Meet with Confidence in Calgary

Safe physically distanced event
Safe physically distanced event

Meet with Confidence in Calgary

The approach to in-person meetings has undoubtedly changed. In lockstep, Calgary’s hosting venues have adapted and invested in the future of safe meetings, earning gold-standard health and safety accreditations, embracing touchless and tech-enabled hybrid hosting solutions, and generally #TakingCare of business in ways that enable meeting planners and attendees to safely do the same. Be part of the new – and safe – Calgary meeting story with support from Tourism Calgary through every step of the planning and delivery process in this new environment. 

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Venues

Meeting planners can be confident about the safety of their attendees at Calgary's two major conference centres. The Calgary TELUS Convention Centre (CTCC) and the BMO Centre at Stampede Park both achieved the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation. GBAC STAR helps organizations establish protocols and procedures, offers expert-led training and assesses a facility's readiness for biorisk situations. The program verifies that CTCC and BMO Centre have implemented the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfecting, and infectious disease prevention in their facilities. 

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Hotels

Calgary's hotels have implemented a wide range of safety measures, including touchless check-in options, occupancy limits, frequent cleaning schedules, mandatory protective equipment for employees and increased guestroom disinfecting practices. Learn more about Health and Safety in Calgary Hotels here. The Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association Safe Accommodation Promise holds hotels accountable for maintaining a safe environment for guests and staff, and provides assurance to guests that the hotel is a safe place to stay. Feel confident in staying and hosting your event at Calgary's hotels - click here for an example from the Delta Calgary Downtown

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Transit

Safety and comfort start at YYC Calgary International Airport, which received the Airports Council International's Airport Health Accreditation. This assures passengers and staff that health and safety are prioritized in a measurable, established manner. The City of Calgary also requires that all public vehicles, including public buses, taxis and rideshare services, adhere to the Face Coverings Bylaw

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Restaurants

Calgary restaurants have enhanced health and safety protocols by maintaining two-metre distance and/or by installing physical barriers between tables, managing customer information for contact tracing purposes, providing hand sanitizer, and ensuring high levels of cleanliness in all areas. Many restaurants have also created or extended their outdoor patios to provide seating al fresco - what better way to enjoy long summer days in Canada's sunniest major city?

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Attractions

Calgary always provides convention delegates with plenty of entertainment options beyond the conference with such attractions as the Calgary Zoo, Calgary Tower, and National Music Centre - Studio Bell. These attractions will be ready to welcome visitors safely with mask requirements, physical distancing measures, and timed ticketing. Planners or their guests can purchase admission online and visit during a reserved time slot. 

Client Testimonials

Calgary has long been a trusted destination with event planners. Here is what event planners who have hosted events at the BMO Centre at Stampede Park over the past year have to say.

Rotary Club of Calgary at Stampede Park

"With the guidance and leadership of representatives from the BMO Centre at Stampede Park, our Rotary Club was able to resume modified, in-person meetings on September 10, 2020. The BMO Centre made appropriate arrangements for us to meet in a larger facility, with capacity for the number of people permitted by Alberta Health Services guidelines, and for the remainder of our members to attend virtually. The management team was extremely professional, ensuring the safety and comfort of our club members. They worked with us to continually improve the layout of the room and the overall function of the facility. They ensured the quality of the experience for both those in-person as well as those attending virtually was the best possible. I cannot say enough about the innovative approach this team took to making our members feel special during challenging times. Our members are eager to return to in-person meetings hosted by this team." - Penny Leckie, Rotary Club of Calgary at Stampede Park

Tattoo & Arts Festival

"The Calgary Tattoo & Arts Festival at BMO Centre at Stampede Park was the first convention in Canada since the pandemic began in March 2020. This event not only hosted over 200 tattoo artists and retail vendors, but over 5,000 guests attended over three days. The positive feedback from all involved in the event was astounding, the safety of our staff, vendors and guests was a top priority, and the procedures and protocols implemented by the BMO Centre at Stampede Park helped us not only produce a successful event, but a safe one that had no COVID-19 cases reported. All contact points from beginning to end of one's visit were considered, from daily temperature checks for all staff, artists and vendors, to contact tracing and contactless payment options at the box office, parking kiosk and concessions. The guest experience services were appreciated and helpful in directing the public and communicating with guests from the time they entered the park to arriving to our event." - Kevin Blackburn, Canwest Productions

NOEL Indoor Christmas Light Market

"Working with the BMO Centre at Stampede Park this year has been encouraging, professional and successful. They walked us through the extensive safety protocols they were initiating and were supportive and encouraging throughout the journey as we crated new ideas and alternative operation methods. They brought hope and practical optimism to a daunting and monumental task. Ultimately, the month-long event was very different, but simply achieving an event of such scale without any incident, health concerns, outbreaks or viral spread was the ultimate success. Having worked with many venues over the years, I am confident we would not have accomplished such with any other venue in North America." - Jonathan Houweling, Red Deer Events & Noel Christmas

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Hybrid Meeting & Event Studios

Calgary’s convention centers are equipped with hybrid event studios to take your event online. Hybrid event studios combine the power of safe in-person meetings with the wide audience reach that comes from virtual, allowing you to create a dynamic, interactive and professional experience for your delegates, no matter where they are joining from. Learn more about Calgary's virtual event experiences, and how to get creative in bringing the destination into your online event with our Hybrid Meetings Guide. 

 

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Our team is committed to supporting you in #TakingCare of business through every step of the meeting planning and delivery process in this new environment. To connect with someone about in-person or hybrid meeting opportunities, venues, safe site tours, health and safety measures for meetings and more, contact us.

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