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New Must-See Meeting Spaces in Halifax

By on May 9, 2014

Halifax continues to grow as a premier destination for meetings and conventions. Between 2014 and 2015, Halifax will open a new convention centre, two new hotels and a central library offering new meeting space. Halifax will also offer a host of new transportation and activity offerings for meeting planners.

The Halifax Convention Centre is a brand new multi-level structure opening in the heart of downtown Halifax at the end of 2015. With approximately 120,000 square feet of meeting space, a 30,000+ square-foot ballroom overlooking the city and 40,000 feet of exhibit space, the Convention Centre is a one-stop shop for meeting planners. The Convention Centre is part of The Nova Centre, which will contain a hotel, retail, parking and natural gathering space.

Two new downtown hotel properties, Hampton Inn by Hilton and Homewood Suites by Hilton, will open Spring of 2014, expanding the inventory of hotel rooms in Halifax Regional Municipality to upwards of 6,000 rooms.

The Halifax Central Library is aiming to open in April or May of 2014, on Spring Garden Rd. The library will have private bookable meeting rooms, with capacity ranging from 4 to 100. There will be a performance area, Paul O’Regan Hall, with a capacity of 250. It will be available for rental outside of library hours and will have a separate entrance.

New transportation and activity options will expand the breadth of meeting and convention offerings in Halifax.

  • Nova Star Cruises will launch a Yarmouth, Nova Scotia to Portland, Maine ferry service on May 1, 2014. The sailing season will run May 1—October 31 with daily, round-trip service within 24 hours between the two ports.
  • Two new wineries will open in Nova Scotia wine country in 2014. Planters Ridge and Rines Creek wineries will be the newest additions to one of Canada’s fastest growing wine regions.
  • Halifax Museum of Natural History will open a new, permanent exhibit dedicated to Sable Island, Nova Scotia’s enigmatic sand bar where wild horses roam.
  • The Discovery Centre will move to its waterfront location near the Halifax Seaport Market in 2015.
  • 3 Halifax properties are investing in renovations, Atlantica Hotel, Prince George Hotel and Delta Halifax.

New Air Access is helping to strengthen Halifax’s connections to the world.

  • Europe Airpost now offers seasonal flights connecting Halifax to Glasgow and Paris.
  • Canadian North Airlines will introduce a weekly seasonal non-stop service from Halifax to Iqaluit, beginning on June 20, 2014.

Halifax continues to grow their meeting and convention offerings, with upwards of 6,000 hotel rooms and over 500 meeting spaces. The World Trade and Convention Centre (WTCC) currently has the largest room capacity, fitting 1,800 people with 47,000 square feet. Dalhousie University, Saint Mary’s University and the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront also offer a significant number of meeting rooms.

If you are interested in bringing an event, meeting, conference or convention to Halifax, Nova Scotia please contact Michele Bourgeois at Destination Halifax mbourgeois@destinationhalifax.com.

 

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