Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

December 26 2012


Ali Gramaglia

It’s the big reasons as well as the small

The first thing that comes to mind when you hear “Niagara” is the Falls - but there’s so much more to Niagara as a meetings destination. Just a short drive from four international airports - Buffalo/Niagara, Pearson Toronto, Hamilton, and Niagara Falls - which offer daily shuttle service throughout the Niagara region, getting to Niagara is a breeze.

If you’re planning for a large crowd, with more than 17,000 hotel rooms and the beautiful new 288,000-square-foot Scotiabank Convention Centre (SCCN), Niagara has you covered. SCCN boasts a free-span exhibition hall of 82,000-plus square feet, a distinctive 17,000-square-foot ballroom, and 26,000 square feet of flexible meeting and breakout space. But don’t let its size deceive. Although built to handle a crowd, the center also offers an experience that differs from the traditional, including:
• Locally sourced ingredients that take center stage in personalized menu plans endorsed by Canadian celebrity Chef Anna Olson
• LEED Silver certification, meaning that the facility minimizes its carbon footprint while providing guests with an exceptional environmentally healthy, eco-friendly experience.

Looking to break away from the conventional? From boutique hotels to wineries and cooking schools, Niagara has a diverse range of alternative venues that are anything but average. The historic surroundings of Niagara-on-the-Lake, the solitude offered by Twenty Valley, the urban offerings of St. Catharines, and the close border proximity of Fort Erie may also set just the right tone for your event.

Meeting facilities aren’t the only attributes that will delight your attendees. Niagara is named 2012 Culture Capital of Canada, with a rich history and a world-class art scene, including the Show Festival - the second-largest repertory theatre company in North America. And home to more than 80 wineries and a vast collection of restaurants sure to please every palate, Niagara is a wine and culinary hotbed. In fact, Trip Advisor recently recognized Niagara-on-the-Lake as Canada’s No. 1 food-and-wine destination.

For added entertainment, Niagara offers fantastic options including dinner theater, specialty boutiques, concerts, and two world-class casinos for those who want to test their luck. Or relax and recharge at Niagara’s renowned spa facilities, many of which offer unique vinotheraputic treatments using local wine and grapes. Niagara is also a golfer’s paradise. With almost 50 stellar courses and its own Golf Trail, Niagara offers some of the most spectacular views in the region.

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