Looking for a new meeting space? Change your outlook.
Lisanne Ballantyne, president and CEO of Tourism Kelowna, is not originally from British Columbia. Born in Montreal and raised in Winnipeg, she was working in Alberta—most recently as general manager of the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton— before arriving in Kelowna last year. The decision to move, she notes, was an easy one. “The Okanagan Valley is one of the most beautiful destinations in Canada and a region undergoing tremendous growth.
When looking for inventive event ideas or fascinating speakers, planners should turn to the annual event that continues to shake up the industry.
Red Carpet Treatment
Urban, suburban and rural. Seascape, citywide or mountainside. Convention and conference planners in the Northwest have their choice of settings, thanks to the diversity of convention and conference centers found throughout our region. Don’t believe us? Northwest Meetings + Events has compiled a list* of options for you to use as a resource the next time you’re planning a grand meeting of minds.
The Northwest boasts a rich Native American history. From Alaska to Oregon, the nations and tribes native to our region are evident throughout our communities—from the art displayed in our museums, parks and neighborhoods to the names of local cities and destinations, such as Chelan, Klamath Falls, Denali, Nez Perce and Kelowna. Celebrate this cultural bounty by planning an event at a venue that honors the Northwest’s roots. Here are just a few to consider for your next gathering.
Even as technology charges full speed ahead, the quest for local authenticity still drives planners and attendees.
Mount Hood, Schweitzer, Whistler, Denali—the Northwest does not want for spectacular mountain destinations. Not only do they provide a stunning setting in which to live, work and play, they also serve as a gorgeous backdrop for meetings and events. While these locales are notable winter playgrounds for snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, tubing, ice skating, sleigh riding and other activities, they are also outstanding options for groups in the warm summer months. Here are a few Northwest resorts that sit at the foot or at the top of some of our region’s favorite peaks.
Whether you're designing a request for proposal (RFP) to send to possible vendors or answering one from a potential client, the process can be daunting. So Northwest Meetings + Events asked a vendor and a planner for tips on making sure the proposal is clear, concise and, most importantly, effective.
Designing a Request for Proposal
Located on Canada's picturesque Pacific Coast, Richmond, British Columbia, has an appealing mix of seaside beauty and modern urban amenities.
“Richmond, B.C., is your ideal West Coast destination for meetings and conferences,” says Deidre DeVico, director of sales for Tourism Richmond. “Our vibrant and culturally diverse community offers attendees a taste of something truly different.”