MONTREAL, May 13, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - After finishing first in North
America for hosting the most international association meetings in
2012, Montréal once again has claimed top honours. According to the 2013 Country and City rankings from the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), the city took first place for a second consecutive year, ahead of
other major urban centres, including Toronto, Vancouver, New York,
Boston, San Francisco, Washington D.C., San Diego, and Chicago.
This ranking is the result of the combined efforts of the Palais des congrès de Montréal, its Ambassadors, and Tourisme Montréal, as well as of the collaboration of numerous partners. Montréal's
leading position reflects its ability to meet the needs of large-scale
international associations with regards to infrastructure, hospitality,
As the city's main venue for large meetings, the Palais des congrès
attracts thousands of business travelers each year, confirming its
position as a leader in North America's tourism industry. For the
2013-14 annual period, more than 37,000 participants took part in
international meetings, generating over $82 million for Montréal and
the province of Québec. Overall, 71 international events were held in
Montréal in 2013.
"More excellent news for the city! Our destination has an undeniable
power of attraction, and the Palais des congrès possesses major
advantages that make it the ideal venue at which to hold larger
international meetings," says Raymond Larivée, CEO of the Société du
Palais des congrès. "The colossal work done not only by the Palais des
congrès and its Ambassadors, but also by Tourisme Montréal, local
hotels, Aéroports de Montréal, and other partners is paying off, and
our collective actions are generating results such as the ones revealed
"International meetings are of paramount importance for Montréal's
vitality, both economically and in terms of influence abroad. This top
spot in the ICCA ranking shows us Montréal's potential—a city that has
everything necessary to classify as one of the world's major business
centres," states Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme
Montréal. "We are delighted by these positive results, which inspire us
to work even harder, and in concert with our various partners, to
further attract international meetings to Montréal."
For the 2013-2014 fiscal year, the Palais des congrès welcomed a total
of 25 international meetings and 17 Canadian meetings, generating close to $161 million in economic spinoffs for the city.
 Including American meetings.
 Including Québec meetings.
About the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)
ICCA represents the main specialists in organizing, transporting and
accommodating international meetings and events. It comprises over 1000
member companies and organisations in 90 countries worldwide.
For more information, visit: www.iccaworld.com.
About the Palais des congrès de Montréal
The mission of the Palais des congrès de Montréal is to attract and host
conventions, exhibitions, conferences, meetings and other events. A
public institution with a commercial vocation, the Palais generates
major economic spinoffs for Québec and has contributed proudly for
nearly 30 years to sharing knowledge and enhancing Montréal's
international reputation as a first-rate destination.
For more information, visit: www.congresmtl.com.
About Tourisme Montréal
Tourisme Montréal is responsible for providing leadership in the
concerted efforts of hospitality and promotion in order to position the
"Montréal" destination on leisure and business travel markets. It is
also responsible for developing Montréal's tourism product in
accordance with the ever-changing conditions of the market.
For more information, visit www.tourisme-montreal.org.
SOURCE: Palais des congrès de Montréal
For further information:
Sources: Tourisme Montréal and Palais des congrès de Montréal
For further information:
Advisor, Communications and Public Affairs
Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal
Tel.: 514 871-5807
Manager - Corporate Public Relations
Tel.: 514 844-3558