• Explore Canada with Elevated Experiences

     
    POSTED September 9, 2019
     
  • Explore Canada with Elevated Experiences

     
    POSTED September 9, 2019
     
  • Explore Canada with Elevated Experiences

     
    POSTED September 9, 2019
     

Vancouver Convention Centre Celebrates 10th Birthday

The West Building of the Vancouver Convention Centre, known for its beautiful water views, opened its doors in April 2009 and has hosted more than 5,500 events. The addition of the structure tripled the facility’s capacity, enabling the convention center to welcome more than 9 million guests from around the world to gatherings such as major citywide conventions, consumer and trade shows, private meetings, banquets, fundraisers, community events, special events, public celebrations, and film and TV shoots. Vancouver Convention Centre is the world’s first double LEED Platinum certified convention center.

Elevated Tree Walk Experience Planned for Squamish

Sea to Sky Gondola’s mission is to make it easy for people to connect with the great outdoors. In keeping with that philosophy, the organization plans to erect an accessible, architecturally stunning tree walk that winds 34 meters into the sky, offers soaring 360-degree views and provides access for guests of all ages and abilities. The elevated trail experience starts at Summit Lodge and leads guests on a 2.5-kilometer return trip through the trees and over wetlands along Panorama Ridge. The new structure is the first of its kind in North America and designed to thoughtfully integrate into nature. The Squamish-based tourism attraction opened in 2014. 

Maple Leaf Adventures Introduces Cascadia

A Canadian ecotourism pioneer, Maple Leaf Adventures, has launched the 138- foot catamaran Cascadia in British Columbia to provide luxury expeditions along the region’s beautiful western coast. Owners Kevin Smith and Maureen Gordon were inspired by the increasing demand for transformational experiences in unspoiled regions, which is a great fit for incentive trips. Accommodating up to 24 guests, Cascadia is designed to offer a more intimate and authentic experience, one aligned with the scale of the coastal inlets and the communities that guests will visit. Regular itineraries include Haida Gwaii, Great Bear Rainforest, Vancouver Island, southern British Columbia’s fjords, and wine cruising through the Gulf Islands.

Northwest planners looking to take advantage of the experiential travel trend need look no further than Victoria, British Columbia, for their next meeting or event. Located on Vancouver Island, the provincial capital is a natural playground with boundless beauty, upscale comforts and casual elegance. “We know that organizations are looking for meetings and incentive travel options that can’t be replicated,” says Miranda Ji, vice president of sales for the Victoria Conference Centre and Business Events Victoria.

 

Philadelphia was one of just two U.S. locations on National Geographic’s list of best trips for 2020. The magazine describes the city as “a scrappy underdog with a heart of gold” and uses words like “vibrant” and “creative” to describe this formerly industrial city. That’s good news for meeting planners and should certainly boost attendance at meetings. And adding to the excitement are shopping, entertainment and restaurants cropping up around the Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC), glitzy new hotels and renovated attractions with event space.

 

With its casual college town vibe, thriving music and arts scenes, and independent cowboy culture, Denton is a city of originals. So, it only makes sense that planners looking for a unique location would choose the north Texas city.