We want you to help us Bring Your Conference Home. Do you travel to a convention, annual meeting, professional development session or other gathering that is part of your industry? Or do you participate in a hobby or fraternal group that get together?
If you answered yes, we want to know more! If you tell us about the event you attend, we will determine if Fredericton could host the event. We will work with you to find out more, and encourage the event planner to choose Fredericton.
Meetings create economic activity throughout the city, with meeting planners and delegates investing in flights, accommodations, meals, taxis, entertainment and gifts to take home.
One delegate attending a national conference in Fredericton will leave behind, on average, $324 per day that he/she is in our City.
The result of this new, non-local money injected into Fredericton’s economy is substantial, and provides many reasons to be pleased that we have facilities such as the Fredericton Convention Centre, convention hotels, unique off-site venues and fantastic accommodations in Fredericton.
Meetings Matter – Bring Your Conference Home is a joint marketing initiative of Fredericton Tourism and the Fredericton Convention Centre. The mandate of the Fredericton Convention Centre (FCC) includes attracting new events to Fredericton that benefit the entire industry. Fredericton Tourism is focussed on building awareness of the fantastic history, culture and nature available to visitors to our city, and closing the sale on events large and small.
The leads for potential meetings that you provide will be investigated, and the most appropriate meeting venue in Fredericton will follow-up with the event planner. By providing leads via this program, you will directly contribute to the success of Fredericton Tourism and FCC in winning new events for our city.
We are seeking leads for meetings of all sizes, and we will ensure that the meeting planner is matched with the venue/facility best suited to host their event.
As CEO of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce, Krista Ross appreciates the positive impact the meetings and conventions industry has on a cross-section of businesses and chamber members. And when she saw the opportunity to bring her own conference home, she jumped on it!
Fredericton will welcome 350 delegates to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM and Convention on September 23 – 25, 2017, thanks to the teamwork between the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce and the Meetings Matter team. Together they wowed the Canadian Chamber of Commerce by demonstrating what a great choice Fredericton is for national events.
Dr. Bob Hatheway
In 2011 Dr. Bob Hatheway contacted Erin Blanchard, Director of Sales for the Fredericton Convention Centre, and offered to assist in bringing the Canadian Association of Orthodontists Annual Scientific Session & Trade Fair home to Fredericton. Dr. Bob previously served on the national board, and knew that Fredericton would be the perfect place for his colleagues to gather. Through his involvement, Fredericton Tourism and the Fredericton Convention Centre were given the opportunity to impress their meeting planner by showing just how great our city is. And now we will welcome more than 250 delegates and companions in September 2019!
Dr. Bob paved the way and Meetings Matter brought it home!
We take the lead
We are destination meeting planning specialists, and we know how to make your organization’s event a success. Every meeting and event is a little different, and all organizations have different needs. We will take the information from your lead, and follow-up with the meeting organizer. Don’t worry about how much time you have, or your experience in planning meetings; we have you covered!
Help on the ground
Some organizations require a local committee to take on certain aspects of event planning. We will work with you to create a successful team!
We also can facilitate support from the Fredericton International Airport and Air Canada to increase lift for large events, and have experience with local accommodations, off-site venues, décor providers and all the other touches that will make your event the best in the country.
Delegate Welcome Assistance
Fredericton Tourism provides welcome kits for each delegate arriving in Fredericton, and Downtown Fredericton will welcome your event with posters in business windows. These are a just a few of the small touches that make Fredericton a welcoming destination.