By Pavco’s personal account, 2022 was a robust “near regular” 12 months for its tourism engine venues of BC Place Stadium and Vancouver Convention Centre.
Each venues noticed the return of main occasions all year long, and it’s estimated they produced a mixed economic impact of $255 million over the course of this 12 months, in phrases of the spending on lodging, meals, retail, and providers by occasion attendees and particularly those that are out-of-town guests.
A complete of 428 occasions attracting over 1.6 million folks had been recorded throughout the 2 venues, but it surely was not till April when exercise actually started to ramp up, when the large-scale occasions returned — the complete return of the BC Lions and Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s house video games, and main live shows by The Weeknd, Def Leppard, Mötley Crϋe, and Elton John.
The conference centre noticed the return of the TED Convention, in addition to the SIGGRAPH and Expertise Canada conventions, which attracted over 10,000 attendees every, with a lot of the delegates being out-of-province guests.
This 12 months, BC Place noticed 88 occasions attracting 715,000 guests, whereas the conference centre held 340 occasions with an estimated attendance of 890,000.
“Pavco and its services are key economic and neighborhood drivers for the Province of BC,” mentioned Ken Cretney, president and CEO of Pavco, the provincial crown company that owns and operates each venues.
“After we host a significant occasion, it attracts native guests and worldwide attendees that generate important gross sales exercise for native companies, lodges, eating places, taxis, rideshare and tourism operators. This spending additionally helps the direct and oblique creation of significant jobs, guaranteeing the success of the tourism and occasions trade.”
New turf was installed at BC Place in January, as a part of the routine substitute of the enjoying floor about each 5 years because of heavy put on and tear.
In June 2022, it was introduced that Vancouver’s BC Place can be one of many 16 venues throughout Canada, america, and Mexico for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
In 2025, each BC Place and the conference centre will co-host Alcoholics Nameless’ (AA) Worldwide Convention, which is staged each 5 years in a brand new metropolis, and estimated to draw about 50,000 delegates to Vancouver — making it the biggest conference ever held in town. Additionally it is anticipated there can be pent-up curiosity for AA’s 2025 occasion in Vancouver as a result of pandemic cancellation of their 2020 occasion in Detroit.