March 30, 2015
$55 million to enhance cruise ship greeting operations at Québec and Montréal
Cruise the Saint Lawrence (CSL) warmly welcomes the announcement of a $55 million investment by the Government of Québec, as set out in the 2015-2016 budget, for passenger greeting infrastructure projects at the ports of Québec ($35 million) and Montréal ($20 million).
"This announcement represents a crucial step in efforts devoted to secure funding and we greatly appreciate the support provided by the Government of Québec," stated Tony Boemi, President of Cruise the Saint Lawrence and Vice-President, Growth and Development at the Port of Montréal. "As our Saint Lawrence ports of call pursue their ambitious goal of providing the best welcome in the world, readers will understand that the cruise experience begins and ends at one or other of our primary gateways to the Saint Lawrence, namely the ports of Québec and Montréal."
Development projects at these two ports of embarkation and disembarkation are key to our being able to support exceptional growth in international cruises in Québec.
In 2015, Destination Saint Lawrence will welcome over 275 000 passengers and 100 000 crew members to our shores, more than double the number of passengers welcomed in 2008. Success of this order requires that we upgrade infrastructure to better provide for ever increasing traffic, while enhancing the overall cruise experience. For this reason, the Port of Montréal seeks to restore both Alexandra Pier and the marine passenger terminal. Commitment by the Government of Québec in this regard is important for seeing plans through to completion. Similarly, at the Port of Québec, greeting infrastructure has been revisited and tailored to better satisfy the requisites of demand.
Destination Saint Lawrence includes nine (9) ports of call designed and poised to handle cruise ship traffic, namely Montréal, Trois-Rivières, Québec, Saguenay, Baie-Comeau, Sept-Îles, Havre Saint-Pierre, Gaspésie and the Magdalen Islands.
Cruise the Saint Lawrence groups together partners committed to the promotion and development of the Saint Lawrence River. The association receives financial support from Economic Development Canada, Tourism Québec and industry partners. The mission of the organization is to position Destination Saint Lawrence with cruise companies by defining and coordinating development efforts and partner/port of call attributes, the ultimate aim being to build a genuine ‘Cruise the Saint Lawrence’ brand.
René Trépanier, Executive Director
T 418 725-0135