Quarterly Report – January 1 to March 31, 2014 – Annual Review 2013-2014 – The Palais des congrès de Montreal will generate nearly $ 283 million in economic benefits

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MONTREAL, April 28, 2014 / CNW Telbec / – During the 2013-14 fiscal year, the Company Palais des congrès de Montreal 366 confirmed events for the future, for a total of nearly $ 283 million in economic benefits for the city . Specifically, it is around 250,000 overnight stays in hotels in Montreal that will be reserved for these events to be held at the Palais. The convention market is especially noteworthy for the confirmation of 50 major events including 28 international conferences, an increase of over 17% compared to 2012-13. As for exhibitions, 56 events including 27 trade fairs were added to the booking calendar, sign of industrial and commercial vitality of Quebec, an increase of 8% compared to last year.

“The competition is fierce and we fully intend to maintain our position as the premier destination in America for hosting international conferences! “Says Raymond Larivee, CEO of the Society of Palais des congrès de Montreal. “By continuing our development efforts, both in terms of strategic alliances, sales and marketing, Palace ensures build strong relationships with decision-makers while still very present. “He adds.

Outcome 4 th quarter of 2013 to 14
during the fourth quarter, the Palace has confirmed two international conferences 1 and 6 national conferences 2 .These major events, obtained in collaboration with Tourism Montreal and the Palais Ambassadors represent economic impact estimated at nearly $ 45 million for Montreal and Quebec.

In terms of exhibitions, 25 events have been confirmed, an increase of 19% compared to the same period last year.Trade shows were particularly Performed with a total of 11 confirmations of events, more than $ 28 million in benefits.

2013-2014 Annual Review of events held: significant economic benefits from trade shows 
Palais des congrès de Montreal ended the year 2013-2014 with a total of 332 events, which represents more than 766,000 business visitors and tourists having passed through the gates of the Palace, is the largest crowd in its history. Also emphasize the excellence performance of the Salon International de l’Auto de Montreal has hosted nearly 201,000 visitors in January. The economic impact of these events is estimated at nearly $ 209 million.

First city 3 in America for hosting international events, Montreal continues to enjoy an enviable reputation on the international scene more favorable position with North American developers. Palais des congrès de Montreal also ranks among the best in the world by becoming, in 2010, 2012 and 2014 finalist for the Best convention center in the world at the prestigious APEX assistance of the International Association of Congress Centres 4 .

Recognizes the importance of protecting the future of the Palace, the Quebec government announced in 2013, the setting aside of land adjacent to the existing building which will allow managers to pursue Palace analyzes and studies for a potential expansion.

Coveted a site for large conventions
Among the key conference that took place in 2013-14, several have been confirmed by the Ambassadors Ambassadors’ Club of the Palais des congrès de Montreal Collaboration:

  • 21 st International Congress on Acoustics
  • Ambassador Executive: Michael R. Stinson
  • 2,275 participants and nearly $ 6.6 million in economic benefits
  • Joint World Mining & ICD 30 th  2013 ISARC
  • Executive ambassador Ferri Hassani
  • 1,480 participants and more than $ 4.6 million in economic benefits
  • 19 th International Conference on Composite Materials
  • Ambassador accredited: Suong Hoa
  • 1,500 participants and more than $ 3.7 million in economic benefits
  • 2 th International Congress francophone palliative care
  • Ambassador accredited: Justine Farley
  • 1020 participants and more than $ 2.2 million in economic benefits
  • Planetree Annual Conference
  • Ambassador accredited: Lucie Dumas
  • 500 participants and nearly $ 1 million in economic benefits

YTD agreements confirmed for the future (1 st April 2013 to 31 March 2014)
International Conventions and national: 50
Estimated room nights: 246 082
Estimated economic spinoffs: $ 227,844,171

Results congress held (1 st April 2013 to 31 March 2014)
International Conventions and national: 42
Nights: 165,476
Economic Impact: $ 160,626,451

About the Palais des congrès de Montreal 
Palais des congrès de Montreal’s mission is to seek and host conventions, exhibitions, conferences, meetings and other events. Public institution with a commercial vocation, the Palais generates major economic spinoffs for Québec and has contributed proudly for more than 30 years, sharing of knowledge and to the international reputation of Montreal as a leading destination. For more information:

About Tourisme Montreal
Tourism Montreal is responsible for providing leadership in the concerted effort to promote and host for the positioning of the destination “Montreal” agency market for leisure travel and business and guide the development of the tourism product in the basis of evolving markets. For more information, visit .

  1. Including the U.S. Congress 2. Including Quebec conference 3. UIA 4. AIPC


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