May 04, 2015 - 2:00 PM
Opened in 1965, Penticton’s Peach Bowl Convention Centre was Canada’s first stand-alone convention centre. A bold vision for the then quaint waterfront city, home to 13,500 people, 50 years later the legacy of meetings and conventions continues. For five decades, the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre has welcomed millions of delegates and encouraged each to stay, play and experience all Penticton has to offer.
“Penticton has a rich history being a premier tourism destination, and the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre has been a key economic driver by creating year-round visitations by delegates and their families,” said Penticton Mayor Andrew Jakubeit. “Council of the day had great vision to invest in a tremendous facility for our community’s benefit. Fifty years is something we need to celebrate and be excited about.”
“As the caretakers of the convention centre, we’re very proud of the facility and the city’s past, present, and future vision,” noted Dean Clarke, General Manager and Regional Vice President. “For 50 years, the convention centre has generated millions of dollars in economic impact, transformed delegates into annual vacationers and permanent residents, and stimulated hundreds of jobs in the South Okanagan.”
To celebrate 50 extraordinary years of hosting, the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre is launching a national contest with an exciting prize, a golden trip to Penticton and Wine Country. The contest is sponsored by Air Canada, Tourism Penticton, Penticton and Wine Country tourism partners and the convention centre. Local partners contributing to the package include:
· Crooked Tree Bed & Breakfast Guest Suites
· The Coconut Express
· Kettle Valley Steam Railway
· The Hooded Merganser Bar, Grill and Marina
· Lang Vineyards
· Cannery Brewing
· SS Sicamous
· Freedom the Bike Shop
· Cherry Lane Shopping Centre
· LocoLanding Adventure Park
· The Bench Market
The national contest, open to residents of Canada, runs until December 31, 2015. One winner and a guest will win the ultimate Penticton experience, starting with award-winning flights aboard Air Canada and a three day and two night trip to Penticton and Wine Country in 2016.
To enter or for more information, please visit: pentictonconventioncentre.com.
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