Samantha Whitehorne is editorial director of Associations Now in Washington, DC.
Canada's second-largest city features European flavor and venues that will up your meetings game.
If you have convenience and European flair in mind, montreal may be the perfect spot for your association's next conference.
|Montreal Fast Facts|
Recent and Future Association Meetings: 2014 Canadian Neuroscience Meeting, 23rd World Congress of Political Science, Canadian Association of Radiologists' 77th Annual Scientific Meeting
Hotel Rooms: 15,000
Convention Center Exhibit Square Footage: 550,000
Distance From Airport to Downtown: 20 minutes
What Else?: No building in Montreal can be taller than the cross on Mount Royal Mountain, the triple-peaked hill located in the heart of the city.
Accessible convention center. Located downtown and linked to 4,000 hotel rooms by the city's underground pedestrian network, the Palais des congrès de Montréal features more than 550,000 square feet of exhibition space, 113 meeting rooms, and three terraces. The Palais is also considered "in bond" by Canada Customs and acts as a customs clearance point, eliminating red tape.
Venues that inspire innovation. The Phi Centre, a four-floor "smart" hub for the arts, is housed in two historic buildings in Old Montreal and features cutting-edge technology that can adapt to various activities, including conferences and interactive installations. In addition, L'Arsenal houses a public exhibition hall where visitors can admire private art collections and features a 20,000-square-foot main hall that can be divided in numerous ways to suit all projects and events.
Traveler-friendly airport. Montréal-Trudeau International Airport is Canada's third busiest, with more than 30 airlines and 630 nonstop flights to 27 U.S. airports every week. The airport offers free WiFi throughout, as well as an art gallery and 85 boutiques, restaurants, and other retail options.
Samantha Whitehorne is deputy editor at Associations Now in Washington, DC. Email:[email protected]