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

An exceptional year has just come to an end for Montreal. After a two-year hiatus, the business tourism industry in the metropolis experienced a real revival with more than 280 events at the Palace of Montréal and more than 450 events in the metropolis. Between 1er Thus, between January and December 31, 2022, the Palace welcomed more than 500,000 visitors and representatives in its rooms. Tourisme Montréal estimates the economic impact of business tourism on the island at approximately $270 million in 2022.

By hosting major 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 The 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 very important for both organizations to promote Montreal and its areas of excellence in order to create real intellectual added value in their respective fields.

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 At the international AIDS conference (AIDS 2022), the Government of Canada announced a $17.9 million budget to distribute HIV self-test kits to at-risk communities and improve screening opportunities for the general population.

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. .

In the process, the Government of Canada has announced a number of funding initiatives aimed at protecting the oceans and developing scientific research in this area throughout the region.

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

2023 is a promising year

Barely started, 2023 is already looking very busy in terms of business tourism, with around 200 events on the Palais des congrès de Montréal’s schedule to date. 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 Pre Sylvie Cossette, Dr Nancy Filey and Pre Jacinthe Pepin.

For its part, Tourisme Montréal has already approved 150 other business and sports events in the city. This figure would generate more than 250,000 overnight stays and nearly $240 million in direct economic revenue. April and October will be particularly busy, with Tourisme Montréal predicting 80,000 delegates during those two months.


2022 marks the long-awaited reboot 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 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 alone in praising the metropolis’ appeal ; In 2022, the metropolis was included in the list of the best big cities by the travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler. Our coherent destination strategy has also allowed Tourisme Montréal to shine in the Global Destination Sustainability Index, the world reference in sustainable tourism. Strongly opens this new year as possible ! – Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal

About Montreal
In May 1642, about forty pioneers from France landed on what would become Montreal. 380 years later, the city has become one of the great cosmopolitan, cultural, industrial, commercial and dynamic metropolises of North America. !

About the Palais des Congrès de Montreal
Holder of the industry’s most important certification in quality standards, Palais des congrès de Montréal’s mission 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.

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 more than 800 tourism professionals, Tourisme Montréal plays a leading role in the management and development of Montréal’s tourist offer, which leads it to speak about the challenges of economic, urban and cultural development in the metropolis.

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