According to Watkins Research Group’s biennial Meeting and Convention Planners Survey, out of 40 North American cities, Vancouver, B.C. is the top convention city in Canada and the second in North America!

Watkins’ rankings are based on responses from nearly 900 industry planners and decision makers from around the world. In the survey, Vancouver was:

• No. 1 for Client Advocate Score, a calculation indicating whether respondents would advocate or promote the destination to peers planning future events

• No. 1 for superior convention center facilities

• No. 1 for superior convention center services

• No. 1 for being a safe and secure destination

• No. 1 for superior Convention and Visitors Bureau/Destination Marketing Organization

In a news release announcing the honor, one group that recently met in the city noted of their experience:

“Million Dollar Round Table met in Vancouver this past June, and we were blown away by the dedication, professionalism and welcoming nature of the city’s hospitality community,” says Ray Kopcinski, director of meeting services, Million Dollar Round Table. “The meeting achieved record attendance with close to 11,500 people, and a major part of that was Vancouver’s appeal as a destination.”

This wasn’t the first time Vancouver had been lauded for its meetings hospitality. The International Congress and Convention Association named Vancouver the top meetings destination in North America.

To celebrate the accolade, Tourism Vancouver and the Vancouver Convention Centre put together a fun thank you video. Take a look! Now, doesn’t that make you want to pay a visit?

Gather around the table, sample delicious local cuisine, and marvel at the astonishing scenery of the U.S. Mountain West.

 

Molly Smith and Kristen Snavely have been named co-general managers of Triple Creek Ranch, an all-inclusive luxury ranch resort in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley. Smith is returning to Triple Creek Ranch after a brief hiatus. Previously serving as general manager for four years after working her way up from pastry chef, she has since perfected her skills at The Inn at Hastings Park in Massachusetts, another Relais & Châteaux property.

 

Global hospitality company Benchmark Pyramid has assumed management of Riverhouse on the Deschutes in Bend. With the Deschutes River as its backdrop, the 221-room hotel features Oregon’s largest convention center east of the Cascades and accommodates up to 1,600 guests. The property was awarded Silver LEED status by the U.S. Green Building Council. Guests can taste foods from the Pacific Northwest at CURRENTS, the hotel’s signature restaurant, and enjoy sustainably driven wellness treatments at Drift Spa.