The more attractive your meeting destination, the more delegates you’ll attract
Great hotels, excellent meeting venues, easy access—these are key considerations for anyone evaluating destinations for their upcoming meetings and conventions. To be certain, Ottawa has a very strong and experienced hotel community, with both big name brands and unique local properties. The Capital offers superb meeting spaces—with much more to come with the April 2011 opening of the all-new Ottawa Convention Centre. And our destination is served by a new, modern airport, with daily flights to over 30 Canadian and international centres— and just a 20-minute shuttle ride from most of the city’s convention hotels. Yes, Ottawa has all of that. But to be a truly successful meeting destination, a city has to offer more than the facilities and services a meeting planner would naturally expect. And it is in this regard that Ottawa truly shines. For planners, the Capital’s spectacular national museums offer some of the country’s most unique offsite venues. The National Gallery of Canada, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Canadian War Museum, Canada Aviation Museum (venue for the 2009 Genie Award) all provide stunning settings for special receptions, dinners, and high profile events. They likewise can provide hours of off-agenda cultural discovery and experiences for delegates, as can our city’s theatres, performing arts venues and year ‘round lineup of festivals. Looking for group activities for delegates? Ottawa’s got it. How about a starlit cruise on the Ottawa River? Or a visit to the Sound & Light Show on Parliament Hill? Or gaming excitement and entertainment at the Casino du Lac-Leamy? Or a command performance at the National Arts Centre? Or a cooking session at the renowned Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute? Or a wintertime skating party on the frozen Rideau Canal UNESCO World Heritage Site? Then again, perhaps delegates would prefer to pursue these and the many other things there are to see and do in Ottawa on their own. Either way, they’ll most certainly enjoy Ottawa’s picturesque beauty and abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation—whether golf or kayaking, cycling or hiking. And at the end of the day, the city’s relaxed urban rhythm, its cafés, bistros and burgeoning culinary scene are the perfect antidote to a day spent in conference. All of which explains why delegates to meetings in our destination often arrive early and stay on after their events. And why many of those events often set attendance records when held here. At Ottawa Tourism, the success of your meeting is our mission—whether a small get together or an annual gathering. Contact us and visit us online and we’ll help you make the most of your decision to meet here.