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Relationship building is the key to long term success
Relationship building is the key to long term success
July 9
The Same But Different – Ottawa’s European showcase highlights key factors in organizing a networking event that will truly deliver a return on investment. Ottawa is well known for its friendliness and welcoming attitude, it is one of the key reasons why it is so successful when it comes to hosting major events and congresses, particularly amongst membership organisations and associations.  This summer Ottawa Tourism decided to make the most…
Ottawa’s new storytelling brand essence: Canada in One City
Ottawa’s new storytelling brand essence: Canada in One City
June 14
What gives a city its true identity? The capital of Canada is a complex blend of ingredients, such as geography, economy, culture, history, climate and people. As it reaches one million residents this June, Ottawa marks the event by launching a new storytelling initiative based on Ottawa’s Place DNA™: Canada in One City. Enhancing Ottawa’s reputation The goal of the Place DNA™ initiative is to enhance Ottawa’s reputation by sharing…
Start-ups flourish in Ottawa
Start-ups flourish in Ottawa
June 10
With 31.5 percent of its population holding a university degree, Canada’s capital  has more engineers, scientists and PhDs than any other Canadian city. Ottawa is not only a smart city, but it’s also a successful business champion; in the past five years, it has raised more money on public markets than the rest of the country’s cities combined. Therefore, it’s not surprising that Ottawa became an incubator and one of the hottest and most diverse…
Ottawa supports local champions to put conventions on an international...
Ottawa supports local champions to put conventions on an international...
May 27
More than 1,900 technology companies and 400 associations are located in Ottawa. Hosting an international conference at home creates the opportunity to make a significant contribution to their industry, share their knowledge on the global stage, and broaden their networks for increased impact. In 2018, Ottawa hosted 16 international events, representing over 6,000 hotel room nights, which in turn create a positive economic impact for Ottawa.  To increase these numbers,…
Ottawa City Rafting: The ultimate summer group activity
Ottawa City Rafting: The ultimate summer group activity
May 22
Looking for a unique Ottawa group activity for your summer convention or meeting in Ottawa? Ottawa City Rafting has it! Ottawa City Rafting is operated by veteran outdoor adventure company Wilderness Tours and offers Ottawa’s only urban whitewater rafting experience. This means that Ottawa is one of the only cities in the world where you can raft through the downtown core. Located at just a 10 to 15-minute drive west…
Stay Cozy: Unique Indoor Team-Building Activities in Ottawa
Stay Cozy: Unique Indoor Team-Building Activities in Ottawa
November 28
Bringing the team to Ottawa for a meeting or a conference this winter season? Or maybe, you’re just looking to bring your team closer together with an interesting activity? We can help with that. In addition to being home to important cultural attractions and national museums, Ottawa is also where you’ll find unique, indoor team-building activities that are perfect for the coming winter months. From axe throwing – yes, we’re…
Ottawa Attracts Top Tech Talent
Ottawa Attracts Top Tech Talent
October 17
Ottawa continues to attract the wandering eye of some top tech talent out of the United States. According to new data released by job search website Indeed tech workers are clicking more and more on Canadian job links – specifically, jobs in Ottawa. “Ottawa is the most appealing metro area for U.S. tech-job seekers,” revealed the study. Canada has inched its way into the tech spotlight by attracting investments for…
Ottawa Tourism Sees Significant Increase in Large Business Events in...
Ottawa Tourism Sees Significant Increase in Large Business Events in...
May 4
While Canada’s Capital is celebrating the country’s 150th anniversary of Confederation all year long in 2017, Ottawa Tourism is celebrating a substantial increase of large-scale business events being held in the city this year. As of January 2017, 45 large-scale business events—which count over 500 delegates each—were confirmed to take place in Ottawa in 2017. This is an increase of more than 45% when compared with the same category of…
Discover the New Andaz ByWard Market Hotel
Discover the New Andaz ByWard Market Hotel
September 19
If you’re looking for a relaxing place where you can unwind and take in fantastic views of Ottawa at the same time, look no further than the new Hyatt Andaz Ottawa ByWard Market hotel. Officially opened on Aug. 22, 2016, the Andaz is a luxury hotel, offering a simple and modern décor. But what sets this hotel apart from other Ottawa establishments are the spectacular views it offers of Ottawa…
5 Don’t Miss Culinary Gems in Ottawa
5 Don’t Miss Culinary Gems in Ottawa
July 26
As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa is home to seven national museums as well as important landmarks such as Parliament Hill. But did you know that the city is also home to a vibrant and constantly evolving culinary scene?In Ottawa for a meeting or a conference? Discover five of the city’s culinary gems that are perfect after a long work day or for a quick snack on the go. Regardless of the…
ALT Hotel: Ottawa’s Newest Space
ALT Hotel: Ottawa’s Newest Space
April 28
ALT Hotel, which opened just this month, is Ottawa’s newest hotel and meeting venue. Owned and operated by Le Groupe Germain Hotels, the new Ottawa ALT is located at 185 Slater St. in the city’s downtown core, in close proximity to the iconic Parliament Hill, among other attractions. If simplicity and a hip, modern atmosphere are what you’re after, ALT’s got it. The ALT hotels can be found across Canada…
Diefenbunker: Ottawa’s Newest Group Escape Experience!
Diefenbunker: Ottawa’s Newest Group Escape Experience!
February 23
Escape Manor and the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum will launch the world’s largest escape room on March 9, 2016. According to Steve Wilson, part-owner and Key Master at Escape Room, the idea for Ottawa’s newest escape attraction, which will be located in Carp, Ont., came from the Diefenbunker itself. In an interview with Ottawa Tourism, Wilson said the Diefenbunker reached out to Escape Manor, suggesting to convert the national…
A Guide to Ottawa For Meeting/Conference Attendees!
A Guide to Ottawa For Meeting/Conference Attendees!
February 3
So you’re coming to Ottawa for a meeting/conference? Great! As Canada’s Capital, this is a wonderful place to visit at any time of the year. From charming festivals, to award-winning restaurants, to seven national museums and the famous Rideau Canal – Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site – you’re sure to be entertained. But what else do you need to know? We’ve put together some useful information to help you…
Unique Ottawa Event Venues You Can Rent
Unique Ottawa Event Venues You Can Rent
January 15
As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa is full of unique buildings and event spaces that you won’t find anywhere else in the country. From one-of-a-kind national museums that all offer their own unique mood and setting, to smaller, quaint venues located just outside of the downtown core, Ottawa has a location that will make your event memorable at any time of the year. Discover a few of the city’s unique event venues…
Get the team together and bond in Ottawa!
Get the team together and bond in Ottawa!
December 18
As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa offers lots to see and do at any time of the year. From national museums that house some of Canada’s most priceless treasures, to the iconic Parliament Hill, to important national historic sites such as the Rideau Canal, you won’t be at a loss on how to spend your time in this beautiful city. But did you know that Ottawa is also a fantastic destination to…