The City of Ottawa announced Wednesday it has won the bid to host Association of Municipalities Ontario conferences from 2017 to 2020.
“Ottawa has a strong and successful history of hosting the AMO Conference, including the one held here last year,” said Mayor Jim Watson in a statement. “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.”
Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017 seemed to help Ottawa’s bid.
“Ottawa’s world-class conference facilities, scenic sights and so many centralized amenities make it a great place to host the conference,” Nancy Plumridge, AMO’s director of administration and business development, said in a statement. “And there’s no place more fitting to be during Canada’s 150th birthday than the nation’s capital.”
The successful bid translates into 6,800 hotel room nights each year, for 27,200 rooms in total.
The city’s economic development and innovation department’s “Bid more, win more, host more” strategy has seen $40 million pumped into Ottawa’s economy through hosting events.