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Professional Convention Management Association

October 2012

PCMA Partner: Vancouver Convention Centre

Convene Staff

A special destination for meetings.

Vancouver was again named North America's top destination for international meetings by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) this year.  With diverse conventions drawn to the city in recent years, it's easy to see why Vancouver has captured this prestigious title for the fourth time.  

One example is the United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology's 101st Annual Meeting, held in March at the Vancouver Convention Centre.  "I'm extremely pleased with this year's meeting and consider it our most successful ever," said Executive Director Kerry Crockett.  "Attendance was higher than it's ever been, and the feedback from our faculty and attendees was overwhelmingly positive."

Following the successful hosting of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, coupled with the addition of the convention center's stunning West building, Vancouver's appeal as a leading convention destination is stronger than ever.  The city has attracted an impressive range of conventions and events, many of which are new to Vancouver and larger in size and scope than ever before.

Held in August 2011, the 38th annual conference of the Association of Computer Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH) brought together more than 16,000 delegates from 74 countries and was the Vancouver Convention Centre's largest conference to date.  This was the first time the event was held outside the U.S., and already SIGGRAPH organizers have announced their plan to return to Vancouver in 2014.

"Vancouver... is both an international and entrepreneurial city that creatively blends urban and natural environments," said SIGGRAPH 2011 conference chair Peter Braccio.  "It is a special conference, so it is fitting that we are in a city as special as Vancouver."

Vancouver is indeed a special city - a destination located in one of the most beautiful settings in the world, where partners are united to deliver an inspiring, seamless experience for delegates and organizers.

For more information: tourismvancouver.com/meetings and vancouverconventioncentre.com

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