TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) an exclusive global set of conferences organized by a private nonprofit promoting “ideas worth spreading,” announced Feb. 4 that it is leaving Long Beach and will move its annual West Coast conference to Vancouver, Canada, starting next year during its 30th anniversary.
TED staff said they are planning a “grand finale year” in Long Beach before moving to the new location in 2014. “While we have absolutely loved the past five years there [in Long Beach], we feel ready for a new adventure… and are thrilled to be able to go exploring in 2014,” said a statement on a TED blog post.
The event that drew celebrities and moguls of all types to Long Beach was considered one of the city’s largest conventions that brought over $1 million a year in direct economic impact to the City and drew about 6,500 room nights per year, according to Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau staff.
According to a statement from TED, the new location was chosen for several reasons, stating that Vancouver is “one of the world’s great cities, recognized for its livability, walkability, sustainability, innovation and stunning natural beauty.” Its new, state-of-the-art Vancouver Convention Centre is built on the harbor with views of water and mountains. TED staff said the center has a space in which TED can custom-design its own theater, adding that world-class hotels, restaurants and event spaces are “immediately next to the convention center.”
In addition, TED staff said the move preserves the conference’s West Coast roots, while making it more “global,” and the proximity of Whistler offers “a perfect setting for TEDActive,” which is being moved from Palm Springs.
“We thought hard about how to make the 30th-anniversary TED conference truly memorable, and the Vancouver region offers the perfect setting for us,” said TED curator Chris Anderson in a statement. “The city happens to be home to TED’s conference operations team, and going there is always an inspiration. It’s cosmopolitan, energetic, innovative, yet with unrivaled natural beauty… We’re predicting this will inspire creative thinking and dynamic ideas.”
TED will remain in Vancouver/Whistler for the 2014 and 2015 events, with the option to continue beyond those dates. TED conducted its first conferences in Monterey, Calif., from 1984 to 2008, then moved the event to Long Beach in 2009. TED2013 is to be held there later this month, with TEDActive simultaneously in Palm Springs. Anderson added that both Long Beach and Palm Springs “offer amazing facilities for conference and connection.”