City wins bid to host AMO Conference from 2017 to 2020

City wins bid to host AMO Conference from 2017 to 2020

Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson is pleased to announce that Ottawa has won the bid to host the Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) Conference from 2018 to 2020. This is in addition to hosting the conference in 2017 – Canada’s 150th anniversary.

“Ottawa has a strong and successful history of hosting the AMO Conference, including the one held here last year,” said Mayor Watson. “We are extremely pleased for this opportunity to host the conference again from 2017 to 2020, and showcase our beautiful and accessible city to this prestigious group.”

The bid to win this conference translates into 6,800 room nights for each year, totalling 27,200 room nights confirmed with the contract for 2017 and the three additional years.

“This successful agreement with AMO is testament to the solid team that we have in place at Ottawa Tourism, and the solid relationships that we have with our innovative members and partners,” said Noel Buckley, President and CEO of Ottawa Tourism. “We look forward to hosting AMO members not just in 2017— Canada’s 150th anniversary year—but in the three succeeding years as well.”

“Ottawa’s world-class conference facilities, scenic sights and so many centralized amenities make it a great place to host the conference,” said Nancy Plumridge, AMO’s Director of Administration and Business Development. “And there’s no place more fitting to be during Canada’s 150th birthday than the nation’s capital.”

The “Bid more, win more, host more” strategy – a priority of the Economic Development and Innovation Department – was developed to attract national and world-class events. These events create growth and prosperity in the local economy. Over the last few years, the combination of bids won and events hosted resulted in more than $40 million for Ottawa’s economy.