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July 12, 2012
Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto recognized at City Council
Toronto City Council recognized the positive economic impacts of the Microsoft Corporation's Worldwide Partner Conference currently taking place in Toronto with a ceremony and presentation at this week's City Council meeting.

Mayor Rob Ford delivered welcoming remarks on behalf of Council to Mike Tremblay, VP of Public Sector for Microsoft Canada, and presented a congratulatory scroll.

"We are delighted that Microsoft has again chosen Toronto - the only location selected outside of the U.S. - for its conference," said Mayor Ford. "As the largest corporate meeting ever to be hosted in Toronto, this conference greatly enhances Toronto's economy and its overall worldwide reputation as a centre for business and technology."

Microsoft's annual Worldwide Partner Conference, taking place until July 13, is estimated to have an economic impact for the city of more than $52 million. More than 16,000 delegates from 156 countries (the largest number ever for the conference) are attending. Over 50,000 hotel room nights have been booked at 32 hotels in the downtown and airport area.

While the main conference activities are taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and at the Air Canada Centre, more than 500 affiliated events will occur during the conference at venues throughout the Toronto region.

"Having Microsoft select Toronto to host this prestigious conference not only benefits Toronto's economy, but it also makes the city more desirable internationally as a conference and convention destination," said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City's Economic Development Committee.

Meetings and conventions are a lucrative and competitive sector that is a vital part of the tourism economy of the Toronto Region. Conventions generate spending on a range of services and businesses including meeting facilities, hotels, restaurants, retail, attractions and taxis. In 2010, meetings and conventions injected $495 million into the local economy.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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