MONTREAL, June 22, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Montreal has been selected as the host city for the Lions Clubs International Convention to be held June 24-28, 2022. Over 10,000 delegates will attend the event, which is the one of the largest of its kind in the world. The event is expected to generate $ 16 million in tourism spending for the Montreal economy, with more than 30,000 overnight stays in city hotels. Most of the congress activities will take place at the Bell Center and the Palais des congrès de Montréal. This announcement is another happy outcome thanks to the sustained efforts of Événement Affaires Montréal (BEM), the meetings and conventions team of Tourisme Montréal, to revive business tourism in the metropolis.
Lions Clubs International supports humanitarian projects that benefit communities in more than 200 countries and regions. With more than 48,000 clubs and 1.4 million members, Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world. Lions Clubs International’s annual convention was scheduled to be held in Montreal in 2021, but ultimately took place virtually due to pandemic guidelines.
Business tourism plays a vital role in Montreal’s economy and the city is recognized around the world for its excellence in hosting events. Montreal ranks first on the Union of International Associations (UIA) annual list of major host cities for international congresses in the Americas and was named a city of events by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) in North America. In 2019, the city hosted a total of 353 events attracting 915,716 participants, with economic spinoffs of $ 214.5 million and generating 142,041 overnight stays in city hotels. Business tourists represent 15% of visitors but generate 30% of tourism revenue.
Lions Clubs International’s announcement to host its 2022 edition in Montreal is the result of an important behind-the-scenes collaboration between Tourisme Montreal and its partners. Business meetings and conventions have been greatly affected by the pandemic, but there has been a lot of good news since the start of the summer, indicating a strong recovery on the horizon that will allow Montreal to remain at the top of the list. awards.
“We are very proud to announce the return of the Lions Clubs International 2022 annual convention to Montreal after having to cancel this year’s event due to the pandemic. This announcement is the result of extensive behind-the-scenes work by our corporate events team in conjunction with our partners. The arrival of this event reaffirms Montreal as the capital of international events in the Americas thanks to the warm, friendly and safe welcome it offers. The convention will have a definite social impact, reflecting the values of volunteer commitment and mutual aid conveyed by Lions Clubs International, which are sure to resonate with Montrealers.
-Yves Lalumière, CEO of Tourisme Montréal
“What good news for Montreal and our tourism industry. Knowing that in 2022 this kind of congress will take place in our beautiful metropolis is a big boost for our economic recovery and shows us that Montreal has not lost its reputation, despite the pandemic.
-Valérie Plante, mayor of Montreal
“The organizing committee and Lions members from Quebec and the Islands of St-Pierre and Miquelon are proud to welcome members of the board of directors of international Lions clubs and Lions members from over 200 countries and geographic regions to its convention. international of June 24. at 28, 2022 in Montreal, Quebec. We missed our date this year with the global COVID-19 pandemic, but it is only postponed. Come celebrate with us next year after 2 years of absence. Many of us are waiting for you.
-Yves Léveillé, President of the Organizing Committee, Lions Clubs International
“We are very happy to welcome the Lions to the Bell Center from June 24 to 28, 2022 in partnership with Tourisme Montréal. This is a major event that will contribute to the influence of our city by allowing it to position itself as a destination of choice for conferences and other international events.
-France Margaret Bélanger, Executive Vice-President, Chief Commercial Officer at Montreal Canadiens
“We are very happy to see the return of the annual Lions Clubs International convention which was scheduled to take place this year in June 2021 and had been canceled due to COVID-19. The mobilization of all players in the business tourism industry was an asset in relaunching this major congress which will bring together 10,000 delegates in 2022. This good news confirms, once again, that confidence is there. , and that recovery is upon us. Bravo Montreal! First in the Americas for international congresses.
-Luc Charbonneau, Interim CEO, Director of Business Development and Strategic Alliances at the Palais des congrès de Montréal
About Tourisme Montréal
Tourisme Montréal is a 100-year-old private non-profit organization that works to position Montréal as a world-class leisure and business travel destination. Bringing together nearly 1,000 businesses and organizations working directly or indirectly in the tourism sector, Tourisme Montréal plays a leading role in the management and development of the Montréal tourism business and makes recommendations on issues surrounding economic and urban development. and culture of the metropolis. For more information, visit www.mtl.org.
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