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Ottawa Set to Enter Convention Big Leagues

Ottawa Convention Centre puts the final touch on an elite meetings facility.

Ottawa Convention Centre puts the final touch on an elite meetings facility. June 21, 2010

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When the Ottawa Convention Centre opens its doors in April, 2011, it will usher in a new era for memorable meetings in the heart of the nation’s capital. Directly linked to the Rideau Centre and the 495-room Westin Ottawa, the state-of-the-art facility will feature 192,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space, including a multipurpose hall capable of accommodating 6,260 delegates for theatre- style meetings, 4,500 seated guests for banquets and 400 exhibit booths.

As a proud G8 capital city, Ottawa has long been the consummate host for important local, national and international meetings and events. The city is home to the offices of the federal government, as well as approximately 300 national associations who leverage the region’s high concentration of technology, biotechnology and medical research. In addition to state-of-the-art meeting facilities and over 6,000 hotel rooms within walking distance of the Ottawa Convention Centre, the city’s compact downtown core is complemented by an array of historic and cultural attractions.

Rising from the site of its predecessor, with panoramic views of Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal UNESCO World Heritage Site, Confederation Square and the National Arts Centre, the Ottawa Convention Centre opens the door to larger groups and citywide conventions in a capital city already known for its ability to host memorable meetings and events.

Built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) certification standards and geared towards sustainable practices, the facility’s modern design features include abundant natural lighting, as well as the latest in high-tech meetings technology and telecommunications. In addition to its multipurpose hall, the Ottawa Convention Centre will feature 29 flexible meeting spaces, including an elegant, 14,500-sq.-ft. ballroom and a formal executive boardroom.

The national capital is home to some of Canada’s most spectacular and multifunctional off-site venues, including catered events in the Grand Hall of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, cocktail receptions amidst the vintage aircraft of the Canadian Space and Aviation Museum and gala dinners in the elegant surroundings of the National Arts Centre.

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