Montréal is definitely the Number One place for doing business and exchanging ideas in North America—at least according to the Country and City rankings 2013 by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), which placed Montréal first among North American cities for the number of international conventions held. With 71 international events that brought together over 37,000 participants in 2013, Montréal took the top spot for the second consecutive year, ahead of other major Canadian and U.S. urban centres.
According to the Palais des Congrès de Montréal, the various international events organized in Montréal generated over $82 million in economic spinoffs. Aside from their economic benefits, international conventions are key to maintaining and raising the region’s international profile. Montréal’s cultural scene and geographical location, midway between Europe and America, have undoubtedly played a part in making the city so appealing to convention goers.
The ICCA rankings take into account only international association events that are held regularly, attract over 50 participants, and rotate among at least three countries. The Union of International Associations, which uses different criteria to rank top international meetings cities, should release its own statistics soon. In its 2012 rankings Montréal finished first in North America. Will it repeat the feat in 2013?
Stay tuned for our next blog post!
Analyst, Economic Research Division