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October 2012

Calgary

By Jennifer N. Dienst , Contributing Editor

Calgary ConveneWestern hospitality and business opportunity

Located in Canada's western province of Alberta, with the Canadian Rockies providing a breathtaking backyard view, Calgary has distinguished itself as a cosmopolitan city offering the best in business and leisure for its visitors.  Known for its warm, Western-style hospitality and uncompromising convenience for meeting planners and attendees, Calgary is the perfect mix - a little bit country, a little bit Rocky Mountain, and a lot of flexibility.

Meetings & Conventions Calgary (MCC) offers assistance to meeting planners, corporate clients, and association executives interested in Calgary as a prime location for their meetings.  Because of its unique partnership with the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre (CCTC) and the Calgary Hotel Association, event planners have direct access to suppliers without the added step of dealing with each facility individually.  Combine this with the fact that Alberta enjoys zero provincial sales tax and that Calgary is a leader in environmental initiatives, and you can see why more than four million people visit the city annually.

Enjoying more days of sunshine than any other major Canadian city, Calgary offers a host of options for pre- and post-event adventures.  The Canadian Rockies are located only an hour's drive from the city center, where visitors can hike, bike, ski, or even take a tour through the stunning area in a covered wagon.  Nearly one million visitors each summer attend "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth," the Calgary Stampede, which celebrated its centennial this past July.  All of this is in addition to the hundreds of restaurants, several parks and pathways, and 23 major annual festivals each year in downtown Calgary alone.

The Calgary International Airport's (YYC) proximity to the city center is an added bonus.  A short, 20-minute drive separates the CTCC from Canada's third-largest airport, which hosts 12.2 million passengers per year on more than 1,800 flights each week.

At a Glance

Total meeting space 
  • 1,183,000 square feet in convention center and hotels 
Hotel rooms 
  • 12,000-plus citywide 
  • 4,000 in the downtown core
Attractions 
  • more than 1,000 shops 
  • 200 restaurants and eateries
  • 50 pubs and nightclubs in the city center
  • Nearby golf, fly fishing, horseback riding, canoeing, and much more
For more information: meetingscalgary.com

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