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Convention Centre preps for busiest year ever

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Summary

More than 30 convention bookings in Vancouver has tourism industry pumped about boost to bottom line

Vancouver Convention Centre is expecting its best year on record with 33 events this year

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – There is some optimism about what this year could look like for Vancouver’s bottom line as it’s expected to be a record one for conventions.

The folks at the Vancouver Convention Centre say there are 33 events on the schedule this year, projected to bring tens of thousands of visitors here.

“I think it just does build on the success that we’ve been seeing over previous years. I think over 100,000 out-of-town delegates is something that is incredible because we know that these are the types of attendees that come to Vancouver, stay in hotels, spend money in restaurants and other businesses. But I think this is something that we should all be very excited about,” explains Jinny Wu with the Vancouver Convention Centre.

“I believe that Vancouver has grown a really strong reputation as a destination that can do business well and can host these types of meetings and global conventions to great success.”

This follows a story we brought you a couple of weeks ago when we told you Tourism Vancouver was expecting another record-setting year in 2018.

Stephen Pearce with the agency says when people come here for a meeting or two they end up spending extra time and money touring the region, which means a big boost for BC’s economy. He estimates tourism brings in about $5.1 billion annually and even though we’re popular around the world — the US is still our number one consumer.

Pearce feels the tourism industry, which gets some help from all the bookings at the Convention Centre, is not only helping the economy but it employs roughly 72,000 people directly or indirectly in BC.

Some high-profile conventions coming to town include the American Bar Association, the TED Conference and SIGGRAPH.