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 April 03, 2014
Vancouver Convention Centre Celebrates 5th Anniversary of West Building Opening

 The Vancouver Convention Centre celebrates an exciting milestone today -- the 5th anniversary of the opening of its expanded facility.

Since opening the West building on April 3, 2009, the Convention Centre has hosted nearly 2,750 events, welcomed over 2.6 million guests from around the world and generated over $1 billion in direct spending for the province.

"It has been a remarkable five years at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The addition of the West building -- a truly stunning facility in terms of design, functionality and location -- has elevated Vancouver on to the global stage as a major convention destination," said Ken Cretney, President and CEO, PavCo. "The West building expansion has helped attract an incredible array of global events, including SIGGRAPH 2011 and 2014, Pediatric Academic Societies 2010 and 2014, and TED 2014 and 2015."

"The world needs great gathering places and Vancouver is one of them -- and the lynchpin in that reputation is the Vancouver Convention Centre," said Rick Antonson, President and CEO of Tourism Vancouver. "As residents, we enjoy seeing delegates from around the globe walking our streets, dining in our award-winning restaurants and playing in our scenic outdoors. Science, medical research, the environment -- leading minds meet here because Vancouver provides the best setting for inspiration and innovation, anchored by the Vancouver Convention Centre."

Spanning 1.1 million ft2, the Vancouver Convention Centre's West building tripled the facility's capacity. The Convention Centre's two connected buildings offer a combined 466,500 ft2 (43,340 m2) of flexible of pre-function, meeting, exhibition and ballroom space.

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Highlights of accomplishments over the past five years:


• The Vancouver Convention Centre's West building opened, tripling the facility's capacity.


• The Vancouver Convention Centre was awarded LEED(r) (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification for the West building -- the first convention centre in the world to earn the highest LEED rating.

• The Vancouver Convention Centre served as the Main Media Centre for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, welcoming over 10,000 broadcasters and journalists from around the world.

• Hosted Meeting Professionals International's World Education Congress that brought 2,600 meetings professionals to Vancouver. This was a rare opportunity to showcase the Centre's new expanded facility and the city to some of the most influential decision makers in the meetings industry.


• Hosted SIGGRAPH 2011, the annual conference of the Association of Computer Machinery Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques. Held for the first time outside the US, this was the largest convention in Vancouver's history, attracting over 16,000 delegates in the digital arts community representing 74 different countries.

• Hosted the 99th Grey Cup Festivities, welcoming 33,000 attendees.

• Recognized for excellence in venue management and operations, sustainability and innovation:

- International Association of Venue Managers' Venue Excellence Award
- Top Ten Green Projects awarded by the American Institute of Architects' Committee on the Environment
- International Association of Congress Centres' Innovation Award recognizing the Vancouver Convention Centre's Service Excellence Program


• Vancouver Convention Centre's Executive Chef Blair Rasmussen was inducted to the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame.

• Awarded the Professional Convention Management Association's (PCMA) Spirit Award


• PCMA confirmed that Vancouver won the bid to host its annual Convening Leaders conference in 2016 -- an important industry meeting with approximately 3,500 attendees in the meetings industry.

• The General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous selected Vancouver to host the 2025 International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous. With an estimated attendance of 48,000, this will be the single largest meeting ever held in the city, with a footprint spanning both the Vancouver Convention Centre and BC Place Stadium.


• TED celebrated its 30th anniversary conference in Vancouver at the Vancouver Convention Centre. 1,800 of the world's thought leaders in business, the arts, sciences, academia and philanthropy attended TED2014.

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