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April 28, 2006

Exploratory mission to Alaska

Québec, April 28, 2006 - Close to a dozen people involved in the international cruise industry in Quebec will travel to Alaska next June to compare what that destination can offer with what is available along the Saint Lawrence.  This mission, which is organized by the Saint Lawrence Cruise Association, will include meetings with local stakeholders to exchange ideas about the challenges associated with the developments and land operations involved in welcoming cruise ships.

Managers from ports of call currently being developed on the Saint Lawrence such as Trois-Rivières, Saguenay, Baie-Comeau and Havre-Saint-Pierre will take part in this mission.

International cruise lines are showing more and more interest in the Saint Lawrence and the prospects for the development of these new ports of call have aroused great interest.

Development of the cruise industry in Alaska, which began barely fifteen years ago, has thoroughly transformed the destination that now welcomes some 1.5 million passengers each year, compared with only 100,000 along the Saint Lawrence.

This mission aims to prepare a global projection of what the Saint Lawrence might become as a destination and to gain a better understanding of the specific needs linked to the responsibilities and challenges of individual ports of call.

Is the Saint Lawrence likely to become the new Alaska East?
The mission will make it possible to provide some answers to this question.

René Trépanier, Executive director
Telephone: 418 725 0135

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