Québec ranked third among top tourist destinations...
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Québec ranked third among top tourist destinations...

October 19, 2009

Québec, October 19, 2009 – Results shown in the November 2009 issue of Condé Nast Traveler Magazine confirm that Québec City remains a highly popular travel destination in the hearts and minds of its readers. Merits of the Québec City and region were once again confirmed, and Québec City got its best rankings ever from this publication, ranking 3rd among top tourist travel destinations in the Americas (outside the USA), 6th including the USA, and 12th among the world’s top travel destinations.


Québec City thus continues to be considered an exceptional travel destination by readers of this prestigious American publication, and it improves its scores compared to U.S. and world destinations, respectively climbing from 9th to 6th, and from 19th to 12th. The cities that ranked higher than Québec are high-status destinations an international level.


This survey was taken in spring 2009. The visits from media people, the many articles and reports published for Québec City’s 400th anniversary positively contributed to Québec’s reputation. From the compiling of the 25,000 answers to the survey, Québec City clearly stands out.


The Chairman of the Board of Québec City Tourism, Dany Thibault commented, “I am proud to say that year after year Québec remains at the head of the pack of popular world tourist destinations. Having received this honour, Québec must be known and visited, thus the need to increase our promotional efforts. If Québec is overlooked as a travel destination because we did not promote ourselves sufficiently, other destinations will take our place.”


Survey results led Bureau CEO Gabriel Savard to make the following comments, “We are indeed very proud of achievements providing Québec City with prestigious Reader’s Choice standings comparable to Sydney, San Francisco, Buenos Aires, Florence, Rome and Vancouver, and to be ahead of such international destination icons as Barcelona, Chicago and Paris. The Bureau shares responsibility for these highly satisfactory results with all of its stakeholders. Congratulations to everyone, and a very special thanks to each and every person in the Québec City region tourist industry community for their dedication.”


The survey conducted by Condé Nast Traveler (boasting 3 million readers) ranks the top “100 world travel destinations” in the following categories: cities, holiday resort areas, islands, hotels, and cruise ship packages. Readers selected for the poll were required to rate cities on the following criteria: ambiance, cultural expression, site quality, lodging, population empathy, restaurants and shopping. The magazine, whose readers are experienced, knowledgeable, affluent, and sophisticated travellers, is dedicated to the promotion of highly commendable travel destinations since 1988.


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Source:           Sylvie Walter

                        Communication Officer         


418-641-6654, ext. 5482

Sources:   Office du tourisme de Québec

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