The Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre
has been honoured with Tradeshow Week's Editor's Choice Award for
Best Web Site for an exhibition facility. The award was made from
amongst the more than 2800 web sites that make up the 2002 edition
of Tradeshow Week's Tradeshow Web Directory, a major international
publication focusing on the exhibition and tradeshow industry.
According to Tradeshow Week, "The awards recognize outstanding
achievement in the design of industry-related Web sites". The
VCEC's www.vanconex.com took
top honours in the Exhibition Facilities category; other winners
were the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau in the Convention
& Visitors Bureau category and MERO Structures in the Modular /
Portable Exhibits Category. According to the article that accompanied
the announcement, the Tradeshow Week evaluation team "judged
each site listed in the directory…. they evaluated the site's innovative
and professional approach, quality of information, ease of navigation,
and presentation and design."
In making the Award, Tradeshow Week commented that "Visitors
exploring the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre's Web site
will be visually attracted from the start. Once inside the site,
navigation through links is easy and to-the-point. The online floorplan
navigator provides site scouts with 360 degree views of every inch
of the facility. The site offers every room measurement available
to viewers looking for specifications….. the ability to download
service forms…. further enhance this site's ease of use."
VCEC General Manager Barbara Maple said that this award has particular
impact given the importance that web sites are assuming in the meetings,
conventions and exhibitions industry. "The Internet has essentially
transformed the industry in terms of giving clients who are widely
dispersed the opportunity to get a detailed look at facilities all
over the world. To us, it offers a way of not only presenting building
specifications and services in a very detailed and graphic manner,
but of conveying the ambience and excitement of our surroundings.
That's a great opportunity for a place like the VCEC that has not
only great facilities but a spectacular setting".