New meeting space and countless opportunities for off-site events in a picturesque setting make Kelowna a contender for your next meeting. June 21, 2010
Meetings & Incentive Travel Advertising Feature
Situated on the 110-km. Okanagan Lake, Kelowna has evolved from a summertime destination for families to a fresh addition to the B.C. meetings scene.
Getting to Kelowna has never been easier. Air Canada and WestJet both fly nonstop daily out of Toronto. As well, there are three daily flights out of Seattle and other daily non-stops from Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria. With the Kelowna International Airport only 20 minutes from downtown, transfer times are among the shortest in Canada.
The area is home to a dozen properties that cater to meetings and events. Kelowna features over 4,500 guestrooms and over 110,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. As well, with 17 golf courses and 18 wineries in the area—most within 15 to 20 minutes from downtown—it’s easy to organize spectacular off-site events.
The waterfront Delta Grand Okanagan Resort and Conference Centre boasts the largest meeting facility in Kelowna, with 25,000 sq. ft. of newly renovated meeting space. The resort can accommodate groups as large as 1,500.
Another option available for meeting planners is the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus, which offers 35,000 sq. ft. of space for events during the summer months and rooms for 800 people.
“Kelowna is definitely seen as a fresh destination when meeting planners are looking for something different,” says Jennifer Horsnell, director of sales, Tourism Kelowna.
“With our stunning location and quality of group experiences, we are consistently surprising planners with what we have to offer.”
Chefs Michael Lyon, at the Hotel Eldorado, Ned Bell of Cabana Grille (both of Food Network fame) and Bernard Casavant, at Manteo Resort (the Canadian representative at the culinary Olympic Games) have elevated Kelowna’s culinary scene. Explore what Kelowna has to offer food enthusiasts by attending a culinary class —an increasingly popular group exercise.
If you need assistance, Tourism Kelowna offers support with FAM tours, site inspections, complimentary promotional tools and RFP distribution—anything to make the meeting planner’s experience in Kelowna as easy and enjoyable as possible.