The Palais des congrès de Montréal in Canada will host two major global transportation industry conventions in 2017 – the 62nd UITP World Congress and Mobility & City Transport Exhibition as well as the World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems and ITS America Annual Meeting. These two international events will attract 13,000 delegates and 560 exhibitors to Montréal, who will collectively book 36,400 room nights in hotels across the city.
Estimated at over $33 million from both conventions combined, the economic benefits for the Montréal community will be significant.
“You cannot secure conventions of this stature without every segment of the tourism industry and transportation sector pitching in,” indicated Raymond Larivée, president and CEO, Palais des congrès de Montréal. “At the heart of the No. 1 host city in America for international events, Montréal and the Palais are thoroughly equipped to handle conventions predicated on increasingly higher turnouts and high delegate satisfaction rates.”
Montréal was elected host city of these two events namely as a result of the combined efforts of the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT), the Société de transport de Montréal (STM), the City of Montréal, Tourisme Montréal and the Palais des congrès de Montréal.
To be held May 13-17, the 62nd UITP World Congress and Mobility & City Transport Exhibition 2017 expects 5,000 delegates, 350 exhibitors and an economic impact of $13,500,000. The Intelligent Transportation Society of America-24th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems and 2017 ITS America Annual Meeting, to be held Oct. 29-Nov. 2, will host an estimated 8,000 delegates, 210 exhibitors and bring in approximately $19,800,000.
In 2017, Montréal will be more festive than usual as celebrations marking the city’s 375th anniversary, Canada’s 150th anniversary, the 50th anniversary of the Montréal metro system and Expo 67 are held in neighborhoods citywide. Additionally, the Transportation Association of Canada will be celebrating its 100th anniversary.
For more information, visit congresmtl.com.