MONTREAL, Nov. 8, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - For the quarter ending September 30, 2012, the Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal has confirmed it has secured a total of 102 events. These include seven new international1 conventions which alone will attract over 11,000 business tourists who will generate nearly $27 million for the city's economy. Secured primarily with the cooperation of the Société's long-standing partner Tourisme Montréal, the conventions will result in nearly 24,000 room nights being booked in hotels across the city. In terms of trade shows, five events have been newly confirmed, which will be attended by 12,000 participants and generate economic spinoffs estimated at almost $12 million.
Overall for the first semester of 2012-2013, we confirmed 202 events for the coming years, including the ASME 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition and the Airports Council International World and North America Conference & Exhibition 2016. We therefore performed comparably to the same period last year. These events - i.e. 20 conventions, 20 exhibitions and 162 conferences, meetings and special events - will help attract over 190,000 business tourists to Montréal and the province, and generate total economic spinoffs exceeding $82 million.
"We are pleased we were able to record appreciable results even as the global economy continues to falter. Our development and promotional efforts in the last two years are bearing fruit," explains Marc Tremblay, President and CEO of the Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal. "America's top host city for international events2, and shortlisted for the APEX award for World's Best Convention Centre3, Montréal and the Palais are highly favourably regarded worldwide, as they continue to actively contribute to the city's development and deliver an experience you cannot find elsewhere," adds Tremblay.
Among large-scale events, the Palais hosted eight conventions and eight consumers and trade shows during the course of the quarter, which were attended by nearly 70,000 participants and generated over $32 million for Montréal. The conventions included the UICC World Cancer Congress, which the city secured thanks to the involvement and dedication of Dr. Michel Gélinas and Dr. Eduardo Franco, Executive Ambassador and Emeritus Ambassador, respectively, of the Palais des congrès de Montréal.
Also noteworthy during the quarter was the exciting rollout of a major phase of our ambitious hi-tech modernization project. And in the third quarter, the launch of our new network infrastructure will make possible up to 20,000 simultaneous wireless connections and 1 gigabyte bandwidth. This extensive undertaking will make the Palais an event technology leader in America.
Year-to-date events confirmed for future years (April 1, 2012 to June 30, 2012)
International and national conventions: 20
Estimated room nights: 38 100
Estimated economic spinoffs: $55 932 386
Projected results from conventions hosted (April 1, 2012 - March 31, 2013)
International and national conventions: 32
Estimated room nights: 91 190
Estimated economic spinoffs: $124 307 455
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 28 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 Montréal'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 As ranked by the Union of International Associations in 2011.
3 According to the International Association of Congress Centres in 2012.
SOURCE: Palais des congrès de Montréal
For further information:
Advisor, Communications and Public Affairs
Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal
Phone: 514 871-5897
Manager, Corporate Public Relations
Phone: 514 844-3558
Chrystine Loriaux, Adm.A., B.A.A.
Director, Marketing and Communications
Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal
Phone: 514 871-3104