According to the prestigious ranking of the Union of International Associations (UIA) for 2018, Montreal is the number one international convention destination in the Americas for the second year in a row. Montreal’s drawing power brought 108 events to the city, ahead of the likes of New York, Buenos Aires, Washington and Toronto.
The report also shows that Montreal hosted 50 per cent of all international events held in large Canadian cities — a phenomenal tally that shows how much the convention market is driving economic growth and tourism in the city.
“The outstanding teamwork and collaboration of our partners in the Montreal ecosystem continue to generate exceptional results, such as this first place ranking in the UIA’s Americas list,” said Yves Lalumière, president and CEO of Tourisme Montréal. “Montreal is a highly attractive city where it’s easy to do business. The city is known for its supportive partners, great service by expert local suppliers, opportunities for connecting with opinion leaders in a variety of sectors, and an expanded range of air connections that make it easier than ever to get to.”
“Thanks to cooperation between the business tourism sector, Quebec universities, and the city’s main economic clusters, as well as the involvement of leading figures such as our Ambassadors, Montreal hosts many major events that generate significant economic and intellectual benefits for the city and Quebec as a whole,” said Robert Mercure, president and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal. “The Palais is becoming a vector of Montreal creativity, and we intend to generate ever greater benefits for Montreal and Quebec by promoting local people and know-how.”
This report takes over 450,000 meetings into account, organized in more than 12,500 cities, by nearly 30,000 international organizations. Founded in 1907 by Nobel laureate Henri La Fontaine and Paul Otlet, the UIA holds a database of more than 70,000 organizations in 300 countries and territories. Montreal dominates another major international ranking According to the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), Montreal is also one of the world’s most popular destinations for international events. The UIA list, which places Montreal first in North America for a third consecutive year and 2nd in the Americas, just behind Buenos Aires, draws on a database of more than 12,000 events whose conventions alternate between at least three countries.