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 January 17, 2003
Virtual Tour Of Renovated Whistler Conference Centre Now Online

 Tourism Whistler has launched a series of virtual tours of the new Whistler Conference Centre at www.whistlermeetings.com, the site for conference and meeting planners. The Whistler Conference Centre, the British Columbia, Canada resort's largest meeting facility, is currently under renovation and slated to re-open in October 2003.

The virtual tours illustrate the exciting new features of what will be a signature Whistler building, designed to reflect the region's spectacular mountain environment. Part of the recently launched Web site whistlermeetings.com, the tours provide an easy-access electronic format to view detailed features such as the new raised reflective roof, the grand sky-lit gable entranceway and unique finishes such as exposed glulam wood beams and decking framed with native flora and boulders.

"Our primary goal with the Whistler meetings site is to provide meeting and conference planners with information and the necessary tools to plan their Whistler meeting with ease," said Lynda Gilroy, Director, Meetings and Incentive Experience, Tourism Whistler. "Now, with the Conference Centre closed for renovations, the new virtual tours will also help planners visualize the upgraded facility."

In addition to the virtual tours, whistlermeetings.com is a one-stop information resource and an essential tool to assist conference and meeting planners. Visitors to the site can download sample contract requirements and deposit schedules, identify preferred audio visual and exhibit partners, research lodging options, review customs and tax information, download floor plans for meeting room layout designs and even start planning their menus.

The year-long renovation of the Whistler Conference Centre is well underway and recently reached its first major milestone with the completion of the "deconstruction". The deconstruction phase reported outstanding success in diversion of significant "waste" from the Whistler landfill. More than 90 per cent of removed materials were recycled including 1,700 tons of concrete, 32 tons of reinforcing steel, and 4.5 tons of carpet.

The project is registered with the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System, an industry designation managed by the U.S. Green Building Council. Environmentally sustainable materials and practices are being used throughout the renovation including a new reflective roof, high-efficiency lighting system and leading-edge design features. A LEED-certified Whistler Conference Centre would put the resort in the league of the few "green" conference meeting destinations in the world, for which demand is growing.

The renovated Whistler Conference Centre will feature a larger ballroom, expanded pre-function area, and additional meeting rooms, as well as updated telecommunications, and a business centre. The 65,000-square-foot facility will include more than 40,000 square feet of total meeting space for up to 2,000 delegates, and have the capacity to accommodate up to five simultaneous meetings. Resort-wide, Whistler will have the capacity to host group room blocks of up to 3,000 in more than 120,000 square feet of meeting space in multiple venues.

Located in the Coast Mountains 75 miles north of Vancouver, Whistler features a natural mountain setting that serves as a spectacular meeting backdrop and a playground for an array of year-round outdoor activities. Whistler has 5,200 rooms, 92 restaurants and bars, several resort spas, and a wide range of boutiques and galleries. The Resort Municipality of Whistler is also home to a diverse community of 10,000 permanent residents.

Tourism Whistler is the member-based marketing organization representing Whistler, and operating the Whistler Conference Centre, the Whistler Golf Club and mywhistler.com