Vancouver has been ranked one of North America’s top meeting and convention destinations, according to the 2018 Watkins Report Meeting and Convention Planners Survey.
The biennial report is based on a survey of nearly 1,000 meeting and convention organisers in North America, evaluating the 40 most popular convention destinations in the US and Canada.
The Watkins Report covers topics concerning city and convention bureau perception, meeting requirements and key factors in making site decisions. The honours awarded to Vancouver in the 2018 survey include:
#1 for Meeting Planner “Likely to Recommend”
#1 for Most Helpful Convention & Visitor Bureau / Destination Marketing Organization
#1 for Superior Convention Centre Services
#1 for Safe and Secure Destination to host a meeting
#1 for Great All-Around Convention City in Canada
Dave Gazley, vice president of Meeting & Convention Sales at Tourism Vancouver, said: “The Watkins Report underscores Vancouver’s reputation as a premier global meetings destination
“The recognition Tourism Vancouver and the Vancouver Convention Centre received for being the #1 ‘Most Helpful Convention and Visitor Bureau/Destination Marketing Organization’ and #1 for ‘Superior Convention Centre Services’ is particularly gratifying.”
Claire Smith, vice president of sales and marketing at the Vancouver Convention Centre added: “The global business events industry is extremely competitive. To once again receive top rankings in the Watkins Report that represents the views of nearly 1,000 meeting planners is both humbling and inspiring.”