News & Articles - Palais des congrès de Montréal

  • Montréal top international convention destination in the Americas for second year

    Press Release 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…

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  • Palais des congrès de Montréal to support the United Nations’ Agenda for Sustainable Development

    Press Release In keeping with its ongoing commitment to sustainability, the Palais des congrès de Montréal is proud to announce it is joining the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In doing so, it plans to change the course of events by implementing tangible actions aimed at reducing its environmental footprint and that of its users, in order to better its impact on society and the community. Thanks to partners who are committed and a careful understanding of the…

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  • Events in the age of disruption

    Montreal is a city in the midst of a boom. With its vibrant tech scene, bustling nightlife and well-earned reputation as a culinary mecca, Canada’s unofficial arts capital is teeming with culture and opportunity — and no one is feeling that positive vibe more than Robert Mercure, president and CEO of The Palais des congrès de Montreal. “This city is really breaking out,” the Montreal-native said. “I haven’t seen this kind of energy and appetite for our city since, frankly,…

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  • Montréal Named Top Host City for International Conferences

    A new report from the Union of International Associations (UIA) ranks Montréal first among the top international conference cities in the Americas in 2017. Finishing ahead of Washington, New York, Chicago, Buenos Aires and Toronto, Montréal achieved a new record of 149 international conferences hosted last year, eclipsing the city’s previous record of 108 events set in 2005. More impressive still, Montréal hosted almost two-and-a-half times the number of events attracted by runner-up city, Washington D.C. “The excellent work by…

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  • Industry influencers shine a global light on Montreal

    As a leading destination with enduring appeal, the Palais des congrès de Montréal has always attracted the eye of event planners scouting exceptional locales for their upcoming events. But the ultramodern facility recently upped its game, announcing in April that it has assembled a group of top industry leaders from the city’s eight key economic sectors to form a new Multisector Strategic Taskforce. The Taskforce is the first of its kind for the Palais, assigned to help develop and nurture…

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  • First-Rate Event Security Starts with a Seamless Plan

    For event planners, it goes without saying that creating a memorable guest experience is a critical aspect of the job. But what about those “behind-the-scenes” components delegates can’t see or taste? While crisp acoustics and scrumptious cuisine, prominent guest speakers and dazzling party venues, are all part and parcel to what make an event successful, seamless security and risk preparedness are every bit as important—if not, more so. Gone are the days when a slippery floor or a loose guardrail…

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  • The Palais des congrès de Montréal celebrates 35 years

    In 1975, when a major study was released proclaiming Montréal’s tourism potential, the idea of building a convention centre was born. Eight years later, the Palais des congrès de Montréal ushered guests through its doors and hosted its first international event: The 8th International Congress of Plastic Surgery, one gathering that helped build the city’s now thriving life sciences industry. The Palais has been actively contributing to Québec’s international reputation ever since. This year, as the conference centre celebrates its 35-year…

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  • Urban Agriculture Lab Sets Green Standard

    More people are living in cities than ever before, and some believe that 66 per cent of the world’s population will be urban by 2050. As urbanization increases, encroaching onto rural areas currently used for agriculture, researchers are looking for ways to create more livable cities and boost local food supplies. On the rooftop of the Palais des congrès de Montréal, researchers are experimenting with new techniques in urban farming at the Urban Agriculture Lab. Situated on 33,500 square feet…

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  • A Palais des congrès de Montréal marketing campaign earns international distinction

    The meetings and conventions world recognized the work of the Palais des congrès de Montréal at the Meeting Industry Marketing Awards (MIMA) recently presented in London. The “Numbers 1-5-52” relationship marketing and communications campaign intended for the international, U.S. and national convention markets earned the Palais the prestigious award for Best Integrated Marketing Campaign. The Palais was also shortlisted in the Best Use of Budget and Marketing Team of the Year categories. “There’s a promotional component in our approach strategies…

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  • Montréal certified as an environmentally sustainable destination for meetings and conventions

    Montréal has once again been certified by iCompli Sustainability according to ASTM-APEX (Accepted Practices Exchange) standards. Developed in partnership with Green Meetings and Events, the certification confirms the city’s position as an environmentally sustainable destination. Crafted by over 300 professionals from the business tourism industry, the ASTM-APEX standards are the first in North America to establish performance criteria for sustainable practices and responsible management systems used by tourism stakeholders in the meetings sector. The standards cover various aspects of event organization, including meeting venues,…

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