Bring Your Conference Home

Posted on April 01, 2022 | Sponsored Content | 0 Comments

During the past two years, we all experienced eerily quiet moments on streets, shopping centres or other public areas that were normally bustling. As Fredericton and the rest of Atlantic Canada pull together to recover from the economic hardships presented by the pandemic, Fredericton Tourism and the Fredericton Convention Centre are making it easy for you to become an active participant through their Bring Your Conference Home initiative.

One national conference attendee creates approximately $324 of direct economic impact for each day they stay in Fredericton. A 3-day event with 400 delegates will create more than $388,000 of new investment, which benefits restaurants, boutiques, accommodations and more. Business owners rely on this much-needed addition to the income they make from local support.


Downtown Fredericton boasts numerous unique shopping experiences, in a walkable environment. The city has a thriving artisan culture. (Submitted Photo)


No matter your industry, you can contribute to the Bring Your Conference Home initiative simply by providing information about events in your industry or volunteer sector. Fill out the website form or send an email, and the Fredericton Convention Centre (FCC) and Fredericton Tourism team will take it from there.

The faces behind the Bring Your Conference Home initiative are Brenda Perrin, Business Development Manager for the Fredericton Convention Centre, and Karen Miller, Meetings & Conventions Specialist with Fredericton Tourism. Together they have the knowledge and expertise to evaluate the information you provide, and to work with the meeting planners to create a memorable experience in Fredericton.


Pictured are Karen Miller, Fredericton Tourism, and Brenda Perrin FCC, during a video shoot in summer 2020, as they adapted sponsorship events to a virtual format. (Submitted Photo)


Fredericton is perfectly suited to host meetings, conventions and sporting events with as many as 1500 attendees. The Fredericton Convention Centre offers 36,000 square feet of meeting space, and the downtown area is welcoming and walkable. With 500 bedrooms within 2km, and multiple venue options, Fredericton is an attractive meeting destination.

National delegates rave about the quality of our restaurants, and the experiences offered by off-site locations such as the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, the Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market, and the Taproom Trail anchored by Picaroons Roundhouse. There are several opportunities to offer delegates traditional maritime experiences such as lobster suppers, local music and art. The Wolastoq/Saint John River winds through the heart of the city and is enjoyable from many of the more than 180km of walking/biking trails.


Delegates from across Canada enjoy a taste of the east coast when visiting. (Submitted Photo)


Fredericton has enviable air lift capacity, and a great partner in the newly renovated Fredericton International Airport (YFC).

The impact made by events that are hosted at home is significant. The businesses and restaurants you enjoy visiting depend on the influx of meeting delegates to ensure they succeed and will be there when you want to visit or shop.


Fredericton International Airport, departures lounge. (Submitted Photo)


Your industry may not have an instantly recognizable connection to meetings and conventions or tourism. However, if quality of life is important in your recruitment and retention strategies, hospitality and tourism businesses contribute significantly to Fredericton’s sense of place and livability.


Fredericton Convention Centre, Ballroom / Theatre (Submitted Photo)


It’s time to work together to once again fill restaurants, attractions and boutiques with delegates from across the country and around the world. Bring Your Conference Home aims to make it easy for you. Take a moment to think about what meetings and events take place in your industry, and how you can be an active part of the economic recovery solution. All we need from you is a bit of information on the events, and before you know it you will be welcoming your colleagues to Fredericton.

Visit and drop Brenda and Karen a note or fill out the lead form! You will be glad you did.

— Patricia Donnelly

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