The more at­trac­tive your meet­ing des­ti­na­tion, the more del­e­gates you’ll at­tract

Ottawa Business Journal - Meeting in the Capital - - Contents - Noel Buck­ley Pres­i­dent & CEO Ottawa Tourism

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.

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