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In the dynamic realm of modern business, hotels in British Columbia have embraced the evolving needs of corporate travelers with innovative approaches aimed at enhancing their experience.  This article delves into how the hospitality industry in British Columbia is redefining the concept of business travel, offering seamless connectivity, enriching cultural experiences, promoting wellness, and embracing sustainability.

Fitness centre at Hotel Grand Pacific

A distinguishing feature of accommodating the contemporary corporate guest is providing effortless connectivity and amenities that boost productivity.  For instance, establishments like the Element Vancouver Metrotown in Burnaby have fully embraced advanced technology, including smartphone-accessible keyless entry systems (a Marriott brand standard), high-speed Wi-Fi, and ample charging stations. These offerings ensure that business travelers can stay connected and efficiently throughout their visit, whether they’re working within their accommodations or in shared spaces.  Additionally, the hotel provides fully equipped kitchens, offers complimentary RISE breakfast and RELAX reception services, and amenities like an indoor saline pool and Motion, their 24-hour fitness room featuring Peloton bikes.

The Crest Hotel in Prince Rupert, owned by Gitxaała Enterprises Corporation, has catered to business travelers for over 60 years.  Situated in Northern BC, it offers stunning views of Prince Rupert Harbour, the Pacific Ocean, and Coast Mountain range.  Each room is business-ready with Wi-Fi and workstations.  The hotel provides various meeting spaces. Guests can relish the oceanfront dining and award-winning lounge experiences.  Outdoor hot tubs, exercise areas, and steam rooms offer relaxation.  With exceptional amenities and views the Crest Hotel is nestled in the beauty of Sm’algyax speaking Peoples’ traditional territory, The Crest Hotel ensures a memorable northern experience for business travelers.

Nestled in downtown Victoria, Hotel Grand Pacific continually evolves to enhance the business guest experiences by introducing a local culinary hotspot, Fathom.  Their in-house guests’ dining experiences are centered around healthy West Coast dishes, showcasing fresh, local ingredients inspired by the region’s rugged beauty.  From innovative seafood to reimagined classics, the restaurant promises a memorable culinary journey celebrating the best of the West Coast’s bounty.  Alongside upgrades that include a revamped pool and sauna, guests can also enjoy access to the Victoria Athletic Club and complimentary high-speed internet.  Conveniently situated near the business district and attractions, this hotel offers comfortable rooms with air conditioning and balconies to enjoy the ocean breezes.  These improvements cater to their evolving guest expectations for leisure and business stays alike.   The hotel demonstrates its commitment to surpassing expectations and environmental stewardship by collaborating with Veritree to uphold their biosphere pledge.

Swimming pool at Hotel Grand Pacific

Recognizing the importance of work-life balance, many hotels in British Columbia have curated specialized wellness programs and amenities to support the well-being of business travelers. The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver for example, offers a range of signature wellness initiatives, including guided meditation sessions and customized fitness classes in their Westin Wellness Studio. These offerings enable guests to rejuvenate both physically and mentally, enhancing their overall experience and productivity during their stay.

Furthermore, sustainability has become a key focus for hotels in British Columbia, catering to the growing demand for eco-conscious travel among business professionals. The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver has been recognized with a Green Key Global certification, underscoring its commitment to environmental stewardship. By implementing sustainable practices and initiatives, hotels not only minimize their environmental footprint but also appeal to environmentally conscious business travelers who prioritize sustainability in their travel choices.

In conclusion, hotels in British Columbia have embraced the challenge of catering to the evolving needs of the business traveler by offering a blend of cutting-edge amenities, enriching cultural experiences, wellness initiatives, and sustainability practices. Through these innovations, the hospitality industry in British Columbia is setting a new standard for excellence in corporate travel, redefining the landscape of business hospitality.

About the Author
Brent O’Connor is the Owner of Bed+Plate Sales Strategies and has expertise working with hotels on identifying areas of opportunity or improvement.

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