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Do you attend meetings and conferences? Are you involved on a board or a committee? Do you volunteer or are you part of an association? Do you want to help your local London businesses by bringing your meetings home to London?
Every meeting or event creates work in the service industry, brings guests to our hotels and convention centre, visitors to restaurants, shops and attractions and supports our pandemic recovery. With minimal time commitment, you can make a big difference by helping us bring your group’s meeting or event to London, Ontario. Your assistance could also get you entered into our draw for $1000 Downtown Dollars!
Convention delegates spend approximately four times what other tourists do on a daily basis, injecting a large amount of new money into the local economy.
The average convention delegate spends approximately $341 per day on accommodations, transportation, food and beverage and shopping.
Tourism in London supported approximately 10,600 full year jobs within Ontario with nearly 8,300 of those employed in London
London hosted approximately 2.13 million overnight visitors (in 2019).
Overnight visitors to London spent $225.3 million in restaurants and $79 million in stores (in 2019).
In 2019, RBC Place London hosted more than 323 events, producing 107,120 delegate days, and resulting in a record economic impact of $18.4 million for London and the regions.
In short, Meetings & Conventions Tourism matters to the London economy!
If you want to help bring meetings back to London and support the local economy, getting started is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Our Tourism London Conventions Team will assist you every step of the way and help make it happen…
Think about what associations you belong to and what meetings or conventions you typically attend. Now picture having those meetings right in your own backyard of London!
Simply fill out this quick form that will also be your entry into our draw for $1000 Downtown Dollars (see form for qualification details & rules).
You're done! A member of our conventions team will be in contact with you to further discuss the potential of bringing your meeting home to London!
A vibrant, walkable and easy to navigate city centre, lush parklands and the Thames River gently flowing through the centre of town framed by beautiful bike-pathways and parks. It's a striking green-nature contrast to the economic and intellectual powerhouse of London, situated in the prosperous agricultural heartland of southwestern Ontario. Historic architecture, hip restaurants and unique attractions and venues all make London a desirable location for your next meeting or event.…show more
London's diverse economy with its strengths in industry sectors including, agri-food, advanced manufacturing, digital media, tech, professional services, and growing in health development. Our highly regarded academic and clinical medical research at Western University, are leading the way to advancing human health. Our researchers, scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs are recognized globally for their cutting-edge innovations and have made London a hub for attracting talent from across the various sectors of industry.
Conventions that meet in London give you access to the industry leaders, innovators and subject matter experts as speakers and panelists.
RBC Place London is a beautiful state-of-the-art convention facility that has hosted thousands of important conferences and events since 1993. It is located in the heart of downtown London's business and entertainment area, in proximity to the Thames River and just steps from major cultural attractions, shopping, dining and nightlife. It's an impressive, natural-light filled, column free flexible space, and internationally certified AIPC Gold Standard venue. It is directly connected to the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel.…show more
London's hotel community with over 3,500 rooms, includes international brands and locally-owned boutique hotels.
Tourism London's Convention team is focused on your success, with services, resources and people that respond to your needs. Conventions hosted in London regularly have record-breaking attendance. London's location can attract up to 6 million Canadians and within a two hour drive from Toronto and Detroit. This will make it more accessible to attract exhibitor participation, and sponsorship to your meeting. Our ideal location will allow you to draw in delegates from all over Ontario and the U.S. as well.…show more
London is an easily accessible destination. Ideally situated just a 2 hour drive from Toronto and Detroit. London is at the heart of access to potentially 6 million Canadians and a 2 hour commute from the business centre of Canada, Toronto. Fly to London International Airport with direct flights from some major Canadian cities. The airport is a 20 minute drive to downtown London business centre. VIA Rail's station is downtown and a comfortable 10 minute walk to the hotels and convention centre.…show more
Go behind the scenes to find out how Tourism London can help you bring a group to the city. Meeting planners appreciate the breadth and scope of our ability to have the right solution to a question or know who to go to get it. Providing clients with a level of care right from the start is a valuable part of the Tourism London experience.
Some organizations have a meeting planner on staff. Some don't. That's where these locally-based meeting planners shine. Cass Bayley, Holly Doty, Bobbi Hoffman and Shaina Turgeon all run their own meeting and event companies. Sometimes they assist groups coming into the city and sometimes they are hired to completely run an event from start to finish.
Heather Reid, a proud Londoner, can tell you all about what it's like to host a conference in London, Ontario. Get to know some of her planning tips and ideas for building a successful event in London.
A renaissance of renewal awaits those who venture to a familiar landmark of London's industrial past, at the multifaceted 100 Kellogg Lane. This former Kellogg cereal factory is slowly reinventing itself as a must-visit social destination for entertainment, culture, dining and events, with big future plans that include Canada's only Hard Rock Hotel.
Meetings bring in people from all over to our city and social events give attendees the chance to meet and connect outside of business, to explore the city and bond with fellow colleagues. Get to know some venues for great group experiences in London, Ontario.
As part of our Hometown Hosts series, we are looking at different segments of the meeting industry in the hope that you will bring the organizations that you belong to back to London and help aid in our city's economic recovery. But before we can meet and share a meal again, rest assured that local chefs have many protocols in place-from the kitchen to service delivery-to ensure a safe and delicious experience.
Thank you, Tourism London and the City of London for your tremendous efforts to make the National Conference on Ending Homelessness the success that it was. From the RFP process, through the planning and execution, this was one of our best projects in a quarter century of business. Our client, the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, considers this to be the most successful CAEH Conference to date. The attainment of CAEH's goals is in large part attributable to the involvement of the local community, especially those involved with the homeless. Having Tourism London at the table as a partner was also quite valuable. Overall there were more than 1,000 participants in the Conference and by all accounts the London Convention Centre (now renamed to RBC Place London) was and is an excellent facility to host an event of this nature. I look forward to our next opportunity to work together again.Phil Ecclestone
CAEH Conference Manager and President, Golden Planners Inc.
London is always on our radar, it's a fun city with lots of things to do, and it's really accessible with the 401 and a downtown train station location. The opportunity to work with Tourism London was just so positive, they were helpful in ways I didn't even realize. The individual attention our group received really told us that Tourism London wanted our event to be successful.Rozalyn Werner- Arcé
Executive Director Therapeutic Recreation Ontario
I've been a Conference Planner for more than 20 years and working with Tourism London for my event was an absolute pleasure. They organized our site inspection; flights, hotels and appointments with each of the venues we needed to see. We selected London and the service and support continued. They were a resource for choosing an off-site experience, speaker gifts local to London, and promoting our conference through social media. It was the most successful annual meeting the Association for Public Health Epidemiologists has ever held.Chuck E. Schouwerwou, CMP, CMM
President & Principal Meeting Planner ConferSense Planners Inc
Thank you for deciding to learn more about bringing your meeting home to London! Your help could result in a meaningful economic boost for our local London economy.
**In order to be entered into the draw for $1000 Downtown Dollars, you must have filled out the contact form and have had correspondence with Tourism London in regards to your form. If your assistance leads to booking a new meeting or event in London, your name will be entered into the draw for $1000 Downtown Dollars. Prize cannot be substituted for cash or any other substitution.
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