IATA forum gives Montreal a boost

From April 16 to 18, Montréal will host the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Ops Forum 2007, to be held at the Palais des congrès in the city centre. For three days, more than 1,000 delegates and 400 exhibitors will take part in numerous conferences, plenary sessions and workshops focussing on sound security and management in the aviation industry.

“We are proud that our beautiful city has been chosen to host this major convention, which brings together key players from the international aviation industry,” says Charles Lapointe, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal. “Although Montréal has been the head office of the prestigious organization for over 60 years, many participants will be discovering the city’s many charms for the first time. It represents a great opportunity for our tourism industry to treat guests to Montréal’s renowned hospitality while benefiting from economic spin-offs estimated at $1.5 million,” adds Mr. Lapointe.

Founded in Havana in 1945, today IATA counts some 270 airline companies, which represent 94% of air traffic around the globe. Its mission is to develop airline travel while applying international regulations and standards and holding stakeholders accountable.

Tourisme Montréal is responsible for providing leadership in the concerted efforts of hospitality and promotion in order to position the 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.