Ottawa Tourism has launched Virtually Ottawa, an interactive experience which aims to inspire conference planners to consider Canada’s capital for their next meeting. This tool intends to bridge the gap while in-person site visits are not possible.
Viewers are virtually welcomed to the Shaw Centre, Ottawa’s main convention centre, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2021. They will have the opportunity to explore Ottawa’s landscape through the panoramic city tour from the Trillium Ballroom and tour the centre to discover locally inspired experiences, including:
- a mixology demonstration with Greg O’Brien from Bar from Afar demonstrating the art of making craft cocktails at home,
- a 15-minute break with Brittany Bryden, a yoga and movement teacher
- a visit to Create Kitchen with the Shaw Centre’s Chef Patrick Turcot as he shares the recipe for a decadent treat for the whole family.
Upon entering the Virtually Ottawa platform, meeting planners are greeted by a virtual member of the Ottawa Tourism sales team, who provides a virtual site visit of the city and its landmarks, as seen from the ballroom. Venues and attractions are tagged, allowing the viewer to be directed to the appropriate section of Ottawa Tourism’s website for more information.
The virtual space contains billboards with links to destination videos, a Meet the Team piece as well as information on Ottawa Tourism’s Convention Services.