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 December 04, 2002
Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion TaskForce Looking To Break Ground

 Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion Task Force expressed delight and appreciation over the announcement December 4 by Prime Minister Chrétien and Premier Campbell confirming their respective governments' contribution to the expansion of the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre (VCEC). "We are delighted that the federal and provincial governments have confirmed their commitment to the expansion of the VCEC ", said Peter Armstrong, chair of the Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion Task Force. "Today's announcement shows what can be accomplished when industry and government work together. Expansion of the centre will bring increased economic benefits to Vancouver, British Columbia and Canada. The tourism industry is delighted to have worked co-operatively with government to make this a reality."

Stephen Darling, chair of Tourism Vancouver echoed Peter Armstrong's comments. "I am proud that our organization took a leadership role in committing $90 million as an industry contribution toward an expanded centre. It clearly demonstrated to government that the tourism industry has confidence in Vancouver as an important player in the international convention marketplace, and in the future of our destination. We're proud to be a partner in this project," he added.

The Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion Task Force was formed in October 1999 to bring about an Industry-driven business plan for the expansion of the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre. Founding group members include Tourism Vancouver, The Vancouver Board of Trade, PavCo and the Vancouver Hotel Association. Over 100 associations from around British Columbia have joined a Stakeholders Council in support of Expansion.