SIGGRAPH 2018 conference to contribute an estimated $37.1 million in direct spending to the local economy

August 9, 2018 (Vancouver, BC) – It will be hard to miss the influx of thousands of convention visitors next week across downtown Vancouver and the city as the Vancouver Convention Centre and Tourism Vancouver welcome back the best and brightest from across the globe in the computer graphics and digital effects community.

The largest convention hosted at the Convention Centre to date, SIGGRAPH 2018, the annual conference of the Association of Computer Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH), returns to Vancouver for the third time from August 12 to 16. SIGGRAPH is recognized as the world’s leading annual interdisciplinary educational experience focusing on research, science, art, animation, technology, gaming, interactivity, education and the web.

SIGGRAPH was last held in Vancouver in August 2014, and brought over 14,000 artists, research scientists, gaming experts and developers, filmmakers, students and academics from 75 countries. The conference was first held in Vancouver in 2011, which marked the first time the annual event was hosted outside of the United States.

SIGGRAPH 2018 is expected to draw similar attendance from approximately 80 countries and generate an estimated $37.1 million in direct spending to the local economy. It is also an extraordinary opportunity to showcase the expertise and innovation of the local graphics industry to a global audience.

The general public is invited to experience SIGGRAPH with a complimentary Exhibits Only pass (using code VTB2018 when registering online). The Exhibition opens on August 14, featuring the latest technologies and innovations.


Roy C. Anthony, 2018 SIGGRAPH Conference Chair

“We are delighted to be returning to Vancouver for SIGGRAPH 2018! There are 60-plus world-class VFX and animation studios in Vancouver, more than 20,000 film and TV jobs, and more than 8,000 VFX and animation artists working within the city limits. Vancouver’s rich, production-centric communities are leading the way in film and VFX production for television and movies, all while the city also creates and develops new media content, games, and new workflows, including those for AR, VR, and mixed reality. All of these attributes make Vancouver one of the most appropriate places in the world to host our SIGGRAPH conference.”

Craig Lehto, General Manager, Vancouver Convention Centre

“We are excited and proud to welcome SIGGRAPH back to our venue and city. For a convention that took decades to bring to Vancouver for the first time, our collective ability with Tourism Vancouver and hospitality and industry partners to entice them back for the third time in seven years speaks volumes – about our facility, our city, the hospitality industry and the strength of the local computer graphics and digital effects community.”

Ty Speer, Tourism Vancouver President and CEO

“Tourism Vancouver, as well as our entire hospitality and tech industries, are incredibly proud to provide the backdrop for the thousands of business and social connections that will take place during another incredible SIGGRAPH conference. We look forward to welcoming SIGGRAPH back in future years.”

Colin Giles, Head of Program, VFS School of Animation & VFX

“VFS benefits from being able to interface with top talent, leaders and influencers in our industry. Students of The School of Animation and School of Creative Technologies will benefit by having access to new technologies and developments right here at their doorstep. It's an amazing opportunity for our international student body as well.”

Mario Pochat, CEO, Vancouver Animation School

“Vancouver has established itself as a destination for Digital Art & Technology. As soon as our partners and students throughout the world are informed that SIGGRAPH will be held in Vancouver, they get excited and start contacting us with plans to visit us at SIGGRAPH.”


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About the Vancouver Convention Centre
The Vancouver Convention Centre is the world’s first double LEED Platinum certified convention centre. Located on Vancouver’s downtown waterfront with a dramatic mountain backdrop, the facility offers one of the most beautiful settings in the world. The award-winning Convention Centre features two connected buildings with a combined total of 466,500 ft2 (43,340 m2) of flexible meeting, exhibition, ballroom and plenary space. The facility is committed to environmental sustainability as well as unparalleled service, technology offerings and culinary excellence.

About Tourism Vancouver
Tourism Vancouver is the official destination marketing organization for Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The not-for-profit, member-based organization represents over 1,000 tourism businesses in Metro Vancouver and beyond. Tourism Vancouver markets Vancouver as a premier leisure, business, meetings and group travel destination in strategic markets around the world.


ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources, and address the field's challenges. ACM SIGGRAPH is a special interest group within ACM that serves as an interdisciplinary community for members in research, technology, and applications in computer graphics and interactive techniques. SIGGRAPH is the world’s leading annual interdisciplinary educational experience showcasing the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques. SIGGRAPH 2018, marking the 45th annual conference hosted by ACM SIGGRAPH, will take place from 12–16 August at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, B.C.