Montreal crowned top international business tourism city in the Americas

5 July 2016

For a fifth consecutive year, Montréal ranks first in the Americas for international events, according to the International Meetings Statistics Report for the Year 2015 released by the Union of International Association (UIA), representing yet another outstanding performance. Overall, the city hosted 108 international events in 2015, up 29% from 2014.

This is an enviable position given how competitive the industry is worldwide. Montréal outranked all major U.S. cities by hosting:

•    42% more international events than New York City (ranked first in the U.S.); and

•    59% more than Washington DC, the U.S. capital.

Within Canada, the city clearly dominated by hosting over half (52%) the international events held in the country’s three major cities, i.e. Toronto, Vancouver and Montréal.

“As Montréal’s main venue for large-scale conventions, the Palais is proud of the city’s standing among the world’s leading destinations. Everyone in the business tourism industry keeps mobilizing, and this is essential to secure big international events so we may continue to be steadfast in our pursuit of generating ever more intellectual benefits and tourism revenue for Montréal,” declared Raymond Larivée, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès. “We’ve earned the AIPC Gold Quality Standards certification, the highest in the convention industry, and have been named a finalist for the AIPC World’s Best Congress Centre award, so the Palais is clearly thoroughly equipped to handle major events,” he added.

“Montréal attracts thousands of business tourists each year, thus entrenching its standing as a tourism leader in the Americas. At Tourisme Montréal, we are committed to working alongside our clients to ensure they host successful events and to give them a unique experience. I would like to point out the hard work of our local tourism industry in maintaining Montréal’s Number One ranking at the top of the list of leading host cities for international events,” stated Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal.  

For the 2015-16 year, the Palais des congrès welcomed almost 57,000 participants who attended 25 international events, generating nearly $118,000,000 in tourism revenues for Montréal.

About the Palais des congrès de Montréal

Recipient of the AIPC Gold Quality Standards certification, the highest in the convention industry, and shortlisted by the AIPC for its World’s Best Congress Centre award, the Palais des congrès de Montréal attracts and hosts conventions, exhibitions, conferences, meetings and other events, and generates significant tourism revenues for Montréal while contributing to promoting the city’s international reputation.

About Tourisme Montréal

Tourisme Montréal is responsible for providing leadership with regard to the concerted hospitality and promotion efforts aimed at positioning Montréal in leisure and business travel markets. It is also responsible for developing Montréal’s tourism product in accordance with changing market conditions. For more information, visit

About the Union of International Associations (UIA)

The Union of International Associations, founded in 1907, is a research institute and documentation centre that specializes in researching, compiling and providing information on international organizations and international associations as a means of understanding global issues.

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Sources :
Palais des congrès de Montréal et Tourisme Montréal

Renseignements :

Amélie Asselin
Conseillère, Communications et Affaires publiques
Palais des congrès de Montréal
Tél. : 514 871-5897

Andrée-Anne Pelletier
Gestionnaire – Relations publiques corporatives
Tourisme Montréal
Tél. : 514 844-3344 / 514 264-1638