For the fifth year in a row, Montreal ranked first in North America for international events. According to the International Meetings Statistics Report for the Year 2015 released by the Union of International Association, Montreal hosted the most international events of any city in North America in 2015.
Overall, the city hosted a reported 108 international events in 2015 which represented a 29% increase since 2014. In comparison to our neighbours south of the border, Montreal hosted 59% more international events than the US capital of Washington, DC. In addition and 42% more international events than New York City, which ranked first in the US for international events.
In contrast with other Canadian cities, Montreal hosted 52% of all international events held in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal in 2015. In essence, Montreal was responsible for hosting over half of the international events held by Canada’s three major cities last year.
Raymond Larivée, President and CEO of the Palais des Congrès, spoke of the importance of international events to the city of Montreal and its tourism industry.
“As Montréal’s main venue for large-scale conventions, the Palais is proud of the city’s standing among the world’s leading destinations. Everyone in the business tourism industry keeps mobilizing, and this is essential to secure big international events so we may continue to be steadfast in our pursuit of generating ever more intellectual benefits and tourism revenue for Montréal.”
Major international events in Montreal include the Just for Laughs Festival, the Montreal International Jazz Festival, and the Montreal International Fireworks Competitions to name a few.