Montréal fun facts
- John Lennon and Yoko Ono held their legendary Bed-In in Montréal at the Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth hotel from May 26 to June 2, 1969.
- A popular local snack is “poutine” (French fries with cheese curds topped with gravy) – absolutely delicious!
- Our “underground city” has over 30 km (18 miles) of pedestrian walkways, indoor areas and tunnels linking 8 subway stations, 5 train stations and termini, 63 buildings, 9 major hotels, 2,000 businesses, 1,700 boutiques, 37 cinemas, theatres and exhibition halls, 10 university buildings and 43 indoor parking areas.
- The legal drinking age in Montréal is 18. Bars and restaurants can serve beer and alcohol from 11 a.m. to 3 in the morning.
- What others call “pastrami”, we call “smoked meat”. (By the way, our smoked meat sandwiches are to die for!)
- An entrée here is actually an appetizer.
- Montréal is among the 10 best cities in the world for outdoor dining, according to American travel guide publisher, Frommers.
- In total, 80 languages are spoken in the Montréal region, including French, English, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Greek, Chinese, German, Portuguese, Creole and Vietnamese. Montréal ranks second to Halifax for the number of Titanic victims buried in its cemeteries (12 in all).
- Eye contact in Montréal differs from that in other major cities. Whereas discretion is the order of the day elsewhere, Montréalers do not shy away from making eye contact with strangers.
- With the highest number of tango dancers and dance halls on the continent, Montréal is the tango capital of North America.
- Greeting a French-speaking person from Montréal can be confusing for visitors. The customary way to greet friends in Montréal is to kiss them on both cheeks, starting with the right, whereas Canadians in other provinces tend to keep their distance and simply shake hands.
Montréal crowned top international business tourism city in the Americas
For a fifth consecutive year, Montréal ranks first in the Americas for international events, according to the International Meetings Statistics Report for the Year 2015 released by the Union of International Association (UIA), representing yet another outstanding performance. Overall, the city hosted 108 international events in 2015, up 29% from 2014.
This is an enviable position given how competitive the industry is worldwide. Montréal outranked all major U.S. cities by hosting:
- 42% more international events than New York City (ranked first in the U.S.); and
- 59% more than Washington DC, the U.S. capital.
Within Canada, the city clearly dominated by hosting over half (52%) the international events held in the country’s three major cities, i.e. Toronto, Vancouver and Montréal.
“As Montréal’s main venue for large-scale conventions, the Palais is proud of the city’s standing among the world’s leading destinations. Everyone in the business tourism industry keeps mobilising, and this is essential to secure big international events so we may continue to be steadfast in our pursuit of generating ever more intellectual benefits and tourism revenue for Montréal,” declared Raymond Larivée, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès. “We’ve earned the AIPC* Gold Quality Standards certification, the highest in the convention industry, and have been named a finalist for the AIPC World’s Best Congress Centre award, so the Palais is clearly thoroughly equipped to handle major events”, he added.
“Montréal attracts thousands of business tourists each year, thus entrenching its standing as a tourism leader in the Americas. At Tourisme Montréal, we are committed to working alongside our clients to ensure they host successful events and to give them a unique experience. I would like to point out the hard work of our local tourism industry in maintaining Montréal’s Number One ranking at the top of the list of leading host cities for international events,” stated Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal.
For the 2015-16 year, the Palais des congrès welcomed almost 57,000 participants who attended 25 international events**, generating nearly $118,000,000 in tourism revenues for Montréal.
* International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC)
** Including U.S. conventions
Pepper your speech with a little parlez-vous in montréal!
Montréal has oodles of cosmopolitan chic and European flavour. But did you know that Montréal is also the world’s second-largest French-speaking city after Paris? Conversation here flows easily–in English, French and many other languages. With this easy crash-course of French phrases, you can wow the locals when you’re here.
IF YOU WANT TO SAY…
THE FRENCH VERSION
|Hello||Bonjour [Pronounced: Bo-JOUR]|
|Goodbye||Au revoir [Pronounced: oh-rev-WARR]|
|Please||S’il-vous-plaît [Pronounced: see-voo-PLAY]|
|Thank you||Merci [Pronounced : mare-SEE]|
|See you soon||À la prochaine [Pronounced: a-la-pruh-SHENN]|
IF SOMEONE ASKS YOU:
YOU SHOULD ANSWER:
|Pour quel événement êtes-vous à Montréal ?||WYSTC 2017|
|D’où venez-vous ? (Where are you from?)||[Name of the city you are from]|