Vancouver Centre development will treble its capacity

Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre has been given the go- ahead for an expansion programme that will treble its size. The C$500m (£212m) development will increase exhibition, meeting and ballroom facilities to 47,870m2 from the current 12,400m2. Renovated facilities on the existing Canada Place site will be linked to a new development on Burrard Landing to create an integrated convention and exhibition centre. Work is expected to begin later this year for a 2008 completion. Funding is being provided by the national government, British Columbia and Tourism Vancouver.

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