In 2016, 31 large-scale business events were held in Ottawa, with corporate events representing approximately 15% of the total.
The increase in Ottawa’s popularity for meetings follows significant investment in the destination and, in particular, the development of the city’s purpose-built convention centre, Shaw Centre, which is celebrating its sixth year in 2017.
Michael Crockatt, president and CEO of Ottawa Tourism, said: "We have been steadily building on our strong reputation for hosting outstanding large-scale international congresses in Ottawa and we are excited about this continued growth. Ottawa is firmly on the map when it comes to large events, whether association or corporate, and we have had the privilege of working with some amazing events over the last few years who have enjoyed extremely productive and popular events in our city."
Nina Kressler, president and CEO of Shaw Centre, added: "Shaw Centre has played a pivotal role in accommodating many of the large-scale events that have been attracted to our great city. Since we opened in 2011, our business events portfolio has grown tremendously and we are proud to be a part of such an amazing destination at this historic and exciting time.
"The investment in our city and facilities continues, which will be of significant benefit to the many business events that choose Ottawa."