Montréal will host the 16th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections from February 8 to 11, 2009

    MONTREAL, Feb. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Montréal will host the 16th Conference on
Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections at the Palais des congrès from
February 8 to 11.
    More than 4,150 attending scientists and clinicians will spend four days
taking part in the numerous presentations, workshops and discussions featured
on the conference program. The mission of this 16th conference is to provide a
forum for scientists and clinicians to present, discuss, and critique their
investigations into the biology and epidemiology of human retroviruses and the
diseases they produce.
    "We are extremely proud to host a convention of this stature in
Montréal," says Charles Lapointe, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal. "All
the more so, since, in hosting this 16th edition, Montréal joins many other
major cities, including Boston, Los Angeles and Denver, who have already
welcomed this event. Montréal is reputed within the scientific community as a
leader in the life sciences and hosting these thousands of delegates is proof
that our city is one of the industry's most sought-out North American
destinations. Both the Montréal tourism industry and the municipality are very
happy to be hosting this event not only because it gives a boost to our low
season, but also because it is expected to generate economic spin-offs of
close to $6.3 million," adds Mr. Lapointe.
    Montréal ranks first in Canada and second in North America for hosting
international meetings. Business tourism generates between 35 to 40% of
tourism revenues which, in Montréal, amounts to close to $2.3 billion.

    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)

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