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?

Born and raised in Bryan, about 90 miles east of Village of Salado, Chadley Hollas, Village of Salado’s director of tourism, says he came to the town with one goal: to help Salado become Texas’ best small destination. His favorite thing about his adopted hometown is the people. “They are quirky, creative and hospitable—a neat combination that makes for many good conversations,” says Hollas.

 
In July, Chris Heeter, The Wild Institute and thousands of fans had to say goodbye to beloved speaker dog Tuu Weh.

With her fists closed tightly, Chris Heeter let her hands drop lightly to her sides, opening her palms widely and wildly. And with that small, simple motion, Heeter was unknowingly opening not just her hands, but her heart to a presence that would change her life as well as thousands of others.

 

Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel & Conference Center receives the AAA Inspector’s Best of Housekeeping award for its cleanliness and condition, which ranked in the top 25 percent of the 27,000 AAA inspected properties.