The destination has held the first event of the certification support programme, which has been joined by 26 entities.
Last week, Quebec City signed its Charter of Commitment with the Responsible Tourism Institute for a more sustainable tourism in the region, becoming a new member of the Biosphere Community of Destinations, which now totals more than 40 locations worldwide.
The signing took place at the first event of the destination's Biosphere certification support programme, which was joined by 26 companies interested in starting their continuous improvement process. This commitment demonstrates a clear mobilisation and willingness on the part of the tourism sector in the Quebec City region to contribute to the development of a more sustainable destination.
The goal is for these 26 entities to obtain their Biosphere certification by next spring, and all participants will be supported throughout their process by the firm Ellio, in addition to the Destination Quebec Cité team, which will provide unique and personalised support based on the needs and ambitions of the companies.
Robert Mercure, Director of Destination Québec Cité, notes that "Beyond marking an important milestone for our organization, but especially for our destination, I am pleased to see the interest and mobilization of businesses towards more responsible and sustainable tourism, thus contributing to the development of a destination compatible for the future. This first cohort will also create good ambassadors who will motivate their own sector to make a sustainable, responsible, and reality-adapted transition. The launch of this first cohort, and Destination Quebec City's commitment to its own certification process, contribute to positioning Quebec favorably as a destination in action towards sustainability. We are especially proud that this allows us to become the first certified Biosphere destination in eastern Canada and the first francophone destination on track to achieve it".