organizers and venues are taking steps now to impart consumer confidence. “We have been preparing for a return of events by building a list of potential measures that sit under the cornerstones of…

    Contingency/Disaster Planning, Event Operations

  • Exhibitor Magazine recognizes Vancouver Convention Centre recognized as 2020 Center of Excellence

    Press Release The Vancouver Convention Centre has been selected as a 2020 Center of Excellence by EXHIBITOR Magazine, recognizing North America’s best convention centres for trade shows and events. The facility, owned and operated by B.C. Pavilion Corporation, is the only Canadian venue to be part of the first annual Centers of Excellence list. Alongside 19 other recipients, the Vancouver Convention Centre was selected based on evaluation in five categories of criteria: Facility & Functionality, Location & Accommodations, Service &…

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  • More than 1,100 British Columbians take on digital scavenger hunt celebrating the Vancouver Convention Centre

    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…

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  • Vancouver Convention Centre recognized for supporting local social enterprises

    Press Release This week, the Vancouver Convention Centre, along with Simon Fraser University and Tourism Vancouver, was recognized as a Social Procurement Champion by Exchange Inner City and Buy Social Canada for demonstrating excellence in social procurement. “We are honoured to be recognized for our practice of social procurement, an initiative that we are highly proud of and strive to more deeply integrate as part of our operational processes,” said Craig Lehto, General Manager, Vancouver Convention Centre. “Social responsibility is at the heart of our organization, and…

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  • Vancouver among North America’s top meeting and convention destinations

    Press Release Vancouver has been ranked one of North America’s top meeting and convention destinations according to the 2018 Watkins Report Meeting and Convention Planners Survey. Considered the most comprehensive and authoritative ranking in the industry, the biennial report is based on a survey of nearly 1,000 meeting and convention organizers in North America, evaluating the 40 most popular convention destinations in the US and Canada. The Watkins Report covers topics concerning city and convention bureau perception, meeting requirements and…

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  • The challenges faced by event food and beverage teams

    From addressing food allergies to dealing with shrinking budgets and tighter-than-ever timelines, venue food and beverage teams face a host of challenges with every event they help organize. Corporate Meetings and Events magazine recently spoke with senior leaders at several successful event venues to learn about how these hard-working teams address such challenges to create exceptional experiences for planners and guest alike. Participants: Jason Bangerter, Executive Chef; Virgilio Vea, Director of Food and Beverage; and Kate Mackay, Director of Sales…

    Event Branding & Marketing, Event Budgeting, Event Operations, Food & Beverage

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