Renovated conference centre attracting new business 

With the renovation and increased capacity of the Whistler Conference Centre – scheduled to re-open in August – Tourism Whistler has been able to attract conferences that previously may not have come to Whistler.

Some of the new business includes:

Federation of Canadian Municipalities — This Canadian association has agreed to host its annual conference of 1,600 delegates in Whistler in May 2009. The group translates into 8,000-plus room nights and will pump more than $2 million into the Whistler economy. With the assistance and financial support of the RMOW, Whistler is going to reap the benefits of this wonderful piece of business.

International Carbohydrate Symposium — Tourism Whistler has gone to contract with this B.C. group coming to Whistler in July 2006. The international conference will bring in 800 scientists for over six nights representing 4,800 room nights and an economic impact over $1 million.

Keystone Symposia — as a result of our expansion we can now accommodate this continued medical education organization that holds many meetings over the period of a year. In the past, Whistler had been too small for the majority of their meetings, however, now we can accommodate the larger groups – the first one arriving April 2004 with 5,600 room nights and an economic impact of over $2 million.

BC Water & Waste — a regional association that would not have been able to come back to Whistler if the WCC had not been renovated. This conference provides a total of 1,600 room nights to Whistler in May 2004. While not as large as the others, this group will be a repeat booking for Whistler.

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