Tourism Whistler announces $3.5 million dollar renovation to the Whistler Conference Centre, the resort’s signature conference facility located in the heart of Whistler Village.
“Recognizing group and conference business is a critical priority for the resort, our Board of Directors has approved this significant renovation to the Whistler Conference Centre to elevate it to a four-star facility,” says Barrett Fisher, president and CEO of Tourism Whistler. “Conference business is the number one strategy for growing Whistler’s shoulder seasons, buoying the resort’s tourism economy with groups who book in advance and fill need periods.”
The Whistler Conference Centre renovation will include design and technical upgrades including lighting, acoustical treatments, floor and wall coverings, furnishings, and artwork, to create a contemporary, sophisticated aesthetic that complements Whistler’s natural mountain environment.
“Adding high quality finishes and furnishings to the conference centre’s already iconic features such as the beautiful cathedral ceilings and Rumford rock fireplace, will not only enhance Whistler’s group business opportunities, but will ensure Whistler remains competitive as a world-class meetings and conference destination,” says Karen Goodwin, vice president of destination and market development at Tourism Whistler.
“The Whistler Conference Centre is utilized by a diverse selection of groups, including business from the corporate, incentive and association sectors, which drive 30 per cent of the resort’s total room nights during the spring, summer and fall periods. The conference centre upgrades will not only be beautiful, but practical and functional in design to suit a variety of conference and event needs,” adds Goodwin.
The Whistler Conference Centre will remain closed during the renovation, which is slated to begin in January, with a projected completion by mid-March 2020.
The Whistler Conference Centre offers more than 40,000 square feet of versatile meeting space with the ability to host a wide variety of conferences and events both in size and scope.