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 August 29, 2002
Whistler Conference Centre Earns Incentive Award

 The Whistler Conference Center has been awarded the prestigious 2002 Incentive Magazine Platinum Partner Award. Readers of Incentive Magazine - more than 40,000 of the incentive industry's top corporate decision-makers -have recognized Whistler and the Whistler Conference Centre for excellence as an incentive industry supplier through a ballot in the February and April issues of the magazine. Readers made selections for the best motivational travel suppliers from various geographical areas including the United States and international destinations. Whistler was named a winner in the "Canada and Mexico" category. "This endorsement is excellent news for Whistler, and the timing is particularly exciting as we approach the October 1 groundbreaking of the Whistler Conference Centre renovation," says Lynda Gilroy, Director, Meetings & Incentive Experience at Tourism Whistler, the operator of the Whistler Conference Centre.

"We are honoured to receive this award representing the quality service offered by the Whistler Conference Centre staff, and the excellent incentive product offered in Whistler," adds Gilroy. "From creative event planning, to the relaxed atmosphere and wide range of outdoor activities, Whistler is truly a unique meeting destination."

The Platinum Partner Award represents the second industry honour of 2002 for the Whistler Conference Centre, which also received the 2002 Pinnacle Award from Successful Meetings Magazine.

A complete list of winners has been published in the September edition of Incentive magazine. Incentive planners made their selection based upon several criteria: motivational appeal of the destination; quality and degree of professionalism; and degree of credibility and promotional support. A Tourism Whistler representative will accept the award September 25 at the Incentive and Travel Motivation Exhibition (ITME) in Chicago, a major industry tradeshow with an annual attendance of more than 3,000 industry representatives.

The Whistler Conference Centre, which opened in 1985, will undergo a major renovation starting in October. The upgraded facility will feature increased capacity, a new grand entranceway showcasing a signature Rumford fireplace, a glass-enclosed conservatory, a business centre and enhanced telecommunications capabilities. It will have a West Coast design theme with wood, glass and rock finishings and a number of "green" building attributes such as sustainable building materials, a new reflective roof, and a high-efficiency lighting system. The facility will have the ability to host groups of up to 2,300 delegates, and to hold five simultaneous meetings.

Whistler features a natural mountain setting that serves as a spectacular meeting backdrop and a playground for a wide range of outdoor activities such as skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling in the winter, and golf, hiking, rafting, and mountain biking in the summer. Whistler has more than 80 restaurants, several resort spas, and a wide range of boutiques and galleries.