Convention centre top new business of 2011

Scott Taylor, Ottawa Sun

Dubbed “Canada’s Meeting Place” when it opened in April, the Ottawa Convention Centre lived up to the hype with brisk business and positive word of mouth.

On Thursday, it was honoured as New Business of the Year by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC).

A release from the TIAC stated the reasons for the award:

“The facility, an iconic addition to Ottawa’s tourism infrastructure, opened on time and on budget on April 12, 2011 to launch a new and unprecedented era in the meetings and conventions sector in Canada’s Capital, with triple the space of the former Ottawa Congress Centre.”

The project took three years and about $160 million to complete.

It’s estimated it will bring $82 million in tourism and hospitality revenue each year into the city.