B.C. Convention Centre Re-envisions Space for Safe Return of Events

In anticipation of the return of in-person events, the Vancouver Convention Centre has put together a ‘safe events’ plan.

Called ReDesign, the convention centre worked with industry partners to create a live demonstration space that highlights how event aspects could evolve amid the changing industry landscape.

“We took a proactive step to explore what events will look like and how they can function so our clients are able to host meaningful experiences with the assurance that decisions are informed by safety as a foundational priority,” says Craig Lehto, general manager of the Vancouver Convention Centre.

The events venue invited local businesses, event organizers and meeting planners to experience ReDesign last September. The space included a variety of pandemic-related upgrades, including designated entries and exits, social distancing protocols, larger aisles, plastic shielding, and new catering processes for safer food and beverage options.

Guests also had the opportunity to share their own innovations, ideas and feedback on how to enhance the overall event experience moving forward.

“This was an exciting opportunity to collaborate with our partners and collectively work toward innovative solutions to help our industry move forward and at the same time begin to earn trust around the hosting of meetings and events,” says Lehto.

The convention centre has since launched a 360-degree virtual walkthrough tour of the space for everyone to see.

Earlier this year, the Vancouver Convention Centre further strengthened its commitment to the health and safety of its staff, clients and guests, with the achievement of the Global Biorisk Advisory Council Star accreditation for outbreak prevention, response and recovery.


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