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Montréal outranks all other cities in the Americas for international meetings

MONTRÉAL, June 26, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - A new ranking confirms Montréal's continued domination as an international meeting city in the Americas, for a third straight year. Outperforming New York, Chicago, Rio de Janeiroand other major North and South American cities, Montréal topped the International Meetings Statistics for the Year 2013 report released by the Union of International Associations (UIA).

"After being declared last month 2013's leading host city in North America for international conventions by theInternational Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), the UIA now gives us the title of top international meeting city for the Americas as a whole, north and south! That's something to be proud of," indicated Raymond Larivée, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès. "But we did not come by this recognition by accident. We've been ranked Number One three years running. It is a deservedly earned crowning achievement that speaks to the collaborative efforts of the Palais des congrès de Montréal, its Ambassadors and Tourisme Montréal."

"The close working relationship between the teams of the Palais des congrès and Tourisme Montréal is undoubtedly one of the factors driving Montréal's success in the international meeting market," added Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal. "We are very pleased with this top ranking, which obviously points to the outstanding job we're doing meeting the needs of international associations in terms of infrastructure, welcome and attractions. In additional to contributing significantly to the city's economy, these events are also remarkable for further nurturing Montréal's reputation worldwide."

The city's primary venue for major meetings since it opened in 1983, the Palais des congrès hosted 25 international conventions in 2013-2014 with more than 37,000 participants, who helped generate over $82 million in economic benefits for Montréal and the Québec province. Overall, 82 international events took place whether at the Palais or the city's hotels in 2013-2014.

About the UIAThe Union of International Associations, founded in 1907, is a research institute and documentation centre that specializes in researching, compiling and providing information on international organizations and international associations as a means of understanding global issues. Through its ongoing efforts to facilitate recognition of the nature and complexities of the international community of organizations, the UIA has become an advanced, state-of-the-art technical centre in the fields of academia, government and business.

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About the Palais des congrès de Montréal
The mission of the Palais des congrès de Montréal is to attract and host conventions, exhibitions, conferences, meetings and other events. A public institution with a commercial vocation, the Palais generates major economic spinoffs for Québec and has contributed proudly for over 30 years to sharing knowledge and enhancing Montréal's international reputation as a first-rate destination.

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About Tourisme MontréalTourisme Montréal is responsible for providing leadership with regard to the concerted hospitality and promotion efforts aimed at positioning Montréal in leisure and business travel markets. It is also responsible for developing Montréal's tourism product in accordance with changing market conditions.

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Sources Tourisme Montréal and Palais des congrès de Montréal

SOURCE Palais des congrès de Montréal

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Saint-Jacques street: Montreal’s Wall Street

Until the early 1970s Montréal was Canada’s premiere city, and at the end of the 19th century, Saint-Jacques Street was to Montréal what Wall Street is to New York: its financial and commercial core. The development of a new city centre “up on the hill,” however, led to a decline of Old Montréal. Today, thanks to revitalization efforts such as the World Trade Centre, the historic centre of the city has become a sought-after destination. Each year, new business choose it as their home, and the quarter welcomes millions of visitors. In 1672, François Dollier de Casson, superior of the Sulpicians, drew up a new urban map for Ville-Marie and gave names to the new streets. Saint-Jacques Street was possibly named after one of two people. First, Jean-Jacques Olier de Verneuil, one of the founders of the Société Notre-Dame, which itself played a role in the founding of Montréal. Saint- Jacques Street may also refer to Jacques Archambault, one of the city’s first inhabitants, whose property the street bisected. During the second half of the 19th century, Saint- Jacques Street lost its residential character and became the centre of Montréal’s first financial district, a true “Wall Street” of Canada. The head offices of many large financial institutions were located there, with the street soon becoming saturated. With the construction of Place Ville Marie, which opened in 1962, financial institutions slowly began to leave Old Montréal. Saint-Jacques Street has undergone a rebirth since the 1970s, thanks to the administrative sector. Today this major artery is the site of cultural and tourism activities, along with the courthouse and the City of Montréal’s administrative buildings, which bring the street to life.