QUEBEC CITY — The Quebec Convention Centre is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and in the time it has been open, has become a major economic driver for the Québec City area.
On Aug. 29, 1996, the convention facility opened its doors in Québec’s capital, and in the intervening two decades, has hosted 2,719 events, including 1,028 conventions, about one quarter of which were international. These events have generated a total of $1.8 billion in economic spinoffs and $389 million in government tax and tax-related revenues.
“From day one, the Convention Centre has had a major impact in the Québec region, whether it’s in creating jobs or generating 3 million room-nights in hotels and bringing in $436 million in revenues for hotels and restaurants. Not to mention our contribution to putting Québec City on the map as a premier destination for meetings, conventions and events,” said convention centre CEO P.-Michel Bouchard.
In its 20-year history, the convention centre has played host to marquee events that have helped cement the city’s international reputation as a top destination. Examples include Floralies Internationales, the Summit of the Americas, the Summit of la Francophonie, the International Summit of Cooperatives, the 10th SportAccord Convention, and the Winter World Masters Games.
Since it opened, the Québec City Convention Centre has cultivated a roster of repeat clients from such Québec organizations as Fédération québécoise des municipalités, Desjardins Group, Union des producteurs agricoles du Québec, and Association des intervenants en fournitures de bureau.
In the past 20 years, the facility has earned eco accreditation — being certified LEED-CI and EB, BOMA BESt and AIPC Quality Gold — and in 2006, was named World’s Best Congress Centre and finished as a finalist in 2014 (AIPC).
In addition, the convention centre has created and managed the Québec City Business Destination initiative.
It was the first convention centre in Canada to offer turnkey solutions for eco-friendly event planning, and was also the first convention centre in Canada to provide free high-speed WiFi access in all its spaces.