10,000 people expected at Palais des congrès for 20th Americana trade show

MONTRÉAL, March 18, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - The 20th Americana trade show and conference is in full swing until tomorrow at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. "We are pleased to be hosting over 10,000 people and 350 exhibitors for this major event, which will generate more than $1.5 million for the Montréal and Québec economy, namely thanks to the nearly 3,000 room nights booked in hotels across the city," indicated Raymond Larivée, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

North America's largest multi-sector environmental gathering, each year Americana draws thousands of professionals and experts from 50 countries for 200 hours of speaker presentations and a big trade show. Americana is marking its 20th anniversary with an Innovation Corner, plus renowned speakers such as ministers Christine St-Pierre and David Heurtel, and adventurer Frédéric Dion.

Since it opened in 1983, the Palais des congrès de Montréal has hosted over 6,200 events and visitors who have booked 4.7 million room nights in hotels across the city. The Palais' operations have therefore generated $5.3 billion in economic benefits, thus making a significant impact on the province's economy. Tourism activity is an essential economic driver for Québec, creating added value in more than 180 sectors and generating 365,000 direct jobs3.

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 benefits for Québec and has contributed proudly for over 30 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 congresmtl.com.

3 2012-2020 tourism industry development plan


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: 514 871-3104; For information: Amélie Asselin, Advisor, Communications and Public Affairs, Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal, amelie.asselin@congresmtl.com, Phone: 514 871-5897

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