1. Montréal is Affordable
“A day of meetings in Montréal can cost up to 84 percent less than in some major U.S. cities,” says Mylène Gagnon, Vice-President Sales and Convention Services at Business Events Montréal (BEM), part of Tourisme Montréal. “This can mean big savings for an event.”
Pair that with a favorable exchange rate and the fact that international organizations can claim a rebate of up to 100 percent of the tax on conference-related expenses (from meeting room rentals to food and beverage), and it’s clear Montréal offers incredible value. BEM has also launched a Guaranteed Success Pledge, which ensures they’ll honor their financial commitment for your anticipated number of attendees. The pledge also guarantees the best exchange rate when you book your event at the Montréal Convention Centre (Palais des congrès de Montréal).
2. It’s Accessible
Montréal is closer than you might think. By land: Only 46 miles from the U.S. border, this island city is right on the Trans-Canada Highway and drivers can easily access the city center via its many bridges and highways. By air: YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport is shorter than a two-hour flight for more than 170 million Americans. The airport connects to more than 150 international destinations and is just a short 12-mile ride to downtown, where you’re within walking distance of vibrant restaurants and 16,000 hotel rooms (4,000 of which are directly connected to the convention centre). By sea: Traveling to Montréal by boat or cruise ship is gaining popularity and thousands of cruise passengers begin or end their travels in the city between May and October.
3. There’s Always Something Happening
“Montréal offers a buffet of cultural experiences, and many of these cultural events offer free programming [for planners],” says Gagnon. There are hundreds of festivals year-round—from an international jazz festival in the summer to a food festival in the winter. The city’s food and art scenes are also worth discovery; Montréal has been named the Food Capital of North America by Town & Country magazine and one of the world’s top 10 cities for street art by USA Today.