Economic newsletter – October 2010, volume 4, number 2

Tourism

Quebec to host the fifth Universal Forum of Cultures

Quebec will be co-hosting the 2016 Universal Forum of Cultures along with the city of Amman, Jordan. The decision was made following the signing of an agreement by the mayors of Quebec City and Amman in Barcelona last September. The decision will be officially announced in December at the closing ceremony of the 2010 Forum, which will be held in Valparaiso, Chile.

UCI ProTour’s first Quebec City Cycling Grand Prix

Held from September 7-10, the Quebec City Cycling Grand Prix brought together more than 400 participants representing the world’s cycling elite, including 173 racers. Quebec City will be hosting this international competition for the next five years as part of ongoing efforts to attract international sporting events to the capital.

Quebec City and its partners adopt an international cruise positioning strategy

Announced on September 28, this $1.9 million project is aimed at positioning Quebec City as a unique and authentic destination offering a world-class combination of cultural, heritage and nature experiences unlike anywhere else in North America. The implementation of this strategy ties in with the ACCORD initiative in the Quebec City region and will be carried out by Quebec International.

11 more international conventions for Quebec City

The summer of 2010 turned out to be an outstanding one for sales at the Quebec City Convention Centre, with agreements concluded to host 11 more international conventions, bringing the total to 24 by March 2016. These major events will generate approximately $22 million in economic benefits.

ISPIM selects Quebec City for its third international symposium, hosted by the INO

The National Optics Institute (INO) will be hosting 200 delegates at the third symposium organized by the International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM), which will be held at the Quebec City Convention Centre from December 12-15. The theme for the symposium will be Managing the Art of Innovation: Turning Concepts into Reality.

Quebec City Summer Festival: best in Canada, according to CHART Attack

Buoyed by the high-energy presence of the Black Eyed Peas and Rammstein’s exclusive appearance in North America, the Quebec City Summer Festival was a resounding success, with the CHART Attack website (associated with CHART Magazine) naming it the “best and coolest music festival in Canada”.