The International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations (IFALPA), representing some 100,000 pilots worldwide, has signed a strategic partnership with Tourisme Montréal, confirming that it will host three IFALPA Conferences—in 2023, 2028 and 2033—in the city. More than 1,500 representatives will converge upon Montréal over the next 15 years, which is excellent news for the leading city for international events in North America.
"We are very proud to have the privilege of hosting this prestigious event on three occasions. We look forward to forging ties with the IFALPA and to offering their attendees unforgettable experiences in our city." says Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal.
With this decision in its 70th anniversary year, IFALPA sets a milestone in its engagement with the civil aviation community of Greater Montréal. IFALPA moved its headquarters from the UK to Montréal about six years ago, to be closer to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and many other key aviation stakeholders.
"While many international organizations think about what legacy to leave with their major events rotating annually around the globe, this agreement allows us to establish a permanent footprint in the city known as the world capital of civil aviation," states IFALPA President Captain Ron Abel.
A highly successful conference hosted in the Federation's hometown in 2017 became the starting point for reflections on how to make the organization of these 5-day events more efficient. Instead of reinventing the wheel every year by exploring new venues, accommodations, suppliers and sponsors, returning quinquennially to Montréal make it possible to cultivate partnerships. "This is a win-win for everybody," summarizes Christoph Schewe, IFALPA's Managing Director, "We know the location, we save on travel expenses for staff and we can build on established partnerships, which frees up resources. We greatly appreciate the trust that Tourisme Montréal places in the Federation and the fundamental support they offer to us for the road ahead."
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