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Toronto expects boost from Microsoft conference

Toronto will play host to one of its biggest conferences next year after Microsoft Corp. said it planned to meet in the city in 2012.

City to host software maker's meeting in 2012

Toronto will play host to one of its biggest conferences next year after Microsoft Corp. said it planned to meet in the city in 2012.

The big software maker said it planned to hold its Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto from July 9 to July 13.

More than 15,000 people are expected to attend the Toronto conference, representing technology companies in 130 countries.

Toronto tourism officials said this is major coup for the city, with an estimated $52 million injected into the economy during the event.

"This is going to be a real economic infusion for the city and the region and that is why we are so excited about it," Andrew Weir, a spokesman for Tourism Toronto, told CBC's Metro Morning.

"We're ready to host this meeting. I think we have some of the finest facilities in the world here and we're looking forward to showcasing those."

Weir estimates about 50,000-hotel room nights at some 32 hotels will be occupied during the conference making it the largest corporate event ever held in Toronto.

While most of the activities will be situated around the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and the Air Canada Centre, many other venues will be involved as more than 500 events take place during the conference.

"This is a major win for the GTA and Ontario — it will put us front and centre on the world map, while boosting support for jobs, the economy and increased tourism," said Laura Albanese, MPP for York South-Weston.

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