Bob Costas, Dick Ebersol, And The NBC Crew Give Pan Pacific An Olympic High-Five
During the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, the staff of NBC Sports and Olympics stayed at the Pan Pacific Vancouver.
NBC was the exclusive provider of Olympic coverage to the United States and required its entire team on hand.
Included were TV personalities: Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, Ann Curry, Al Roker, Natalie Morales and many more. The team could be seen coming and going between the hotel and the Vancouver Convention Center (the site of their studios throughout the Games).
While the NBC crew was frantically working around the clock, they had little time for leisure. However, on the last day of broadcasting, Bob Costas – NBC’s lead sportscaster had a chance to sneak away to spend some time with our staff before his departure home to the United States.
Bob was a gracious and thankful guest. He took photos, answered questions and offered his thanks to the city of Vancouver and the Pan Pacific as well:
The people of this city truly stood out to all us at NBC who had the chance to stay here for an extended period of time. Never have we seen such kind and respectful people who loved their country and wanted to share it with the rest of the visitors in town[…] even the people who recognized us in the city were very respectful and polite, so it was a real pleasure to be guests in your city.
And on the Pan Pacific:
The hotel really did an outstanding job of meeting our every need. We had our whole NBC staff on hand so there were several last minute changes and requests that were all met and exceeded by your people. Out of all the places we’ve stayed in the past, there was not one complaint about this hotel. We really enjoyed the experience and we’ll never forget how we were treated.
Dick Ebersol – Chairman of NBC Sports and Olympics
Also on hand was NBC Executive, Dick Ebersol. Mr Ebersol stayed at the Pan Pacific for 6 weeks, and personally wrote these kind words of gratitude to Pan Pacific General Manager, Tim Tindle.
As we all wind down an extraordinarily successful Olympics Games, please accept my personal thanks and appreciation on the hotel’s invaluable contribution to NBC’s experience in Vancouver.
Each and every Pan Pacific Associate has been efficient, courteous and friendly… yet never intrusive. Their timely, gracious and consistent service created the perfect environment for our hardworking production team, and allowed us to perform at the top of our game. For that, I am personally grateful.
We will miss it here and look forward to returning soon.
Check out the full letter here:
Over the 3 week span they were at the hotel, the Pan Pacific and NBC developed a very close relationship; with the Today Show even deciding to do alive segment with the hotel’s executive chef, Daryle Nagata.
In the end, it was a pleasure to welcome NBC into our hotel and city and we look forward to seeing them again in the future!