March 17, 2015
International cruises: the Port of Québec wins “Best Destination Experience” award
Québec, March 17, 2015 – Last night, for the fifth time in its history since 2004, the Québec Port Authority (QPA) won “Best Destination Experience”, awarded annually by the prestigious Cruise Insight magazine. The QPA was awarded the coveted prize at Cruise Shipping Miami, the cruise industry’s biggest conference of the year.
This recognition is awarded to ports that are the highest rated by passengers. Cruise lines vote for the six ports, among hundreds of potential destinations worldwide, that receive accolades from their customers for their experience at a destination. Québec was included among the prestigious circle of cruise ship passengers’ favourite ports, along with five other renowned recipients, namely Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Valencia, Shanghai and Sydney.
“We share this award with all of the stakeholders who help make cruises a success in Québec. Note that since last year’s international cruise forum, government stakeholders, the City of Québec, businesses and all of our other partners have shown their unyielding commitment to continue developing the cruise industry in Québec. Our partners are motivated and involved more than ever before. This award shows that cruise ship passengers are responsive to and enthusiastic about our efforts,” said Mario Girard, President and CEO of the Québec Port Authority.
Cruise forum yields tangible results
In February 2014, the QPA, in partnership with Québec City Tourism, brought together key actors from the cruise industry to take stock of important progress made in the last several years, identify avenues for improvement to maintain this strong economic sector in Québec and prioritize actions to set in place to remain an industry leader. This unifying event allowed all cruise industry actors to agree on means to ensure longstanding continued success.
Growth that benefits the region’s economy
Over the years, the Port of Québec has made progress in leaps and bounds, and in 2014 reached a new record with 109 cruise ships and 180,000 visitors, truly making the Port of Québec the leading port of its kind on the St. Lawrence River. Cruise ship activities in Québec generate $23M in economic impact yearly and also provide an exceptional international spotlight on this destination.
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Assistant Director, Sustainable Development and Community Relations
Québec Port Authority