Business tourism – 2022, a year of exceptional recovery for Montreal

MONTREAL, January 19, 2023 /CNW Telbec/ – An exceptional year has just come to an end for Montreal. After a two-year hiatus, the business tourism industry in the metropolis has experienced a real revival since 2009. 280 events at the Palais des congrès de Montréal and over 450 across the city. Between 1er Thus, the Palace welcomed the dates of January 31 and December 31, 2022 500,000 visitors and delegates in its halls. Tourisme Montréal estimates the economic impact of business tourism on the island in 2022 at approx. 270 million dollars.

By hosting large events – such as 104e Annual Convention of Lions Clubs International, 24e The International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2022), the first edition of the International Cyber ​​Security Forum in North America and 15e Conference of the Parties (COP15) -, this is a strong recovery for the Palais des congrès and Tourisme Montréal teams, as well as their close partners. For Tourisme Montréal, such a start is not accidental: the organization has used all business opportunities to ensure the attraction and strong return of conventions and events held on the island.

The Palais and Tourisme Montréal teams pay particular attention to the types of events they host, in addition to the number of delegates and economic additions. It seems important for both organizations to implement them Promoting Montreal and its niches of excellencewith the aim of creating real intellectual added value in their field.

More than ever, the Palais des Congrès de Montréal has placed itself at the heart of the action in 2022. The eagerly awaited events hosted by various international communities, both locally and locally, allowed for important discussions and concrete progress. national and international in their fields.

As part of the 24e International conference on AIDS (AIDS 2022), Govt Canada announced a $17.9 million budget to distribute HIV self-test kits to at-risk communities and improve access to testing for the general population.

The COP15 in turn brought unprecedented scale announcements for biodiversity conservation. At the local level, the City of Montreal has announced measures to protect pollinators as well as the expansion and historic greening of Mount Royal. The Quebec government, in turn, has adopted the Nature 2030 Plan, a historic investment of $650 million over seven years that will enable the implementation of biodiversity conservation measures, the support of aboriginal conservation initiatives and the protection of endangered species. .

During this time, the government Canada announced the implementation of numerous financial support aimed at the protection of the oceans and the development of scientific research in this field in all areas.

Finally, the event ended with the signing of the Kunming-Montreal agreement by 196 participating countries, which provides for the protection of 30% of the planet’s land, coastal zones and inland waters by 2030.

2023 is a promising year

The year 2023, which has just begun, promises to be very busy in terms of business tourism so far. nearly 200 events on the calendar Montreal Convention Center. In particular, we should mention the World AI Americas 2023 Summit for artificial intelligence, the International Summit of Electric and Intelligent Transportation, as well as the International Council of Nurses Congress and, finally, the World Congress of Neurology for health and life sciences. Ambassadors PD Sylvie Cossette, d.D Nancy Feeley and P.D Jacinthe Pepin.

For its part, Tourisme Montréal has already confirmed 150 other business and sports events in the metropolis. This figure will produce more 250,000 overnight stays and some 240 million dollars provides direct economic benefits. April and October will be particularly busy, with Tourisme Montréal predicting 80,000 delegates during those two months.


“2022 marks the long-awaited relaunch of our industry. Throughout the year, the Palais des Congrès hosted major events that contributed to the evolution and development of key areas for Montreal and Quebec. It is thanks to the know-how and flexibility of its passionate team, as well as the diligent cooperation of its numerous partners, that the Palais has established itself as the partner of choice for hosting high-level events. And this success is confirmed by a very busy 2023 looming on the horizon! » – Emmanuelle Legault, President and CEO of the Palais des Congrès de Montréal

“After difficult years, we see the return of business tourists to the island with great satisfaction and pride. Our teams have worked hard to maximize the economic and social benefits of this relaunch. Tourisme Montréal is not the only city praising the appeal of the metropolis; In 2022, the city was named one of the best big cities by a travel magazine Conde Nast Traveller. Our cohesive destination strategy has also allowed us to shine on Tourisme Montréal’s list Global Destination Sustainability Index, the world reference in sustainable tourism. I look forward to this new year opening whenever possible! »
– Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal

About the Palais des congrès de Montréal

Holder of the industry’s most important certification in quality standards, the mission of the Palais des congrès de Montréal is to solicit and host conventions, exhibitions, conferences, meetings and other events. With a creative team that achieves one of the highest customer satisfaction rates in the world, it creates significant economic and intellectual benefits for the city and Quebec by contributing to the international influence of Montreal, the city that hosts the most international events in the Americas. For more information, visit

About Tourism Montreal

Founded in 1919, Tourisme Montréal is a private, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to position the city among world-class destinations in various leisure and business tourism markets. Thus, the organization leads the implementation of innovative reception strategies aimed at a dual goal: providing a quality experience for visitors and maximizing the economic benefits of tourism. Bringing together nearly 1,000 companies working directly or indirectly in the tourism industry, Tourisme Montréal plays a leading role in the management and development of Montréal’s tourism offer, which leads it to speak about the economic, urban and cultural development of the metropolis. For more information, visit

SOURCE Montreal Convention Center

For more information: Alexandra Madoyan, Consultant and Writer, Communications and Public Relations, Department of Marketing and Communications, Palais des congrès de Montréal, Tel. : 514 871-5849, Email: [email protected]; Aurélie de Blois, Consultant – Public Relations, Tourisme Montréal, Tel. : 514 918-5290, Email: [email protected]

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