As many Canadians already know, Montreal has something the rest of Canada can’t quite put their finger on. There’s a buzz, energy but it is distinct and cosmopolitan. Montreal makes a great spot for your meeting or event. Montreal is filled with an array of world class festivals, including Jazz, Comedy, Dance, Film and Music. Arguably, the top summer events in Montreal would include:
- Montreal International Jazz Festival
- Just for Laughs
- Montreal Grand Prix
- Osheaga Music and Arts Festival
- L’International des Feux Loto-Quebec
While festivals and city-wide events can make for a great backdrop for your conference, Montreal itself, with its vibrancy, unique venues and exquisite dining makes it a top destination for international conferences and conventions. The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) ranked Montréal first for number of meetings organized in 2012.
What makes Montreal such an attractive international convention destination? Language would be one. Most citizens in Montréal are bilingual and a very large percentage are multilingual. Most Montrealers will speak French and/or English but with 33.6% speaking a third language at home, it truly makes this city international from a language perspective, likely adding to its preference as a destination for international conventions.
Montreal’s downtown has over 27,000 hotel rooms, the largest convention facility, the Palais des Congres has 200,000 square feet of exhibit space. Montreal also has many unique venues for your meetings and events. Here are some unique Montreal venues:
The Tour de Levis (Castle Tower)
- The Chateau Dufresne
- The Montreal Forum-former home of the Montreal Canadiens
- The Chinese Garden Botanical Garden
Or maybe it is something more traditional, like great function space in the Vieux Port that can make a Montreal Meeting unique.