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TED Conference to be Held in Vancouver, Canada

The TED Conference is coming to Canada. In 2014, this massive meeting of global minds will take place in Vancouver, BC. Whistler, BC will host TEDActive concurrently.

The annual conference attracts some of the world's most influential people in business, the arts, sciences, academia and philanthropy. TED Talks—videos of talks given at the conference—are published at TED.com, where more than 1,400 of them have already been viewed over one billion times.

TED selected Vancouver for its 30th anniversary conference after surveying a number of possible cities. Chris Anderson, TED's Curator, called Vancouver "one of the world's greatest cities, combining a thriving culture of innovation with glorious nature." TED has committed to host its conference in this West Coast city in March 2014, with possible extensions. The conference attracts upwards of 1,300 delegates annually.

A consortium of tourism partners, led by the Canadian Tourism Commission, Tourism Vancouver and the Vancouver Convention Centre, supported by the Vancouver Hotel Destination Association, will welcome the conference to Vancouver. The city played host to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and was widely recognized for its beauty, the quality of its venues, hotels and infrastructure and its welcoming citizens.

The conference will be held at the LEED® Platinum-certified Vancouver Convention Centre, which is noted for its unconventional design, flexible function space, waterfront setting, and proximity to world-class hotels.

Meetings, conventions and incentive travel attract close to two million visitors each year to Canada with total spending of $1.7 billion—almost 24% of all money spent by inbound overnight travellers. Canada is the #1 location for outbound meetings business from the US, bringing in about $1.4 billion.

Pictured: The LEED® Platinum-certified Vancouver Convention Centre.