Montréal takes the lead on the UIA’s list of the Americas’ top event cities

published on July 25, 2019
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We’ve been here before, and it feels great to be back! For the second year in a row, Montréal takes first place on the Union of International Association’s (UIA) list of top host cities for international conventions in the Americas. Ahead of other major event destinations like Buenos Aires, Toronto, Washington and New York, Montréal played host to 108 international events – 29 more than the closest runner up Toronto – and a full 50% of all international events held in Canada in 2018.

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There’s another number 1 we’re quite proud of, and that’s our ranking as the top city for international association meetings according to the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), a title which we’ve held for three consecutive years and counting. And according to a recent survey by the Ipsos research firm, 95% of business tourists said they were satisfied with their experience in Montréal, and 98% were satisfied with our world-class meeting venues like our main convention centre the Palais des congrès de Montréal. Furthermore, 84% of these business travellers say they plan to return to Montréal as a tourist.

A closer look at the UIA

Founded in 1907 by Nobel Peace Prize winner Henri La Fontaine and information science pioneer Paul Otlet, the UIA keeps tabs on the activities and meetings of international associations, and facilitates and supports their work through worldwide initiatives and connection. A source of information, research and collaborative opportunities, the UIA plays an important role in the worldwide network of international associations.

Why the world comes to Montréal

We wouldn’t have kept our first place ranking without a combination of factors that pulls Montréal ahead of the pack, and here’s just a few reasons why you and your attendees will also put Montréal at the top of the list for meeting destinations.

  • As a world leader in neuroscience, AI and clean technology, Montréal is ahead of the curve. Tourisme Montréal connects incoming conferences and meetings with local innovators, building bridges and giving your attendees the chance to experience the Montréal difference first-hand.
  • Canada’s most international airport YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport offers direct service to 150 worldwide destinations, getting everyone to the same place with a minimum of fuss or transfers. Ranked within the Top 10 Airports in North America by the Skytrax World Airport Awards, it’s smooth sailing at YUL!
  • Montréal is both walkable and easy to navigate, with extensive and simple to use public transport, including the city’s iconic Métro subway system and the BIXI bike-sharing system. There’s so much to see and do within 10-minutes of the Palais des congres that everyone has the chance to explore and enjoy during downtime and once the day is done.
  • Montréal’s unique joie de vivre isn’t just limited to its beloved attractions and gastronomic delights, but in its urban creativity that’s unlike anywhere else. An official UNESCO City of Design, the local Smart and Digital City office keeps Montréal at the forefront of city living.

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