Planning a conference or convention in 2019? Looking to add some extra oh-la-la to your event to boost your attendance levels and delegate appreciation?
Then say “Bonjour!” to Québec City.
Québec City, Canada, the cradle of French civilization in North America, has carved out an enviable reputation for itself as a top host city and bleisure destination for discerning event planners who want to create a one-of-a-kind experience for attendees.
Why choose Québec City? Here are the top 10 irrefutable reasons for organizing your next event in Québec City.
1. Traveling to and around Québec City is easy.
Whether by plane, train, bus, or car, Québec City is easily accessible via many North American hubs and roadways. For example, it’s only a 1.5-hour direct flight from New York City. Jean Lesage International Airport is located only 20 minutes from downtown, meaning that delegates can quickly get to their accommodations or event venue.
What’s more, if you’re organizing an event at the Québec City Convention Centre, located downtown, a wide selection of hotels and restaurants — as well as many tourist hot spots — are just a few steps away. Québec City is a compact, walkable city, which makes it very convenient for attendees to get around.
2. It’s an affordable city.
Québec City has all the amenities of a metropolis — while remaining accessible for any type of budget. The city is perfect to give attendees a taste of European culture without breaking the bank. It features many cost-effective hotels, venues, transportation options, and offsite activities. In addition, the exchange rate is good for travelers from around the world.
3. The unique venues will dazzle your attendees.
Impress your event attendees with Québec City’s array of unique venues you simply can’t find anywhere else, from museums to refurbished churches and monasteries, the Parliament Building itself to a luxurious castle and the iconic Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. There are so many venues to choose from, the only limit is your imagination.
4. The food will blow your taste buds.
Simply put, food in Québec City is outstanding. Voted as one of the best destinations in the world for foodies, the city is a smorgasbord of dining options that are sure to please all palates. Whether your attendees want to discover timeless French Canadian cuisine or the flavors of the city’s take on modern fare, Québec City stands out for its chefs’ creativity, commitment to using local products, and unbeatable refinement.
5. Enjoy four seasons of festivities and fun.
Immerse your delegates in one of Québec City’s fascinating four seasons. Throughout the year, it plays host to a kaleidoscope of cultural, artistic, and sports events. On top of attending the many festivals, you can plan memorable offsite activities in the downtown area itself or just minutes outside the city.
Try skiing and dog sledding in the winter. Organize a sugaring-off party in spring. Take a cruise on the St. Lawrence River or cool off at a water park in the summer. Schedule a tour to local agri-food businesses and marvel at the foliage in fall. Anytime of year is the perfect time to visit Québec City.
6. Explore 400 years of history on foot.
Québec City is meant for walking. Delegates can explore Old Québec, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city’s must-see cultural, historical, and natural attractions on foot. As they wind through cobblestone streets, observe centuries-old architecture, and explore quaint shops, cafes, and restaurants, event attendees will be immersed in old-world charm and a European heritage that spans over 400 years.
7. It’s an excellent destination for adrenaline-seekers.
The great outdoors and adventure await in Québec City! Get your delegates’ hearts pumping with sports activities year-round at natural venues and high-end facilities in the city center or less than a half-hour drive from downtown. Québec City is regularly center stage for international championships and sports competitions, too, which adds a thrilling vibe throughout the city.
8. Opportunities for bleisure abound.
Québec City is an ideal bleisure destination for delegates craving some downtime before or after an event. The city brims with a thriving arts and heritage scene, spas, and outdoor fun to unwind. The area is also full of awesome family activities, should delegates be traveling with their spouses and kids. The Aquarium du Québec, indoor amusement parks, shopping galore, and children-friendly tours are just some of the wonderful times to be had.
9. Québec City loves being green.
Québec City prides itself on offering many sustainable options — including the Québec City Convention Centre and other green venues, hotels, and suppliers — for planners looking to make their events more eco-friendly. Clean and picturesque, the city also boasts many green spaces and parks that add a verdant touch to the cityscape.
10. Québec City is synonymous with warm hospitality.
Québec City locals have a joie de vivre you cannot find anywhere else. Friendly, ope,n and kind, Québecers go out of their way to help visitors. Don’t let your lack of French skills deter you from holding your event in Québec City; English is widely spoken in tourist neighborhoods, and the French go out of their way to make everyone feel welcome.