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G7 capital premium?

Lesley Mackay from Ottawa Tourism considers the benefits of sitting at the big boys’ table: Paris, Berlin, Rome, Tokyo, London, Washington and Ottawa. What do these seven cities have in common? Together, these cities govern seven nations that account for more than half of the globe’s net wealth. They are the beating heart of governments, policies and laws.  They are the G7 capitals. Capital cities...

Ottawa Tourism success breeds repeat European buyer event at Gleneagles

Ottawa Tourism has confirmed it will run another European buyer event at Gleneagles in Scotland in 2019 following the success of its 2018 event which delivered CAD$2.2m (US$1.64m) in economic impact to Ottawa and resulted in two association bids being confirmed. The agency reports a further four events are actively considering Canada’s capital for their next editions. The 2019 event will take plac...

ThinkOttawa launches to champion event bids in the Canadian capital

Three of Ottawa’s pillar economic development organisations – Ottawa Tourism, Shaw Centre, and Invest Ottawa – are working together, under a new programme, to bring more conferences and events to Canada’s capital by supporting local industry leaders in their international conference bids. The programme, ThinkOttawa, will provide complimentary support to local industry, academic, government, and no...

Living the life (science) in Ottawa

By Lesley Mackay, Vice-President Meetings and Major Events, Ottawa Tourism.   Twenty-five major conferences devoted to life sciences will be held in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, between 2019 and 2022.  Their delegates will feel right at home and in good company: Ottawa has emerged as a true leader in life sciences, with close to 4,000 people employed and 140 companies active in the sector – plus...

Exploring the bed tax issue in Ottawa

Lesley Mackay, Ottawa Tourism’s Vice-President for Meetings and Major Events, follows up on CMW’s recent bed taxes cover story.   Your recent bed taxes article raises some interesting questions about an income stream that many people and organisations find troubling. However, a close look at the numbers show that there is a compelling argument for such a tax. In fact, here in Ottawa, where we...

Game on in Ottawa for Sport Event Congress 2021

Canada’s largest gathering of the sport tourism industry will return to Ottawa in 2021 for the 21st edition of Sport Event Congress. The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA), with the support of Ottawa Tourism, will hold the event March 8-10, 2021 at The Westin Ottawa. Held annually since 2001, the 2021 Sport Events Congress will bring together more than 400 national and provincial sport event r...

Ottawa’s UK roadshow cements long-term partnerships

Ottawa Tourism has completed a week-long European roadshow involving reaching out to key association clients. The team from the Canadian capital gained valuable face time with both current and potential clients as part of Ottawa’s ongoing business development strategy to win long-term business. Representatives of the Shaw Centre, Ottawa’s main convention centre, were part of the delegation and Nin...

Meet Ottawa: engineered for conferences

Lesley Mackay, Director of Meetings and Events at Ottawa Tourism, explains why engineers feel right at home when they meet in Canada’s capital city   If Canada were a city, Ottawa would be it. As the country’s capital, Ottawa is a city that tells the stories of Canada like no other. It’s the place where Canadians gather to celebrate their shared heritage. And it’s a region of natural beauty, ...