President's Message

 
Yves Lalumière Président-directeur général
 
 

Welcome to Montréal!

It is with immense pride that I invite you to discover the many charms of our city. I am confident that it won’t take long for you to fall under the spell of Montréal’s rich heritage and cultural wealth, not to mention its diverse culinary offer and the irresistible joie de vivre of its citizens!

Easily accessed by land, air and water, Montréal welcomes more than 8 million tourists annually, who spend some $2.5 billion dollars. With its unique combination of Old World charm and North American energy, Montréal is celebrated not only for its trendsetting spirit but also its easygoing nature, and offers an ideal destination for both business and pleasure.

True to its status as international hub, Montréal ranks second in North America for hosting international meetings, with infrastructures that meet the standards of the most discerning delegate. Meeting Planners International, one of the largest associations of meeting planners in the world, chose Montréal to host its annual convention in 2007, an event which proceeded to set attendance-breaking records. The numerous and glowing comments we received confirm that our city scores high points for its legendary hospitality, superior equipment and services, and array of unique attractions.

While Montréal is home to many major hotel chains, our offer is also complemented by several boutique hotels and a great selection of charming bed and breakfasts. Rounding out our accommodations is the creativity and innovation of our world-class chefs, not to mention a multitude of restaurants featuring more than 80 different kinds of culinary specialties that cater to every taste and budget.

No less impressive in size and scope is Montréal’s legendary nightlife. Whether you’re in the mood for a trendy bar or a cool jazz club, a performance outdoors or in a grand hall, you’ll find everything you could possibly imagine. Our celebrated Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the opera, or a starlit festival performance might also feature in an unforgettable Montréal evening of entertainment.

At Tourisme Montréal, we strive to exceed our guests’ expectations by continuing to make bold new strides in both products and services. In addition to this new Web site, which was designed with the latest technology and which integrates new features such as the ability to create and share itineraries, we also offer you hospitality tools at the Montréal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport, at border crossings with Ontario and the United States, at the Infotouriste Centres and the Tourist Welcome Office in Old Montréal.

Rest assured that I, along with my team, will do everything possible to help you plan a memorable visit. We invite you to use our services by consulting the resources identified in this section of the site.

We look forward to sharing the sights, sounds and endless discoveries of Montréal with you!

Mr. Yves Lalumière
President and Chief Executive Officer