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The Whistler Conference Centre is getting a $3.5 million renovation

The project is anticipated to be complete by mid-March, says Tourism Whistler
The Whistler Conference Centre will undergo a multi-million dollar renovation this winter, Tourism Whistler announced Tuesday. FILE IMAGE

The Whistler Conference Center will undergo a $3.5 million renovation this winter, Tourism Whistler announced today.

"Recognizing group and conference business is a critical priority for the resort, our Board of Directors has approved this significant renovation to the Whistler Conference Centre to elevate it to a four-star facility," said Tourism Whistler president and CEO Barrett Fisher in a release.

"Conference business is the number one strategy for growing Whistler's shoulder seasons, buoying the resort's tourism economy with groups who book in advance and fill need periods."

The renovation is set to include design and technical upgrades, such as lighting, treatments for acoustics, floor and wall coverings, furnishings and artwork. The goal is "to create a contemporary, sophisticated aesthetic that complements Whistler's natural mountain environment," according to the release.

The Whistler Conference Centre will remain closed throughout the renovation, set to take place during the over-40,000 square-foot centre's "low winter season" beginning in January. Tourism Whistler expects the project to be finished by mid-March 2020.

"Adding high-quality finishes and furnishings to the conference centre's already iconic features such as the beautiful cathedral ceilings and Rumford rock fireplace will not only enhance Whistler's group business opportunities, but will ensure Whistler remains competitive as a world-class meetings and conference destinations," says Karen Goodwin, vice president of destination and market development at Tourism Whistler.

"The Whistler Conference Centre is utilized by a diverse selection of groups, including business from the corporate, incentive and association sectors, which drive 30 per cent of the resort's total room nights during the spring, summer and fall periods. The conference centre upgrades will not only be beautiful, but practical and functional in design to suit a variety of conference and event needs," she added.