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April 08, 2015
A good year for tourism in Montréal in 2014

Conventions, business meetings, and sporting events lead the way

Montreal--Tourism, a big part of the Montréal economy, turned in a great performance in 2014 according to figures compiled by Tourisme Montréal for the period of January to December 2014. Key performance indicators for the year are up, particularly starting in the second quarter.

Key statistics for 2014
-- Montréal is estimated to have welcomed 9.2 million tourists, up 2.2% over 2013.
-- Spending by tourists increased 4.6% in 2014 to stand at $2.7 billion.
-- The average hotel occupancy rate was 71.24%, up 3.32 percentage points from the previous year1.
-- The average room rate was $148.40 compared to $141.48 the year before, a 5.17% increase2.

Higher average occupancy and room rates are partly attributable to the drop in hotel room inventory on the Island of Montréal.

"It's encouraging to see that tourism continued to grow in 2014 after a good year in 2013," said Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal. "A lot of the growth came from business meetings and major conventions, so we owe a vote of thanks to the hard-working convention professionals in Montréal. The sports event market also turned in a good performance, a result of efforts in that regard in recent years."

"Montréal hotel owners saw occupancy rates rise in 2014. This good performance was in large part driven by the synergy between the hotels and Tourisme Montréal," added Eve Paré, President and CEO of the Hotel Association of Greater Montréal.

International travel up 4%
As for international visitors (United States and other countries) entering Canada through Québec border checkpoints,3
-- totals were up 4.0% for January to December;
-- the number of American tourists using some form of transportation other than automobiles to cross the border was up 5.0%; and
-- the increase was 5.9% for tourists from countries other than the United States.

Passenger traffic at Montréal-Trudeau International Airport up 5.2%
Arriving and departing passenger traffic at Montréal-Trudeau International Airport4 between January and December 2014 increased 5.2% in all markets (domestic, transborder, and international).

Cruise ship market up 1.54%
The cruise ship market also performed well again, attracting some 71,000 passengers and crew members to the port last season, an increase of 1.54% over 2013. Montréal continues to position itself as a premier cruise turnaround destination on the St. Lawrence River.

Business tourism drives performance during year
Business travel appears to have been a big part of Montréal's performance in 2014. Tourisme Montréal notes that there were 27 multi-hotel conventions during the year versus 17 the year before, for a total of 55,830 convention-goers. That put shoppers in stores and drew visitors to city attractions. The sales efforts of Tourisme Montréal's business sales team on the convention, business meeting, and sporting event markets generated a little over 333,000 overnight stays in commercial accommodations.

For the full report on tourism in 2014 (in French) from Tourisme Montréal, see

About Tourisme Montréal
Tourisme Montréal is responsible for providing leadership in the concerted efforts of hospitality and promotion in order to position the "Montréal" destination on leisure and business travel markets. It is also responsible for developing Montréal's tourism product in accordance with the ever-changing conditions of the market. For more information, please visit

April 06, 2015
American Express Meetings & Events and North American Meetings Industry Day

American Express Meetings & Events will be supporting the inaugural North American Meetings Industry Day (NAMID) on April 16th by hosting four online educational sessions in a series titled ‘Educate to Elevate' supporting the education and professional development of the industry. The sessions are open to all meeting professionals, as well as anyone else interested in learning more about the profession. Also, American Express Meetings & Events is one of CIC’s Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Preferred Providers and participants are eligible to receive one CIC credential per session. Below is a breakdown of the sessions for your reference: 

11:30am EST: Global Hotel Developments: The Impact of Thousands of New Meeting Destinations
1:00pm EST: Stand For Your Brand
2:30pm EST
Event Apps 101: Five Things to Consider When Shopping for Event Apps
4:00pm EST: What You Don’t Know Can Be Risky

Participation is free, however, limited to 100 participants per session:

March 19, 2015
Alberta hosting World Economic Forum regional event

As co-chairs, Calgary and Edmonton will be welcoming dynamic young leaders from around North America and the Caribbean to tap into the energy that Alberta has to offer and share peer-to-peer learning.

After beating out five other cities around the continent, Calgary and Edmonton Global Shaper Hubs have won the bid to host SHAPE North America, an annual conference put on by the World Economic Forum’s Global Shaper initiative. Global Shapers is an initiative of the World Economic Forum that seeks to engage and equip young leaders between 20 and 30 years old, and is connected through city-based groups called Hubs.

"Alberta's Global reach continues to expand, we are happy to be part of that growth," says Kassie Burkholder, Curator of the Edmonton Global Shapers Hub. "We are honoured to have been chosen to host SHAPE North America in Alberta, bringing international attention to our local opportunities and successes." 

This conference, to be held in July 2015, is one among several “SHAPE” conferences hosted by the Global Shaper community for a region or sub-region. Though the main target audience of the conference consists of existing members of the Global Shaper community in the region, SHAPE North America will be looking to integrate members of the local community, such as entrepreneurs, civil society representatives, partner organizations and other stakeholder groups.

"We're looking to create a truly Canadian experience,” says Japman Bajaj, Curator of the Calgary Global Shapers Hub. “We want to invite Canada's top companies and the Alberta community to be a part of this unique gathering of North America's most influential group of young leaders."

The theme for this year’s conference will be “SHAPEMore – Minds over Matters”, focused on curated challenges for Global Shapers to leave a global impact while visiting Alberta.

About Global Shapers:
Global Shapers are highly motivated individuals who have a great potential for future leadership roles in society. Through the Global Shapers Community, Shapers are provided with opportunities to connect with the worldwide network of Global Shapers, to network with other World Economic Forum communities, and to represent the voice of youth at World Economic Forum events. Shapers are united by a common desire to channel the members’ tremendous energy and enthusiasm into building a more peaceful and inclusive world.

The Global Shapers Community is one of several multi-stakeholder communities at the World Economic Forum. Other communities include the Young Global Leaders, the Global Agenda Councils, and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs.