B.C.’s new airport terminal is packed with tourists and locals who are taking in the sights, smells and sounds.
It’s the hub of Vancouver’s social media world and a haven for the citys most-visited businesses.
“You’ll hear the news, the news of the day and you’ll hear people say things like ‘I’ve seen the movie’ or ‘I saw the band playing’,” said Ben Miller, the president of the Vancouver Tourism Board.
Miller says he was the first person to go into the terminal during the construction.
“I was really blown away by how empty it was,” he said.
“We’re still in the early days of it, but there’s a lot of activity going on right now.”
Visitors come from all over the world to the city, but Miller says the most popular activity for tourists is the airport’s barbeque.
“The first thing they’re doing is going to their car and they’re going to the barbeques.
So it’s a very, very special day for us,” he explained.
Miller is also a member of the International Business Alliance, a local business group.
“In the first year we had 15 businesses that came in to show support for the project,” he noted.
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said the airport is one of many new developments that will be happening at the new terminal, which is expected to open in 2019.
“I think that’s really what people are talking about.
The new terminal is going be a real game changer in Vancouver and in Canada,” he told CBC News.
The new terminal will be the second busiest terminal in the country and is expected bring in $3 billion in revenues.
The terminal’s first floor is a lounge area, a large conference room and two restaurants.
The second floor will feature a conference room with an entertainment system and two bars.
It will also feature a restaurant with a large menu, and will open by the end of 2019.
The citys biggest hotel is also opening its first new location in the airport.
The Hilton Vancouver Hotel, which will house the Hilton Vancouver in the terminal, is the second new hotel in the city to open.
The city has been working with the hotel on a renovation of the terminal since 2015.
“The Hilton has been so good about providing a tremendous service and making sure that the people that we have here are well taken care of and are very excited to come to Vancouver,” said Mayor Robertson.