While attending the University of Vancouver, Rob Ringma, Tourism Victoria’s director of sales, developed a passion for Victoria’s natural beauty, accessible wilderness and the genuine authenticity of the people. Victoria, located on Vancouver Island’s southern tip, is steeped in rich history, architectural charm and natural beauty, but Ringma notes British Columbia’s capital city is much more than that. “We are forward-thinking, passionate people who want meetings business. We deliver exceptional and, frankly, completely unexpected venues, outstanding service and warm, authentic hospitality. By virtue of everything Victoria has to offer, hosting a meeting here is nothing short of a capital idea.”

Here are three things Ringma says meeting planners should know about Victoria:

There are countless things to do, from the tame to the thrilling.

“Spas that spoil: check. World-class golf: check. Whale watching: check. Zip lining, salmon fishing, garden tours, nightlife, live music ... these are my favorite things, and your delegates will want to check it all out! And if you’re considering an off-site meeting space, we have a variety of weird and wonderful places, from gardens and castles to cider farms and lighthouses.”

There are approximately 6,500 hotel rooms in the region.

“The Victoria Conference Center boasts over 73,000 square feet of unique meeting space and is within two minutes of several world-class accommodations properties. Our other conference hotel partners provide an additional 150,000 square feet of meeting space in various configurations, and we will be welcoming an additional 14,000 square feet of flexible meeting space in late 2017 when the DoubleTree by Hilton is completed.”

Victoria is Canada’s smartest city.

“Yes, Victoria has been rated as Canada’s ‘Smartest City’ by Maclean’s magazine. It is also now internationally recognized as a leadingedge technology hub. It’s why we’re increasingly referred to as ‘Techtoria.’ We are an industrious capital city built on capital ideas and we will apply this same thinking to help you make your meeting exceptional.”

When Built: Constructed in 1936, originally as a door factory. The Chandelier Room was used as a production space and the Edison Room as a showroom. 

Design Style: Urban industrial artistry 

Highlights: Rotating moss wall, brick exterior, exposed rafters, polished cement floors, large factory-style windows and surrounding arts district 

Event Spaces: 

 

Though in recent years Waco has gained attention as being the home of Chip and Joanna Gaines,
hosts of HGTV’s show “Fixer Upper,” it has long been a city of note. It’s known as the heart of Texas, not only for its central location, but also its spirit of Texan ingenuity and resourcefulness. After all, this is where the suspension bridge that allowed the Chisholm and Shawnee trails to cross the Brazos River was built. And it’s here that Dr Pepper and Big Red were invented and Baylor University and the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum are located.
 

 

The Hyatt offers meeting planners headed to San Antonio three completely different experiences depending on which of the brand’s hotels you choose to stay at. This past fall, I was lucky enough to score a FAM trip that included stays at two of the three hotels, with a tour of the third.