Vancouver Convention Centre Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

  • Vancouver Convention Centre Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

     
    POSTED April 15, 2019
     
  • Vancouver Convention Centre Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

     
    POSTED April 15, 2019
     
  • Vancouver Convention Centre Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

     
    POSTED April 15, 2019
     

The Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC) is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, and it definitely has a lot to celebrate. Since adding its west building, which tripled the facility's capacity, the VCC has welcomed more than 9 million guests from around the world and generated more than $2.4 billion in direct spending for British Columbia. Having hosted 5,561 events, the VCC has seen TED conferences, SIGGRAPH computer graphics conferences, trade shows, private meetings, banquets, fundraisers, public celebrations, film and television shoots, and more.

"The reputation of Vancouver and the Vancouver Convention Centre is so much stronger now than 10 years ago. Hosting the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games was a huge catalyst. We’re now seen as a global city," says Claire Smith, VCC vice president of sales and marketing.

Since opening 10 years ago, VCC has become the only double LEED Platinum Convention Centre in the world. "We were built to the highest environmental standards, but we have mirrored that philosophy in every aspect of managing and operating our facility," Smith says.

In addition to its diversity in events and commitment to the environment, Smith says the staff of VCC are now more confident in the facility's capabilities, allowing them to be more flexible and imaginative to help clients push boundaries on how the space can be used.

"Our main goal is to look forward. While we have had an incredibly exciting and successful 10 years, we want to build on that success and continue to grow and propel the industry forward," Smith says. "We set out to be a global leader in the convention industry, and while we have achieved great things, it is not a static vision; we have to continue to evolve to be successful."

Smith says they are looking to their team, clients, partners and the surrounding community to help shape their strategies moving forward. "We want to evolve our space and continue to enhance the delegate experience. We want to lead innovation in the industry," she says.

Brasada Ranch, located outside of Bend, Oregon, recently unveiled new meeting venues and group experiences, expanding upon one of the most idyllic venues in the Pacific Northwest.

At Brasada Ranch, guests are inspired by the wide-open setting, sustainable and contemporary design, limitless recreation opportunities and flexible event spaces that include indoor barn venues, outdoor areas, and new spaces including The Studio and Cascade Event Lawn.

 
In July, Chris Heeter, The Wild Institute and thousands of fans had to say goodbye to beloved speaker dog Tuu Weh.

With her fists closed tightly, Chris Heeter let her hands drop lightly to her sides, opening her palms widely and wildly. And with that small, simple motion, Heeter was unknowingly opening not just her hands, but her heart to a presence that would change her life as well as thousands of others.

 

For the first time ever, Refract: The Seattle Glass Experience is being hosted by 30 Pacific Northwest Arts Organizations.  

Set to be held October 17-20, this inaugural glass festival will be filled with tours, demonstrations, parties, and exhibits perfect for both visitors and locals. Hands-on glassmaking demonstrations will fascinate kids and adults alike, while evening parties and exhibitions by renowned artists will attract the adult crowd.