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About Quebec City tourism industry
- Just over 4 million tourists per year (2019), including over 1.2 million from 75 countries outside Canada
- $1.63 billion in annual tourism spending (2019)
- Approximately 1000 hotel establishments with a total capacity of nearly 16,000 rooms.
Québec City at a Glance
- Founded in 1608 by French explorer Samuel de Champlain
- Recognized as the cradle of French civilization in North America
- A UNESCO world heritage treasure (1985) on account of its heritage site of Old Québec
- The only fortified city north of Mexico
- A unique North-American religious heritage: first catholic parish north of the Spanish colonies, first Anglican cathedral to be built outside the British Isle, and the only Holy Door outside Europe
- An heritage influenced by different nations: Hurons-Wendat, French as well as British and Irish
- Capital of the province of Québec
- Home to a population of 717,000 inhabitants (Greater Québec City Area), 95% of them French-speaking . However, many people, including the vast majority of hospitality industry workers, also speak English
- A very safe city, with one of the lowest crime rates in North America
- Among the world’s best food cities
- Famed for its hospitality and joie de vivre
- Old Québec is easily walkable
- Parks, wildlife reserves, and scenic attractions are minutes away, with a host of outdoor activities available all year round
- Located less than 15 minutes by car from the city center, Montmorency Falls are 30 meters higher than Niagara Falls
- The only ice hotel (Hôtel de Glace) in America
- The Québec Winter Carnival, one of the world’s largest winter festival, has been warming hearts since 1955
- Village Vacances Valcartier is the largest winter playground in North America
- The Honourable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sport and Minister responsible for CED, on March 15 announced a non-repayable contribution of $2.6M for Montréal en Histoires. This CED support will enable it to enhance its tourism offering and thereby participate in the economic development and dynamism of a city hit hard by the pandemic.
- As of March 14, Montreal’s vibrant array of hotels, restaurants, bars, boutiques and malls, museums, theatres, concert and sports venues, popular attractions and more are open at full capacity and ready to serve all comers in a manner that is mindful of safety and security.
- Bars, nightclubs, restaurants, music venues, casinos, breweries, art galleries, zoos, rec centres, amusement parks and sporting events are open and ready to welcome locals and tourists alike.
- All international travellers are now eligible to enter Canada if they qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, regardless of citizenship.
- In July 2021, Eve Paré, head of the Hotel Association of Greater Montreal, said it may be up to two years may be required for the industry to return to pre-pandemic profit levels — and that’s assuming hoteliers can solve an acute worker shortage on short notice.
- The levels of Montreal tourism were routinely breaking records prior to the pandemic, the agency said, adding that the tourism industry, particularly business tourism, was one of the sectors hit hardest by the COVID-19 outbreak and requires continued support if better results are expected for 2022.