What are the advantages of hybrid events?
Face-to-face meetings will always create memorable experiences and drive business forward, however, the virtual component will now be more common as a fixed component in many programs.
Organizing a hybrid event means hosting your event in multiple locations, in a live event space (such as a conference room) with at a minimum the event team, AV supplier and a small number of attendees who gather in person, depending on the local restrictions. Hosting hybrid events in several cities across the country or internationally means multiple conference spaces booked in several cities where small groups of people are attending live. The virtual space is the “location” in which your virtual attendees will be watching and interacting.
The multi-hub concept has several benefits, specifically in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Delegates can choose to attend either online or at a local or regional event, reducing travel time – which has a financial impact for the organization as well as a positive sustainable impact on the planet. Whether hybrid events are a short-term solution or here to stay, they are part of the new reality for the business events industry.
Ottawa is the perfect place to host hybrid events
Ottawa has a great reputation as a tech city and will give you easy access to talented expert speakers and resources.
For those attending an event, our mid-sized, walkable city, which has an abundance of wide-open spaces and outdoor activities, is the perfect setting to set delegate minds at ease.
For virtual attendees, our local attractions have developed great options to virtually experience Canada’s capital region, through virtual tours, activities and performances.
How we can help
Ottawa Tourism can offer you easy access to our network of partners, who are used to working together. Our team will connect you with service providers that have virtual and hybrid events design expertise, and venues that can offer unique hybrid meeting spaces.
Discover Ottawa’s meeting services suppliers that are ready to help with technologies, on-site facilities, and services to make all types of meetings more productive and memorable.
Leverage your meetings with the Hybrid City Alliance
The Hybrid City Alliance offers organizers of international events a solution when organizing multiple city hub events. The destination partners in the alliance are ready to act as one point of contact to streamline and simplify the clients’ interaction with multiple cities regarding one event.
The members of the Hybrid City Alliance, though very different in their own right, have similarities that make them ideal partners. Conferences and meetings spread across the hubs will be aligned in terms of destination size, offering, speciality, welcome and feel.
The members of the alliance to date are:
- Antwerp Convention Bureau (Belgium)
- Cannes Convention Bureau (France)
- Costa Rica Convention Bureau (Costa Rica)
- Durban KwaZulu Natal Convention Bureau (South-Africa)
- Edmonton Meetings & Conventions (Canada)
- Fukuoka Convention & Visitors Bureau (Japan)
- Lausanne Montreux Congress (Switzerland)
- Liverpool Convention Bureau (United Kingdom)
- Geneva Convention Bureau (Switzerland)
- Prague Convention Bureau (Czech Republic)
- Quito Tourism Board (Ecuador)
- Seoul Convention Bureau (South-Korea)
- Sydney Convention Bureau (Australia)
- The Hague Convention Bureau (The Netherlands)
- Tourism Winnipeg (Canada)
- Zurich Convention Bureau (Switzerland)
We are happy to answer all your questions regarding your hybrid event and the Hybrid City Alliance. Get in touch!