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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 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".


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