Since opening in 1983, the Palais des congrès de Montréal has built a reputation for hosting exceptional gatherings, welcoming more than 6,500 events and nearly 17 million visitors. Situated in the heart of downtown Montréal, the Palais — as it’s informally known— houses versatile and ultramodern facilities for conventions, conferences, meetings, galas and exhibitions. The Palais des congrès is Montréal’s convention centre.
Why is the Palais different?
Montréal’s convention centre is anything but conventional. One of the greatest things about the Palais is its location downtown, in the heart of the action. More than 15,000 hotel rooms are located within a 10-minute walk, including approximately 4,000 rooms that are directly accessible by an underground pedestrian network.
The possibilities are limitless for events. With one of Canada’s largest columnless halls and exhibition venues, the Palais is capable of large-scale gatherings, while also offering ideal spaces for smaller meetings: reception rooms, VIP and Board rooms, ballrooms, terraces and private offices.
Numerous annual events are held throughout the calendar year, such the Montréal Comiccon. Furthermore, each year the space is used by international associations and organizations for annual conferences. From global meetings on climate change to academic galas (and everything in between), the world convenes at Montréal’s Palais des congrès.
But don’t just take our word for it. The Palais has been nominated for an APEX “World’s Best Congress Centre” award and it meets AIPC Gold Quality Standards.
The building by the numbers:
- 8 floors
- 113 rooms and venues
- 498,874 square feet of exhibition space
- Up to 1,950 booths
- 144,386 square feet of rooftop
In-house production studio
Palais Média Propulsion is the name of the Palais’s high-tech production studios, which specialize in video and podcast creation. The studios offer a myriad of possibilities: hybrid events, video and podcast production, live interviews, equipment for editing clips and posts for social media, and more! The various digital spaces are run by a creative team skilled at determining client needs and dedicated to communicating the mission of an event.
Art at the heart
The Palais des congrès de Montréal is an internationally-recognized art icon. The building was included in the architectural guide, 1001 Buildings You Must See Before You Die. This means you can come here for business, and still scratch this masterpiece off your bucket list.
From beautiful to bizarre, the inside of Montréal’s convention centre is permeated with art. A massive kaleidoscope wall — called TransLucide — is made up of 332 multi-coloured glass panels, representing the purpose of the convention centre as a place where different points of view converge. The Lipstick Forest, designed by Claude Cormier, is made up of 52 hot pink gleaming “tree trunks” that tower high overhead. There are numerous wall-mounted installations—including an entire series designed in 1983 that now adds a fabulous retro twist to the décor. Additionally, temporary exhibits mean that visitors can return regularly and still see something new.
What is beauty without brains? The Palais des congrès is much more than just a pretty face. The building is also BOMA BESt 3-certified, fully accessible and connected to a subway station. Whether you want to sensitize attendees to their ecological impact or obtain official certification for your event, the team at the Palais keeps the environment at the heart of what they offer.
The Palais was one of the first convention centres in North America to place technology at the service of event planners by keeping them (and their exhibitors and attendees) connected, while offering the possibility of generating new sources of revenue for their events. Sponsorship revenue opportunities are plentiful: visibility through Wi-Fi connection, video walls, an e-commerce portal, an event mobile app and more!
Located on the ground floor of the Palais des congrès de Montréal, OASIS immersion is a series of stunning immersive rooms. The no-contact experience features 105 laser projectors, 119 surround sound speakers, and state-of-the-art equipment that projects 360° visuals on walls and floors. The spectacular setting — which is also entirely customizable — is perfect for hybrid conferences or training events, for film shoots, or even for corporate events looking for something out of the ordinary.
A new CEO!
The Palais des congrès de Montréal recently announced its new CEO: Emmanuelle Legault. Appointed to a five-year term, Legault is the first female CEO in the history of the Palais. She brings strategic vision, extensive knowledge of the tourism industry, and expertise acquired on the world stage. And because Legault has more than 10 years of previous experience working with Tourisme Montréal (that’s us!), we know that the relation between the convention centre and the CVB will continue to be strong and mutually supportive.
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