The new Prince Edward Island (PEI) Convention Centre celebrated its official opening last night.
The $24.3 million centre, which is located on the harbourfront in Charlottetown, adjoins the Delta Prince Edward. Together the facilities offer more than 50,000 square feet of event space. The facility is owned by Charlottetown Area Development Corporation (CADC) and will be managed and operated solely by Delta Hotels and Resorts.
Michael Matthews, executive director of Meetings & Conventions Prince Edward Island, reports that PEI as a destination is extremely excited by the reactions it is getting from meeting planners across Canada.
“Being able to host as many as 1,500 delegates under one roof gives the destination access to a whole new set of customers we’ve never been able to accommodate in the past,” he says. “The number of bookings are up as are the size and quality of conferences, in conjunction with the excitement around the PEI 2014 Inc. celebrations. The feedback from planners is that they can’t believe it is right on the waterfront, with water views on all sides and access to a patio overlooking the harbour that can accommodate 900 delegates.”
In addition to a 24,000-sq.-ft. main ballroom, the convention centre also offers an 8,500-sq.-ft. foyer; 5,700-sq.-ft. harbourside room; and a 7,500-sq.-ft. patio as well as nine meeting rooms (6,844-sq.-ft.) on the mezzanine level of the Delta Prince Edward.