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Montréal Tops ICCA Rankings for International Conventions

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The statistics have been released, and Montréal is back on top. Our fair French-Canadian city is the number one destination in North America for hosting international conventions. Montréal finished ahead of other major destinations — such as Toronto, New York and Chicago — with 76 events held at Palais des congrès de Montréal (the local convention centre), major universities, local hotels and other cutting-edge event venues across the city.

According to the ranking by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), the conferences and summits of 2016 drew 37,000 delegates to Montréal, 21 per cent more than the nearest competitors.

Beyond the numbers of events and delegates, Montréal also continues to score well in terms of visitor satisfaction. Of the leisure and business travellers who have visited Montréal, 97 per cent indicated that they would recommend the city to colleagues and contacts. (Poll conducted by the Ipsos research firm.)

What’s working?

Our achievements are attributed to a team-based approached. Tourisme Montréal works closely with colleagues at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, along with various hotel partners and a handful of the city’s top meeting industry professionals. Furthermore, with a long list of personalized services, Tourisme Montréal helps with the planning process every step of the way for international organizations, wherever they are headquartered. In short: good old-fashion teamwork has made us a leading convention city.

3 things you didn’t know about Montréal

Montréal is a leader in cutting-edge technologies. These leading international tech organizations (and local initiatives) are investing in Montréal — and subsequently proving the city’s status as an innovation hub.

Montréal ranks as the best city in the world for students. Each year, Quacquarelli Symonds ranks the world’s top universities and cities in which to study, and this year Montréal leaps up from ranking in 7th place in 2016 to taking the top spot crown from Paris.

One of the world’s most successful environment agreements happened in Montréal. Signed in 1987, The Montréal Protocol is an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production of numerous substances that are responsible for ozone depletion.


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