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Québec City named 3rd top nop north american destination by readers of the prestigious travel...

July 28, 2009

Québec City, July 28, 2009. Québec City always holds a special place in the hearts and travel memories of readers of the prestigious American Travel + Leisure magazine. The city and its surrounding area was once again praised for its qualities as a tourist destination, ranked the 3rd top tourist destination in North America and the 19th top destination in the world. 


In fact, the magazine’s readers continue to rate Québec City as an exceptional destination. The only two cities that outranked it, San Francisco and New York, are of international calibre. In short, classics that are still as coveted as ever. Québec City’s Auberge St-Antoine was also lauded, ranking 3rd in the hotel category.


The city has gained ground since 2008, when it was the 6th top destination. Chicago dropped three spots compared to last year, from 3rd place to 6th. Québec City therefore switched places with the Windy City, one of the trendiest urban destinations in the U.S. According to Dany Thibault, chairman of the Québec City Tourism: “This acknowledgement is undoubtedly related to the city’s 400th anniversary celebrations and the unprecedented promotional efforts we made on the American market in 2008.”


Gabriel Savard, director of Québec City Tourism, also commented on the results: “We should be proud to be on the same level as cities like San Francisco and New York and to beat renowned destinations like Chicago, Paris, Barcelona, Vienna and Prague. It is thanks to a joint effort that we climbed to a top spot in this prestigious list. Hats off to the people involved in the Québec City’s tourism industry!”


The far-reaching study was conducted from January to March 2009 in partnership with the American firm Harris Interactive. In the February and March issues, all of the magazine’s readers were invited to participate and some even received an invitation by e-mail. Cities all around the world were evaluated for their scenery, culture, way of life, dining, cuisine, friendliness, values and shopping. 


The Québec City Tourism is both a regional tourism association and an administrative service of the City of Québec. It has over 1 050 members. The Québec City Tourism’s mission is to guide and animate the expansion of the tourism industry and contribute to its economic prosperity through marketing, development, tourist hospitality and information.


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Source:           Daniel Gagnon                                                Anne Douville,

                        Director of Communcations                           Public Relations

                        Office du tourisme de Québec                      

Sources:   Office du tourisme de Québec

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