Montreal was named the top destination in the Americas for hosting international association events, according to the official 2011 rankings sent out by the Union of International Associations (UIA). As the principal host location in Québec for major international meetings, and as a 2011 finalist for the APEX award for World’s Best Convention Centre, the Palais des Congrès hosts thousands of conference-goers every year and generates major intellectual and economic spinoffs for Montréal.
“We are very proud of our ranking, which is a testimony to the efforts made by our team, the Tourisme Montréal team and the city’s hoteliers to make Montréal a top conference destination for international associations seeking an exceptional experience for their participants,” said Marc Tremblay, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal. “This title, combined with our recent 90% score for customer service quality, indicates that Montréal and the Palais remain among the world’s best-loved destinations. In addition to having top-notch staff, the Palais is recognized for our city centre location, the quality of our multifunctional spaces, and our quality/price ratio,” he added.
The Honourable Charles Lapointe, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal, said: “Montréal’s high ranking is a fitting demonstration of our city’s excellence and our capacity to meet the needs of major international associations in terms of infrastructure, hosting and entertainment, to say nothing of the unique joie de vivre our city is known for. I’d like to congratulate the Palais des congrès and Tourisme Montréal teams, who earned this success through their strong work.”
Montréal was ranked first place among all destinations in the Americas, beating out the continents’ other major cities, including Washington, New York and Boston, as well as Toronto and Vancouver.
Final 2011 rankings for America:
3- New York