Montréal has a long history of being a favourite destination among event professionals. This is largely because the city offers easy accessibility and a vast array of cultural activities. It’s also because Montréal has always been a safe city. In fact, a recent ranking among 20 of the largest metropolitan areas in the USA and Canada indicated that Montréal was the safest.
This year has presented some fresh challenges for the events industry. But one thing remains a constant: hosting future meetings in Montréal is an attractive option because of the forward-thinking measures in place by various levels of government and health officials.
Eventually we’re going to gather again — and Montréal is making sure all of its ducks are in a row. As part of this preparation, they have created and shared a list of health protocols that streamline important information regarding events in the city.
To serve as a bridge between evolving government regulations and the eager events industry, Business Events Montréal (BEM) created a health committee. The committee includes representatives from BEM, major and independent hotel chains, the Palais des congrès de Montréal (the local convention centre), Montréal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL), and other service providers. One of the major results of this vital committee is a resource entitled Our 720° Safety Protocol.
Why 720°? Because they’ve made a 360° tour to ensure that everything is safe — and they’ve made it twice.
Simply defined, Our 720° Safety Protocol is a list of important information pertaining to planning meetings and events in Montréal. The health protocol exists as a public reference document that includes government and public health requirements, suggestions for measures to lower the risks inherent in gatherings, safety standards at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, as well as initiatives launched by hotels, and other local stakeholders.
The overall objective is to continue to ensure that meetings and events hosted in Montréal are safe, successful, and worry-free.
What it means for you
It can be a lot of work to keep up with shifting landscapes of travel advisories, health restrictions, and behavioural etiquette. BEM has done the legwork so that planners (and their clients) will have a single place to get a wide scope of information. Accurate information is vital in making the best decisions, and as such, Our 720° Safety Protocol offers clear, actionable information so that, when event professionals are ready, they can move forward with planning events.
The goal here is to make sure Montréal remains just as safe as it has always been — even after the globe-changing events of 2020. When you’re ready to start planning, BEM is ready to help you.
To learn more, visit meetings.mtl.org/safetyprotocol