President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal, Charles Lapointe, first recipient of the Prix Grand Ambassadeur, awarded by the Palais des congrès de Montréal



    MONTREAL, March 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The Ambassadors' Club of the Palais des
congrès de Montréal yesterday presented the Prix Grand Ambassadeur to the
President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal, Charles Lapointe, who becomes the
first recipient of this award. This honour, which recognizes the excellent
work of an Ambassador in promoting Montréal as a convention city, was given to
him during the Recognition Award Gala, an evening celebrating the
25th anniversary of the Palais des congrès de Montréal.
    "On behalf of Tourisme Montréal, I am extremely proud and touched to
receive this prestigious award," said Mr. Lapointe. "This is the result of a
close collaboration with talented partners whose sustained efforts have
elevated Montréal to one of the most desirable convention destinations among
business people from all backgrounds. I would like to express my sincere
gratitude to the Palais des congrès de Montréal, not only for the great honour
that I am receiving today, but also for its invaluable cooperation, which has
enabled Montréal to become a meeting hub that is admired and known throughout
the world. Lastly, I would like to mention the excellent work of the entire
Tourisme Montréal team, whose dedication has allowed Montréal to place second
among North American cities in the number of international conventions held."
    "A devoted champion of the city, driven by the desire to enhance the
Montréal experience for visitors, Charles Lapointe is a distinguished partner
with whom the Palais enjoys a productive association. His efforts and
dedication have clearly contributed to positioning Montréal as a premier
international destination, " said Mr. Paul Saint-Jacques, President and CEO of
the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

    Since its founding in 1985, the Ambassadors' Club of the Palais des
congrès has welcomed over 200 public figures, named Ambassadors by
Appointment, who were instrumental in bringing a world-class event to the
Palais des congrès de Montréal. The expertise of these Ambassadors by
Appointment contributes greatly to increasing awareness about the Palais,
particularly among convention organizers, as well as enhancing Montréal's
reputation on the international conference scene.

    Tourisme Montréal is responsible for providing leadership in the
concerted efforts of hospitality and promotion in order to position the
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 further information:

For further information: Pierre Bellerose, Vice President, Public
Relations, Product Research and Development, Tourisme Montréal, (514)
844-2404, bellerose.pierre@tourisme-montreal.org


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