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What to Know Before You Go: Toronto & WEC

Kaitlyn Tatulli |

wec19-logo_blueWEC 2019, MPI’s World Education Congress, will take place next month in downtown Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. This year’s WEC will focus on teaching meeting and event professionals how to create shared experiences during events that help attendees facilitate meaningful connections and powerful business relations. With WEC onsite registration beginning Friday, June 14thfrom 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM, attendees will have time to explore the city of Toronto.

We have curated a list of the top three things to know before heading to WEC and the top three things to do in the city, so you ensure you don’t miss a beat.

 

Three Things to Know Before You Go to the WEC Conference:

1. Location

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) is located in the heart of Toronto, walking distance from some of the city’s most popular attractions, like CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium, Art Gallery of Ontario, and Scotibank Area. In addition, MTCC is only a 20-minute drive from the Toronto Pearson International Airport.

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2. Accommodations

WEC has seven partnership hotels with discounted rates starting at $239 a night. But, if you’re looking for the most coinvent hotel, then the Delta Toronto Hotel is for you. Connected to the MTCC, the four-star, waterfront Delta not only offers WEC attendees convivence, but also a restaurant, rooftop bar, whiskey bar, indoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, and more.

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3. Sessions

As part of WEC’s conference focus for 2019, creating shared experiences, WEC if offering many interesting sessions on how planners can transform their audiences’ experiences at your meetings or events. Some of the highlighted sessions include Vinh Giang’s “Inspiring People in Extraordinary Ways” and “Dear World” by Fresh Johnson and Robert X Fogarty. You can check out WEC’s attendee agenda for more details.

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Photo Credit: Mpiweb

 

Top Three Things to Know Before You Go to Toronto, Canada:

Toronto, Canada’s downtown, is home to top-rated restaurants, live music, museums, iconic architecture, and more. With so much to see, we’ve gathered a list of the top three must-do things in-between WEC sessions.

1. St. Lawrence Market

Looking to explore the food scene in Toronto? Then the St. Lawrence Market is a must! The Market is divided into three buildings: the South Market, the North Market, and St. Lawrence Hall. The South Market features over 120 food vendors that sell fresh, local foods like meat, fish, baked goods, fruit, and more. On Saturday’s the North Market is used as a Farmers’ Market and on Sunday is used to house over 80 antique vendors. In addition, St. Lawrence Hall features retail businesses, office space, and venue space on the third floor.

St Lawrence Market

Photo Credit: St. Lawrence Market

2. Toronto Islands

If you’re looking for an escape from the WEC and the city, then the Toronto Islands are for you! Only a 13-minute ferry ride from Toronto’s downtown, the Toronto Islands offer visitors beaches, restaurants, bike rentals, an amusement park, and more. With so much to do, no wonder why the Toronto Islands are rated the top thing to do in the city.

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Photo Credit: Toronto Island

3. CN Tower

Check off one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, by visiting the CN Tower while in Toronto. Located walking distance from the WEC, the CN Tower features five ways to enjoy the city views. If you’re feeling adventurous, you should sign up for the Edge Walk, where visitors can walk the top of the Tower (while attached to a safety rail). Tickets for all the viewings can be purchased online and cost $28.20 for adults, $20.40 for children 4-12, and free for those under 4 years old.

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Are you heading to the AEP conference this June? Did we miss any other things to know before you go to Toronto or the WEC? Let us know by commenting below!

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This Post was Written by Kaitlyn Tatulli

Kaitlyn Tatulli is a graduate from Fairfield University with majors in Digital Journalism and Psychology and minors in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Computer Science. Currently, she is receiving her MFA from Fairfield University. Kaitlyn...

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