Tourisme Montréal injects two million dollars into a new program for researchers

Tourisme Montréal aims to attract more international scientific conferences to the city


Montréal, October 26, 2011 – The Greater Montréal Convention and Tourism Bureau (Tourisme Montréal), in collaboration with its main partner, the Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal, is proud to announce the start of a new program that aims to increase the number of meetings and international science conferences in Montréal. Tourisme Montréal will invest two million dollars over four years in this program, developed specifically for the academic and scientific communities, which will provide professional and financial support to researchers and research teams who wish to bring conferences to Montréal.

“Our city is known for the high calibre of its universities and research centres. This innovative initiative will allow Montréal and its scientific community to stand out even more on the international scene, and at the same time, attract more tourists to the city,” said the Honourable Charles Lapointe, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal.

The program stems from extensive consultation with researchers, university presidents, and academic research centres. The importance of maintaining broad-reaching scientific activity in Montréal and the magnitude of the work to be done to accomplish this goal was unanimously recognized. “There are already various programs in effect to help promote meetings and conferences, but thanks to this new initiative, Tourisme Montréal will be able to offer incentives to researchers and their teams who are committed to attracting new events. These incentives include assistance services, up to $25,000 in financial awards to fund research, as well as public recognition to help increase each project’s notoriety,” said Pierre Bellerose, Vice President of Public Relations and Product Research and Development at Tourisme Montréal.

The financial assistance program for meetings and conferences will be used to assist researchers and scientists throughout the entire event planning process, starting with the application through to the end of the event. Services offered include meetings with professional consultants in the field, preparation of budgets and business plans, financial guarantees, an insurance policy that covers event cancellation, and finally, a research grant.

This program comes into effect immediately; applications can be sent to the Tourisme Montréalteam.

About The Greater Montréal Convention and Tourism Bureau (Tourisme Montréal)

Tourisme Montréal assumes leadership of the collective effort to promote and position Montréal as a premier destination for business and leisure travel, as well as to create business opportunities for its members and partners. Tourisme Montréal’s mission is also to generate economic benefits for the region, and steer Montréal’s tourism product development according to continually evolving markets. As a leader in promoting the destination to travellers, Tourisme Montréal organizes many activities, in Canada and around the world, with a particular focus on attracting meetings and conventions to the city. The organization also provides event planners and specialized foreign press with unsurpassed logistical support, and is the driving force behind many tools and initiatives designed to promote Montréal as a leisure destination. Above all, Tourisme Montréal is committed to ensuring that all visitors to our city receive a warm welcome from all industry stakeholders.

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