Montréal has recently been named the number one destination in North America for hosting international conventions. Montréal finished ahead of other major destinations — such as Toronto, New York and Chicago — with 76 events held at Palais des congrès de Montréal, major universities, local hotels and other cutting-edge event venues across the city.

According to the ranking by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), the conferences and summits of 2016 drew 37,000 delegates to Montréal, 21 percent more than the nearest competitors.

Beyond the numbers of events and delegates, Montréal also continues to score well in terms of visitor satisfaction. Of the leisure and business travellers who have visited Montréal, 97 percent indicated that they would recommend the city to colleagues and contacts. (Poll conducted by the Ipsos research firm.)

3 Things you didn’t know about Montréal

Montréal is a leader in cutting-edge technologies. These leading international tech organisations (and local initiatives) are investing in Montréal — and subsequently proving the city’s status as an innovation hub.

Montréal ranks as the best city in the world for students. Each year, Quacquarelli Symonds ranks the world’s top universities and cities in which to study, and this year Montréal leaps up from ranking in 7th place in 2016 to taking the top spot crown from Paris.

One of the world’s most successful environment agreements happened in Montréal. Signed in 1987, The Montréal Protocol is an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production of numerous substances that are responsible for ozone depletion.

About the 2017 World Youth and Student Travel Conference 

Now in its 26th year, the World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) is the leading trade event for the global youth, student and educational travel industry. Since its inception in 1992 as the annual event of WYSE Travel Confederation, youth and student travel professionals have been gathering annually to trade, network and take part in seminars and workshops. WYSTC 2017 will take place in Montréal, Canada at the Palais des congrès de Montréal on 26-29 September. Register here.

 Palais des congrès de Montréal

Palais des congrès de Montréal