Press releases | 2021-03-31
2,500 young leaders coming together at the Palais des congrès de Montréal in 2024
The Palais des congrès de Montréal and Tourisme Montréal are proud to announce the city will be hosting the One Young World Summit in 2024. The international organization confirmed their decision during a virtual press conference today. This is a major event that will draw some 2,500 inspiring young people from all over the world and generate an estimated $4.4 million in tourism revenues along with 7,000 hotel room nights.
This news bodes well for the future of the convention industry, and young leaders converging on Montréal in the month of May will certainly contribute to the city’s trademark effervescence.
The global forum for tomorrow’s leaders
The One Young World Summit is an annual three-day event attended by thousands of promising young delegates from 190+ countries and all walks of professional life. It features a rich roster of inspiring conferences given by influential humanitarian, political and business leaders.
The purpose is to give delegates the means to maximize the social impact of their professional and personal initiatives, while also mentoring them on best sustainability practices. At the end of the Summit, these delegates become One Young World Ambassadors and access a global network that serves to accelerate and optimize their ventures.
A bid supported by Montréal’s youth leadership
Montréal entered the bid to host the One Young World Summit in 2019. At a kickoff meeting, the bid was embraced by a committee of 42 young leaders and youth representatives.
Impressed by the level of cooperation between the various entities of the city’s tourism ecosystem, One Young World shortlisted Montréal, along with San José, Belfast, São Paulo, Kigali, Dubai and Monterrey (Mexico). A charm offensive followed when representatives of the London-based organization visited the city.
The initial plan was to bid for the 2022 or 2023 Summit, but the pandemic pushed everything back one year. Ultimately, Montréal won the bid to host the 2024 One Young World Summit. The reasons for the choice included the standing and opportunities enjoyed by the city’s youth, the city’s reputation for diversity and inclusion, and its sustainability commitments. Belfast won the bid to host the 2023 edition.
“The One Young World Summit coming to the Palais is evidence that despite the impacts of the pandemic, Montréal remains a highly attractive host city for major events. The cooperation shown by the various stakeholders, the creativity of our offering, and the Montréal brand confirm we are primed for getting business back on track.”
– Luc Charbonneau, Director of Business Development and Strategic Alliances of the Palais des congrès de Montréal
“The outstanding cooperation between the city’s business community and Tourisme Montréal and the Palais des congrès was rewarded today with our winning the bid to host the 2024 One Young World Summit. Not only will the event generate major tourism benefits for the city, but it will also have a huge social impact for young Montréalers and the businesses that support our youth.”
– Yves Lalumière, CEO of Tourisme Montréal
“Belfast and Montréal are vibrant, youthful cities, and we’re really looking forward to hosting our next Summits in these important cultural hubs. The world has faced more than a year of incredible disruption, yet we have also seen inspirational moments of activism, strength and commitment. The young leaders of the world are well-placed to help lead us out of the crisis and into a brighter future.
Similarly, our next host cities Belfast and Montréal share a passion for attracting global talent and being committed to the acceleration of the kind of ambitious, innovative ideas that we will need.
As we look to the future of One Young World, we are thrilled to announce that Belfast and Montréal will be our next host cities"
– David Jones, Co-Founder of One Young World