Calgary: Meet in an Expanded, Vibrant City

Calgary is a centre of energy, not only because of its natural resources sector, but because of its vibrant communities and welcoming people. It prides itself on being a boutique city with big-city energy making it a great choice for conferences. Collaboration between the two large convention venues, Calgary TELUS Convention Centre and the BMO Centre at Stampede Park, offers a wealth of flexible space to accommodate large groups.

The BMO Centre is moving forward with proposed expansion plans, changing the game in terms of what size of events can be accommodated in Calgary. The expansion will double the current size of the BMO Centre to about 10,000 sqm of meeting space. The construction is expected to break ground in spring 2019 and be finished by 2025, in time to host the anticipated 20,000 to 40,000 attendees from over one hundred countries for the Rotary International Convention. This expansion is also expected to fuel development of hotels and restaurants in Victoria Park, rounding out the east end of downtown.

In addition to ample space to host global business events, Calgary offers convenience. Just four blocks away from Stampede Park is the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre (CTCC) and the convention district filled with cultural venues such as Studio Bell, the National Music Centre, and plenty of retail shops, restaurants, bars and theatres. CTCC itself is directly connected to three hotels through Calgary’s skywalk system called the Plus 15. Kaili Cashin, Manager of Marketing & Communications for CTCC says “the boutique feel of our Centre and the convenience of our city location is one of our greatest strengths.”

Ultimate hosts

But CTCC doesn’t just rely on their convenient location; over the past year, CTCC has put time into rethinking their event space to accommodate new ways that event planners want to use it to create experiential programs. These renovated spaces are meant to foster collaboration and increase interaction that fuel innovative ideas, including bright colours, state-of-the-art technology, furniture flexibility and different room configurations.

Calgary is a breath of fresh air outside of event space as well – literally. With nearly 800 kms of pathways within city limits, event planners and delegates can see the city by foot or bike. And just an hour away from Calgary are the beautiful Rocky Mountains and nearby UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Banff and Jasper National Park.

Anticipating event planners’ needs and delivering exceptional meeting experiences is what Calgary is all about. In the end, they love to be “the ultimate hosts” to visitors and for over 700 cultural events each year, including the world-famous Calgary Stampede, and annual Global Petroleum Show.

This article is powered by Meetings + Conventions Calgary. For more information on Calgary as a conference destination, visit MEETINGSCALGARY.COM

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