A new report says Canadians have no choice but to embrace Quebec because of the province’s rich cultural and sporting heritage.
The report, by the Quebec Association of Sport and Tourism Organizations (QASTO), is the latest of many that highlight the provincial government’s efforts to attract tourists.
The association has also launched a website to promote the province and offer tips for Canadians on how to spend their vacation dollars.
Quebec is a rich place to visit, especially when it comes to its cultural and recreational offerings, says the report.
But it is not a destination that many Canadians will want to spend long hours wandering through a park or watching a soccer match, says David Rochat, executive director of QASTO.
The province has its own unique and special characteristics, says Rochon.
He believes Quebecers have a special affinity for the provincial capital and that its attractions have a much higher profile in the United States.
The new report, entitled “Canadians can’t help but want to visit Quebec: Why not?” highlights the benefits of visiting the province.
“The Québec City region is a beautiful place to spend a weekend.
The beaches are spectacular, the parks are wonderful, the history of Quebec City is great, and the cultural richness and diversity of the region is unparalleled,” said Rochot.
Quebecers want to see the provincial community, and it can’t be done if you’re not a resident of the city, he said.
There is a long list of things that need to be done.” “
We are not in a place where we can say we have a ‘must-do’ list and a ‘do-it-yourself’ list.
There is a long list of things that need to be done.”
The report also highlights the provincial culture’s diversity.
“Quebec City is a melting pot of different cultures and there are different ways of speaking.
The cultural diversity in Quebec City can be incredibly diverse,” said Robert Maitland, executive vice-president of the Quebec Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Rochad’s advice for Canadians visiting Quebec: It is best to get out of the capital city by getting out of town. “
In the end, Quebec is so much more than just a place to go to the movies, to go for a swim, or to watch a soccer game.”
Rochad’s advice for Canadians visiting Quebec: It is best to get out of the capital city by getting out of town.
Quebec City’s downtown is the epicentre of the francophone culture and it’s a very attractive place to be in, he says.
“You can walk down any of the boulevards in Quebec, you can walk along the streets of Montreal, you could just walk up to the Place de la Concorde and you’re in a different world,” said Mait, adding that a trip to Quebec City isn’t just about a visit to the theatre.
It’s also about experiencing the history and cultural identity of the French-speaking part of the country.
Rochats report says there are also cultural events that can be attended and that there are great opportunities to engage with locals.
Quebec’s tourism department, Tourism Quebec, said it does not know how many people visit Quebec annually, but says it expects there are around 50,000 Quebecers who visit each year.
“This is not the first time we’ve heard from people who say, ‘We’re going to visit this province but we’re not going to see anything.’
But the fact that there is this growing interest in the province is good news,” said Marc Bergere, chief of Tourism Quebec’s marketing department.
“There is a growing appetite among Canadians to come and experience the Quebec region, to visit our unique cultural and recreation centres, and to experience the richness of our culture,” he said in an interview.
Quebec has its unique identity, and there is something for everyone, says Bergeres spokesman, Daniel Côté.
“I don’t think it’s anything to do with money, or what you can afford.
It is about how we celebrate the richness and uniqueness of our cultural heritage.”
He added that there’s an increased demand for recreational opportunities in Quebec and tourism has seen an uptick over the last couple of years.
“Tourism is growing at a tremendous rate,” said Côter, adding there are currently 3,000 people working in Quebec’s tourist industry.
“So there are opportunities for those who want to travel to the region, and they’re willing to work hard,” he added.
Ruchat says the tourism sector in Quebec is “well-established, growing, vibrant and well-respected” with more than 400,000 visitors annually.
He expects Quebec’s economy to continue to grow for years to come, with about half of that growth going to the tourism industry.
For Rochait, who has spent his entire career in Quebec as a business executive,