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Vancouver was honoured with a slew of awards and accolades. In 2016

Six reasons Vancouver keeps breaking tourism records

Tourism Vancouver reports more than 10 million tourists visited the city in 2016, a new best for Metro Vancouver’s tourism industry, and the third record-breaking year in a row. Here are six reasons why Vancouver is so popular:

1. Vancouver hosted 29 conventions in 2016 that attracted some 160,000 attendees, including the TED Conference (1,800 attendees) and the American Society of Human Genetics annual meeting (8,000 attendees).

2. Vancouver’s biggest travel market, the United States, brought 2.3 million overnight visitors last year, up nearly 10 per cent from 2015. China remains Vancouver’s largest overseas visitor market with 280,000 total visitors in 2016.

3. Rugby fever. The World Rugby Sevens held its inaugural event in Canada at B.C. Place Stadium in March, drawing a crowd of more than 60,000, exceeding all expectations.

4. People love Vancouver’s summer. July, August and September were 2016’s strongest months for Vancouver’s accommodation sector. In July, daily occupancy in Metro Vancouver hotels was 94.1 per cent.

5. Vancouver’s cruise season keeps them coming. Port Metro Vancouver welcomed 826,820 passengers on 28 ships making 228 voyages in 2016.
Each time a cruise ship arrives in Vancouver, it stimulates more than $2 million in economic activity.

6. Vancouver scored a bounty of awards and accolades. Skytrax World Airport Awards named YVR the best airport in North America for an unprecedented seventh consecutive year; The Guardian recognized English Bay as one of the world’s best city beaches; and Forbes named the BMO Vancouver Marathon among the world’s top marathons worth travelling for.

It’s estimated that the tourism industry in Vancouver contributes about $4.4 billion to the Metro Vancouver economy annually and provides more than 70,000 full-time jobs.

Vancouver was honoured with a slew of awards and accolades. In 2016

Vancouver was recognized by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the world’s best cities

Skytrax World Airport Awards named YVR the best airport in North America for an unprecedented seventh consecutive year.

The Guardian recognized English Bay as one of the world’s best city beaches.

Forbes named the BMO Vancouver Marathon among the world’s top marathons worth travelling for.

Mercer Quality of Living Survey once again named Vancouver the most livable city in North America.

The prestigious Watkins Research Group Meeting and Planners Survey ranked Vancouver top convention city in Canada and second in North America, among other honours.

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) ranked Vancouver the top city in North America for international meetings.

It is estimated that the tourism industry in Vancouver contributes approximately $4.4 billion to the Metro Vancouver economy annually and provides more than 70,000 full-time jobs.

Vancouver Airport (YVR) has been named the best airport in the world.

The CAPA Centre for Aviation crowned YVR with the prestigious title at the Aviation Awards in Amsterdam on Thursday.

CAPA said the Vancouver Airport also has been a leader on the technology and environmental fronts. Last year the airport received an innovation award from CAPA for its BORDERXPRESS Automated Control Kiosks, which has reduced waiting times by more than 50% and is now in use at 32 airports across North America and the Caribbean.

Some of the highlights implemented and offered at YVR include a 32% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per passenger over the last decade and is the first airport to secure a salmon safe certification, highlighting its commitment to protect water quality and aquatic life.

Award Winning Art and Architecture
A stunning west coast-themed international departure area, and almost unanimous customer satisfaction reports (91 per cent), YVR features the largest Northwest Coast Native art collection in the world and two satellite Vancouver Aquarium exhibits.

Restroom for Pets
The pet-friendly restroom features a puppy potty and a grass floor as well as features to allow easy access for people with disabilities.

Free Yoga Space
Need a stretch before heading on that long flight? Vancouver International Airport has a room for you.
YVR and Yoga have announced a new pilot program that will provide a free yoga space for departing passengers.

In Terminal Hotel and Spa
Fairmont Airport Hotel and Absolute SPA located right in the YVR Terminal

This is the first time YVR has earned the ranking and is the first North American airport to do so. Previous winners are Singapore Changi Airport, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, and Beijing Capital International Airport.

YVR has grown from serving only 1,072 passengers in 1931 to an expected 22 million in 2016. It now serves over 35 airlines from around the world.

Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel
Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel

Wedgewood Hotel & Spa as the #1 Top City Hotel in Canada

Travel + Leisure’s 2016 World Best Awards has named The Wedgewood Hotel & Spa as the #1 Top City Hotel in Canada.

Wedgewood Hotel Vancouver
Wedgewood Hotel Vancouver

This isn’t the first time the family-owned luxury boutique hotel in Downtown Vancouver has snagged a spot on the list—it placed fifth in last year’s awards.

“Although we have consistently been ranked as one of the top hotels in Canada, this is the first time we have been voted as number one!” said Elpie Marinakis-Jackson, Wedgewood Hotel’s co-owner and managing director, in a press statement. “It is a true honour and a privilege and we are absolutely thrilled to be ranked among the best in the world by Travel + Leisure.”

The prestigious awards are selected by the travel publication’s readers, with hotel rankings based on ratings in five categories: rooms/facilities, location, service, value, and food.

A handful of other Vancouver hotels made the list, including Rosewood Hotel Georgia ranking second place, Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver coming in at fifth, Fairmont Pacific Rim placing ninth, and Loden Hotel taking the tenth spot.

article from the GEORGIA STRAIGHT

Residence Inn Vancouver Ranked as an Eco-Friendly Leader

Residence Inn Vancouver Ranked as an Eco-Friendly Leader

five Green Key Global hotel
five Green Key Global hotel rating

The Extended Stay Hotel in Vancouver Earns Top Recognition as a Green Leader and Eco-Friendly Destination

There’s no doubt climate smart destinations are the future of travel, and the Residence Inn Vancouver is making its commitment to the cause known with the announcement of its continuing efforts to focus on green, eco-friendly lodging. The hotel’s climate smart practices have led to it being named one of only five Green Key Global hotels to receive Five Green Keys in Vancouver, and to receiving TripAdvisor’s Green Leader Gold Level. … more from Marketwired.com Oct 09, 2015

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