Shaw Centre attracted over 59,000 out-of-town visitors during the 2018-2019 fiscal operating year, beginning April 1, that boosted Ottawa’s economy by $141 million in 2018-2019.
The Centre hosted 44 events in which the majority of the participants came from outside of the Ottawa-Gatineau area.
These conventions and tradeshows attracted 32,000 delegates and attendees from outside Ottawa, over 7,000 staff members that represented more than 1,800 non-local exhibitors. These events also generated tax revenues for the federal and provincial reserves estimated at more than $30 million.
“Following the success of Canada’s Sesquicentennial celebrations in 2017, the Ottawa Convention Centre, along with many of our industry stakeholders, felt a significant “post-party letdown” may occur in subsequent years,” said OCC President and CEO Nina Kressler. “While 2017/2018 was our most profitable year, 2018/2019 did not disappoint. We experienced significant short-term business increases in all market segments.”
The newly re-built Shaw Centre opened in April 2011. Being a G8 capital, Ottawa needed a new convention centre that could accommodate large scale events. The centre is a ‘stay-at-home export’ as it attracts business to our nation’s capital that would otherwise go elsewhere. The aggressive marketing outreach in the global marketplace that has taken place over the past few years in partnership with local hotels and Ottawa Tourism has paid off. This is evidenced by the 1,213 jobs (direct, indirect, and induced) that are supported solely by the convention business accommodated by the Shaw Centre in the eighth year of operation and the $141 million estimated in economic impact to the city of Ottawa.
The $141 million in direct spending includes:
The 2018 – 2019 fiscal year in review
Major industries affected:
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