The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is pleased to announce that the community has been selected to host the 2022 Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) Annual Convention in Whistler.
The annual UBCM Convention is the main forum for UBCM policy making and is attended by more than 2,000 delegates from local government, the provincial government, related associations, media and staff.
“In addition to the 2022 convention, we look forward to hosting B.C.’s community and provincial leaders September 10 – 14, 2018, and showing them our warm Whistler hospitality, as we have on several occasions in the past,” said Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden.
Conference business is an important part of Whistler’s economy, and conferences like UBCM bring significant visitors to the resort during non-peak periods. Attracting group and conference business is also one of the key strategies of the RMOW’s Economic Partnership Initiative, which is geared towards collaboration for Whistler’s continued economic success.
During the bid process, the RMOW worked closely with resort partners – Tourism Whistler, Whistler Blackcomb, the hotel sector and the activity operator sector – to understand and develop a plan to produce a successful conference and extraordinary experience for participants. As hosts, the RMOW is responsible for contracting and financing meeting facilities.
Whistler has hosted UBCM in 2002, 2010 and 2014 and has also secured the convention in 2018. The convention is held in Vancouver every second year and other communities bid to host in other years.
This year’s UBCM takes place September 25-29 in Vancouver. A Whistler delegation, including members of Council and senior staff, will meet with provincial ministers and staff, and participate in forums and workshops and engage in discussions with other municipalities. Whistler will also have the opportunity to vote on the slate of UBCM resolutions.
“With the new provincial government in place, this year’s convention comes at a key point in time to get to know the new leaders and ministers, and discuss important files for our community and the Province,” added the Mayor.