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Vancouver's Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel stands even taller

New Enlarged and Enhanced Convention Facilities
Our editors had an opportunity to visit the new wing of the Sheraton Wall centre with some New York colleagues this summer and am looking forward to being there for the UBC Water Conference at which time we will provide more photos of this attractive area. We were there earlier this year with the World Air Cargo Conference, the management of which was very impressed with the hotel, as were our own U.S. guests.

The Sheraton Wall Centre was one of Air Highways first advertisers, and hosted Canada's 1st Air & Marine Tourism Conference, sponsored by Air Highways Magazine. Many regional airports participated, plus airlines, travel agents and members of Canada's tourism industry. Our magazine staff and friends in the industry welcome James Kaufman back as the hotel's General Manager, and wish him much success. The following profile is from our original article.

Famous Doors of Hospitality
Standing tall, like a proud sentinel on downtown Vancouver's highest point of land, the Sheraton Wall Centre commands attention. And that's not just because of its dominant size and unique shape; the Wall Centre complex is a total architectural package, designed to enhance the full city block it occupies, fronting on Burrard, Hornby, Nelson and Helmcken streets. Several of the huge trees that border the attractively landscaped area surrounding the hotel, are as old as the city of Vancouver itself.

From the website: The Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel knows how to service the movie production business and has an unflagging optimism for the future of the commercial and motion picture industry in British Columbia. Already a home away from home for many stars and movie executives who have chosen BC as the perfect place for production, the hotel has revamped many of its luxury suites high in the soaring South Tower into completely functional, totally commercial and movie tuned production offices. Continued
James Kaufman, General Manager, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel is on the Board of Tourism Vancouver

We aspire to being number one for quality" says Jim Kaufman, General Manager. "Vancouver's most upscale luxury hotel. " The property's third tower will provide up to 600 hotel rooms, and 30,000 sq. ft of conference area, allowing us to seat up to 1,200. The new tower designed for the northeast corner of the property will connect with the Pavilion Ballroom. It will be almost eye-shaped, curvaceous in design, following the curves of the present structure.

Last April, we staged our first annual "Air Highway Day", a Conference and Trade Show that focused on Air Tourism and Open Skies. We chose the Wall Centre for the event, which attracted airport authorities, airline officials, tourism offices, travel agents and tour operators from throughout British Columbia.

All were truly impressed by the venue, the broad tiled courtyard piazza, liveried doormen, lush greenery of 100-year old trees, ornate churches across the way - each adding a special touch of class.

The Pavilion Ballroom was impressive too; elevator and escalator ascending from street level, extra high ceilings, wide corridors decorated with works of art, wild, upbeat colors, and a great abundance of natural lighting.

Our photographer did a dance of joy! The guest rooms and suites were superb, as were the services, which included a superb, as were the services, which included a "Business Centre" with copier, fax machine, computers and presentation boards. After the show, there was an opportunity to refresh in the luxury health club, with its Olympic swimming pool, steam, sauna and twin Jacuzzis. As a trade show venue or delightful place to stay, the Sheraton Wall Centre is in a class by itself. The result? Our event drew raves from many sources, at senior government level and amongst the travel industry. We plan a repeat performance in 1997.

Primed for Vancouver's Entertainment Season
Speaking of performances, Vancouver is now enjoying a second tourist season, with Broadway style entertainment and big league sports. " The off-season is an expression we don't use any more", says Jim Kaufman. an enthusiastic supporter of Vancouver's Project TED' (The entertainment District), for which the hotel is ideally located. "We're a gateway to this new tourism bonanza - to Queen Elizabeth and Ford Theaters, Granville Streets Movie Row, General Motors Place and the Dome, with NBA Grizzlies basketball, BC Lions football and Vancouver Canucks hockey. The Wall Centre Garden Hotel is also in the business district, kitty corner to the Provincial Law Courts and offices. Two classic churches and St. Paul's Hospital face the hotel, and Robson Street, Vancouver's Rodeo Drive, is a block from the property." The Wall group of companies has a hospitality background of over 30 years, operating the Centennial Hotel, now a Ramada.

In total, the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver ranks with the best in the nation. As the concierge told us, "what the whole wall Centre complex is about is that we want to take Vancouver internationally, architecturally, and design wise into the next century. The building itself is something that makes you stop and look. It's meant to be inviting"

You are invited to the Sheraton Wall Centre, 1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC, Phone (6040 331-1000, toll free: 1-800-663-9255.