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Montreal was named the top destination in North America for hosting international association events, according to the official 2011 rankings set out by the Union of International Associations.

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The Palais des Congrès hosts thousands of conference-goers every year.

“Montréal’s high ranking is a fitting demonstration of our city’s excellence and our capacity to meet the needs of major international associations in terms of infrastructure, hosting and entertainment,” said Charles Lapointe, president and CEO, Tourisme Montréal. “I’d like to congratulate the Palais des Congrès and Tourisme Montréal teams, who earned this success through their strong work.”

As the principal host location in Québec for major international meetings and as a 2011 finalist for the APEX award for world’s best convention center, the Palais des Congrès hosts thousands of conference-goers every year and generates major intellectual and economic spinoffs for Montréal and Québec.

“We are very proud of our ranking. This title, combined with our recent 90 percent score for customer service quality, indicates that Montréal and the Palais remain among the world’s best-loved destinations,” said Marc Tremblay, president and CEO, Palais des Congrès de Montréal. “In addition to having top-notch staff, the Palais is recognized for our city center location, the quality of our multifunctional spaces, and our quality-to-price ratio.”

Montréal ranked first among all destinations in North America, beating out the continent’s other major cities, including Washington, New York and Boston as well as Toronto and Vancouver.

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