Richmond, British Columbia, Canada is known for being a regional airport city because it is the home to Vancouver International Airport. But Richmond is also an affordable business travel destination for small and medium-sized meetings, conferences, incentives and other special events. With 4,500 guest rooms and 25 affordable brand named hotels, Richmond, Canada is positioning itself as an affordable business travel destination that’s easy to access and easy to plan everything from securing meeting space to planning unique team building activities.

Meeting and event planners will want to put Richmond into context as to what kind of theme or business travel programs may be held in Richmond. Beyond thinking of Richmond for airport meetings, Richmond’s history is steeped in fishing canneries, and is a launching point for whale watching tours. Both serve as great activities and themes for meetings and events. And its Asian community comprises the vast majority of the Region’s population and cultural focus.

Richmond offers a full range of cultural amenities and recreational parks – in fact, bike riding, hiking and outdoor fitness are popular activities in this suburban city that is sometimes seen as being in the shadow of Vancouver. An afternoon at Blossom Winery doesn’t hurt, either. There will be plenty of choices to include on a business travel agenda – before and after the official meetings.

With the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, Richmond has taken the opportunity to give itself a face lift – many of the hotels have been refurbishing, so it’s worth taking a look. Consider the following business travel hotels in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, on your list of possibilities:

  • Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel
  • Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel
  • River Rock Casino Resort
  • Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel

Richmond Tourism established an online portal to provide business meetings and events planners with a free online RFP tool helps meeting planners secure the resources needed to plan events.

Originally Published October 22, 2009