MONTREAL, May 17 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - For the previous quarter ending
March 31, 2011, the Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal has
confirmed it has secured two new international1 conventions and eight national2 conventions. These major events represent economic spinoffs for
Montréal estimated at nearly $22M. Secured primarily with the
cooperation of the Société's long-standing partner Tourisme Montréal,
the events will result in more than 15,446 room nights being booked in
hotels across the city. In terms of total event space confirmed, this
represents a rise of 115% over the same period in 2010, i.e. an
increase of 131% for conventions.
In terms of exhibitions, we confirmed a total of 22 consumer and trade
shows, hence twice as many as last year for the same quarter. These
events also helped triple the amount of event space rented compared to
the other periods, surpassing 7 million square feet.
Overall for the 2010-2011 period, we confirmed in excess of 397 events
for the coming years, representing a 24% increase over the previous
year. The convention market as a whole performed particularly well,
posting equally impressive growth.
Also, the Palais des congrès de Montréal ended its 2010-2011 financial
year on a record-breaking note, having hosted 350 events and nearly
632,000 participants in the process.
In terms of spinoffs for Montréal, nearly 207,000 room nights were
booked in the city's hotels. The events, which included 30 conventions,
generated over $225 million for the city's economy, and this is over
and above the intellectual spinoffs that resulted from the sharing of
knowledge and the involvement of our universities and other higher
learning institutions, our research centres and segments of excellence.
These figures clearly demonstrate that our efforts to reenergize our
commercial performance are bearing fruit.
"We had an exceptional year which further confirmed Montréal's standing
as a leading host city in North America for international events,"
explains Marc Tremblay, President and Chief Executive Officer of the
Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal. "The Palais' team and
partners will continue to work hard to offer the participants who will
be visiting us in the coming years an unparalleled experience."
Some of the noteworthy events hosted in 2010 include the following, all
confirmed in collaboration with members of the Palais' Ambassadors
2010 Rotary International Convention (Ambassadors: Susan Diening and
Michel Wong Kee Song)
18 000 participants and $36 573 989 in economic spinoffs
2010 Annual Meeting - Academy of Management (Ambassador: André Petit)
10 000 participants and $21 321 872 in economic spinoffs
13th World Congress on Pain (Ambassador: Dr. Fernando Cervero)
6 000 participants and $16 799 529 in economic spinoffs
21st World Energy Congress (Ambassadors: André Caillé, Richard Drouin and
3 500 participants and $16 631 506 in economic spinoffs
59th General Assemby of the International Federation of Medical Students'
(Ambassador: Alexandre Sigouin-Duquette)
700 participants and $1 805 969 in economic spinoffs
35th IOSCO Annual Conference (Ambassador: Jean St-Gelais)
1 000 participants and $2 963 529 in economic spinoffs
26th International Papillomavirus Conference (Ambassadors: Dr. Marc Steben
and Dr. François Coutlée)
1 800 participants and $4 944 892 in economic spinoffs
9th Civicus World Assembly (Ambassador: Michel Venne)
560 participants and $1 268 850 in economic spinoffs
IWA 7th World Water Congress (Ambassador: J. Peter Jones)
2 400 participants and $5 699 814 in economic spinoffs
6th International Congress of Pathophysiology (Ambassador: Dr. Sergei N.
500 participants and $1 172 900 in economic spinoffs
2010 World Congress of Personnel Management (Ambassador: Florent
2 500 participants and $4 882 834 in economic spinoffs
Year-to-date events confirmed for future years (April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011)
International and national conventions: 47
Estimated room nights: 138 607
Estimated economic spinoffs: $196 066 823
Results from conventions hosted (April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011)
International and national conventions: 30
Convention-related room nights evaluated at: 203 373
Convention-related economic spinoffs evaluated at: $173 070 501
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 over
27 years to sharing knowledge and enhancing Montréal's international
reputation as a first-rate destination. For more information on the
Palais des congrès de Montréal, visit our website at www.congresmtl.com.
About Tourisme Montréal
Tourisme Montréal is responsible for promoting Montréal's hospitality
industry by positioning the city as a premier business and leisure
travel destination. A private non-profit organization founded in 1919,
it has over 750 members from Montreal's tourism community. Tourisme
Montréal is Québec's oldest tourism organization and among North
America's earliest. For more information: www.tourisme-montreal.org.
1. Including U.S. conventions 2. Including Québec conventions
SOURCE Palais des congrès de Montréal
For further information:
| Source: || Chrystine Loriaux, Adm.A., B.A.A. |
Director, Marketing and Communications
Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal
Phone: 514 871-3108
| For information: || Amélie Asselin |
Advisor, Communications and Public Affairs
Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal
Phone: 514 871-5897
| || Pierre Bellerose |
Vice-President, Public Relations, Product Research & Development
Phone: 514 844-2404