Scared of Crossing the
Canadian Border? Don’t Be.
Although meeting professionals yearn to go to exotic places like Montréal, where attendees can explore a unique destination with splashes
of European culture matched by great food and joie de
vivre, the fears about shipping and customs, visas and
;lights make planners shy away from dipping their toes
in the international event waters.
But Montréal, for the ;ifth consecutive year, has once
again demonstrated its global expertise by being named
the top international business tourism city in the Americas, hosting 108 international events in 2015. Team Montréal, a coalition of the city’s meetings and convention
industry leaders, takes the worry out of planning a trip
across the border. Here’s how.
Holding Your Hand Through Customs. Tourisme
Montréal works with custom brokers like Mendelssohn
Commerce to get your goods to Montréal. Mendelssohn
assists your team with 15-minute webinars to prepare your
exhibitors and presenters. But better yet—you can chat
with their broker, Diane Labbe Deegan, director of events
and marketing, to guide you throughout the entire process.
“We help of;icially register your meeting with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and appoint a customs
broker to handle the paperwork,” Deegan says. “Meeting
planners can just step back and let us take the reins.”
Teaming Up for Site Inspections. Working closely
with Montréal hotels, restaurants and offsite venues,
Tourisme Montréal organizes and accompanies you
through the entire site inspection. They make all the
appointments and arrange your transportation.
Providing Attendance-building Tools. For groups
with 1,200 expected delegates or more, one of Tourisme
Montréal’s convention services managers will assist
with promoting your event by providing a personalized
map with your logo, showing your selected hotels and
convention dates; online videos and e-brochures; customized save-the-date postcards and promotional giveaways; and a conference microsite, delegate promotional
coupons, e-postcards, web banners and more.
Providing Warm Welcomes. Once your group
arrives, Tourisme Montréal helps at the airport, where
a dedicated guide welcomes your delegates and offers
tourist information, and at the Palais des congrès, where
a dedicated welcome desk with a guide gives your
attendees tips and makes restaurant reservations.
Helping You with Social Media. We can complement your social media strategy by using your Twitter
hashtags and retweeting your content to build attendance before your event and providing helpful information and offers to delegates while they are in Montréal.
An International Destination Without a Lot of
Jetlag. Montréal-Trudeau International Airport has more
than 200 U.S. and international ;lights serving over 70
international and 25 domestic cities daily. Over 90 million people live within a two-hour ;light of Montréal.
For more information, contact Tourisme Montréal
at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 230-0001 x 2310. Visit