The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings will be held in Vancouver from November 18 to 26. And Meeting Professionals International (MPI) returns to Vancouver for its Professional Education Conference in January 1999. New developments in the province for the group market include: Whistler The 121-suite Pan Pacific Lodge, Whistler, opens in December at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.

Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, once separately owned, are now both owned by Intrawest, which will invest $35 million in development, including the creation of Creekside Village. Blackcomb has the longest ski season in North America.

Vancouver By the year 2000, 3,919 hotel suites and rooms will be added. They include the 229-suite Delta Vancouver Suite Hotel, opening in December; a 201-suite Westin Hotels property, opening in early 1999; and a four-star hotel at the airport terminal, scheduled for spring 1999.

A 250,000-square-foot expansion of the Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre has been proposed and is under serious consideration.

Victoria Additional ferry service and a new helicopter service--which is North America's first scheduled international helicopter service--between the cities of Victoria and Seattle help make British Columbia's capital even more accessible.

The Royal B.C. Museum is a popular venue for theme events for international groups. It will open a 450-seat theater in the spring of 1998.

The Victoria Centre for Sports and Entertainment, a multipurpose facility that will have meeting and banquet space, is scheduled to open in mid-1999.