2019 in review: a record year for Montréal! 🎉

published on December 17, 2019
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At the end of every year, we like to take a look back and review the high points of what was a record-breaking 12 months in Montréal. With a packed calendar of major meetings and sporting events in unique venues (and some crème de la crème hotels too), this year was a banner, award-winning one for the record books. Ready for our close-up and as part of Tourisme Montréal’s 100th anniversary, we also unveiled a new signature for our meeting and sports sectors. Here’s a few more of our proudest 2019 moments.

More awards for the mantelpiece

In 2019, Montréal was named both First in North America for International Association Meetings by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and the top host city for international conventions in the Americas by the Union of International Associations (UIA), two major titles we’re stoked about. And we’ve been here before having won both awards in previous years – that trophy shelf is looking good these days!

Mind-blowing venues and accommodations

Every year, the list of great venues and hotels in Montréal grows, with new additions and eye-popping renovations. This year, we welcomed the deluxe The Four Seasons hotel and event spaces to the city, along with the exciting makeover of Hôtel Bonaventure’s meeting spaces. (There’s also some major hotel openings and renovations coming in 2020 that you’ll want to keep an eye on too!). The island oasis of Parc Jean-Drapeau (home to the former grounds of Montréal’s iconic Expo 67 and the glittering Casino de Montréal) unveiled two blockbuster venues in the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve Paddocks and the epic Espace 67.

A year to remember in sports

Sports makes up an important part of Montréal’s DNA, with an Olympic past and a wealth of memorable sports moments taking place here that thrilled the world. And this year, we were once again ranked the Top Sports City in Canada by the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA)! But for us, the whole city’s a sporting playground, with Montréal also leading the way in urban sports like skateboarding and 3X3 basketball – both appearing for the first time as an Olympic event at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.

Montréal once again named the Best Student City

Home to the four respected universities McGill, University of Montréal, Concordia and UQÀM, Montréal has long been a city of knowledge where education is key. It came as little surprise when we were once again named the Best Student City in the Americas as ranked by Quacquarelli Symonds, an accomplishment punctuated by the announcement of the record-breaking MacCall MacBain scholarships. Toss in the city’s lively varsity sports scene, and student life in Montréal just gets better and better.

The Palais des congrès de Montréal raises the bar – again

Our convention centre, the trend-setting Palais des congrès right in the heart of the action, between Old Montréal and downtown, celebrated a record-breaking 2019. But given their innovative initiatives over the past 12 months, that success comes well-deserved. Announcing the adoption of both a new vision to celebrate local creativity (including a collaboration with the Cercle des Artistes Peintres et Sculpteurs de Québec (CAPSQ) in showcasing local arts throughout the building) and the UN’s Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Palais des congrès is firmly at the forefront of events. Here’s to 2020!

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