Montréal is back on top as
the city having hosted the most international conventions in all of
North America, according to the Country and City 2016 rankings released
by the International Congress and Convention Association
(ICCA). Montréal finished ahead of destinations like Toronto, Vancouver
New York, Chicago and Washington with 76 events held at the Palais des
congrès de Montréal, the universities and the city’s hotels. These
events attracted nearly 37,000 business travelers and delegates to the
city – 21% more than the runner-up destination. The last time Montréal
finished atop the North American rankings was 2013.
“The excellent work
performed by the Palais des congrès and its Ambassadors, by Tourisme
Montréal and all the tourism and institutional partners, is generating
remarkable results, including a top spot in international rankings like
the ICCA’s,” indicated Raymond Larivée, President and CEO of the Palais
des congrès de Montréal.
“It’s easy to do business
in Montréal. There’s a synergy among the city partners, the quality of
the services offered by local experts is outstanding, as is the
opportunity to interact with influencers from various industry sectors,
not to mention the increase in number of flights, which makes the city
even more accessible. I would like to point out the excellent of
everyone involved,” said Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme
“I salute the collective
effort that continues to nurture Montréal’s international standing.
Business tourism is of capital importance for the city’s hospitality
community,” declared Eve Paré, President and CEO of the Hotels
Association of Greater Montreal.
Furthermore, once conventions
are confirmed, Montréal and the Palais have an outstanding track record
of meeting the needs and requirements of convention organizers and
delegates. In fact, in a poll conducted by the Ipsos research firm for
Tourisme Montréal, 95% of leisure and business tourists responded they
were satisfied with their experience during their stay in Montréal in
2016. Also, 97% of business tourists would recommend Montréal to work
colleagues and business contacts. “We provide an infrastructure that
meets the needs of major international associations, and we are proud of
our role in nurturing Montréal’s reputation as a premier destination,”
said Chrystine Loriaux, Director of Marketing and Communications at the
Palais des congrès.