Quebec City Travel Newsletter for April 2008

A newsletter from Québec City Tourism
April 4, 2008, Vol. 5, no. 4
Québec 2008: Join in the festivities!
It is in 1608, on the banks of the St. Lawrence River in Québec City, that the history of the first French colony in North America began. 400 years later, Québec City is celebrating its anniversary with a full year of festivities. Exclusive shows by Céline Dion, Cirque du Soleil, other large-scale events and highly anticipated performances by Charles Aznavour, Fergie, Yes and Linkin Park are sure to delight spectators. Celebrate with us on July 3, 2008, the day of Québec City's anniversary and the opening of the summer festival. For details, go to

Québec plein la rue, A Sight to See
Québec plein la rue (Québec City takes to the streets) will celebrate the city's foundation on July 3, 4 and 5, 2008. Some of the largest international street art troupes will come together to show off the city's beauty in spectacular and exclusive performances. Featuring pyrotechnics in the middle of the river (Pointe-à-Carcy), a show extending to the roofs and fronts of buildings on Boulevard René-Levesque and an enchanting and mysterious aquatic show.

Roxanne St-Pierre
Société du 400e anniversaire de Québec
648-2008, # 560
[email protected]


The Summer Festival to Feature Big Stars
The Plains of Abraham are sure to attract record numbers of visitors this summer thanks to the 400th anniversary edition of the Festival d'été de Québec. The vast urban park will be the site of an outdoor concert headlining Mes Aïeux, Charles Aznavour, Lynda Lemay, Fergie, Yes and Linkin Park from July 3 to 13, 2008. As it does every year, the summer festival will also feature talented Quebec artists and musical styles from around the world!

Paulette Dufour
Communications Paulette Dufour
418 525-5455
[email protected]

Steve Deschênes

The Louvre Comes to Québec City
Group reservations

Le Louvre à Québec. Les arts et la vie will be on from June 5 to October 26, 2008 at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. This large-scale exhibit will shed light on the diversity and quality of the Louvre's art collection containing relics of Oriental, Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman origin. Reservations are required for groups. Please contact Isabelle Rathé for the specific group reservation procedure.

Isabelle Rathé
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
418 644-6460, # 5547
[email protected]

Artwork from the Louvre Museum. Photo: Pierre Philibert

Plaines lunes Event
Presented in celebration of the National Battlefield Commission's 100th anniversary, the Plaines lunes, The Plains of Abraham Epic will tell the story of the site's 400 year history, from the arrival of the first explorers to the park as we know it today. Held on the Plains of Abraham from August 13 to 17, 2008, nearly 2 000 costumed performers will bring history to life. Tickets are available now on the Billetech network. For more information, click here.

Joanne Laurin
Commission des champs de bataille nationaux
418 649-6251
[email protected]

Québec City - Need ONE, TWO, THREE.....ROOMS?
If you are sending a group to Quebec City and can't find from your preferred suppliers the number of rooms you are looking for, the Quebec City Tourism can help you! Send us an e-mail with the following information:

- Name of hotels that you have already contacted
- The number of rooms you are looking for with the breakdown in single, double, twin, etc.
- Dates of arrival and departure
- Price range in CAD dollars
- Meals requirement
- Your name, company name, phone, fax, e-mail

We will send a lead to all other hotels responding to your criteria. Hotels with space will contact you directly.

François-Jean Viel
Office du tourisme de Québec
641-6654, poste 5422
[email protected].com

"La Grande Bouffe de Québec"
Mark your Calendar! Rendez-Vous Canada 2008

Quebec City and its partners will be hosting "La Grande Bouffe de Québec" dinner, on Thursday, May 22, 2008 in Vancouver. This event will take place two days before Rendez-vous Canada in Vancouver in a Culinary School. During dinner, you will meet with suppliers of Québec City and you will be asked to be the judge for a special dessert made of maple syrup. Fifteen "future Chefs" will prepare for you their own creation. You will have the opportunity to choose the best one! Space is limited. To receive your invitation, please contact François-Jean Viel.

François-Jean Viel
Office du tourisme de Québec
641-6654, poste 5422
[email protected].com

Quebec City "A Vos Gardes" Familiarisation Tour
August 20 to August 24, 2008

Québec City International Festival of Military Bands and Québec City Tourism are pleased to invite you to their Québec City 2008 Familiarization Tour. During this fam tour, discover Québec City's history and meet with some of the city's most reliable tourist service suppliers and get ready for 2009! Enjoy international artistic shows and many more surprises! To receive your invitation, please contact François-Jean Viel. We look forward to welcoming you!

Priority will be given to people who have never been to Québec City. One room per company only. First come, first served!

François-Jean Viel
Office du tourisme de Québec
641-6654, poste 5422
[email protected].com

Meet us at the Following Events!
Ottawa's Travel and Vacation show
April 5 and 6
Ottawa, ON
Contact: Martin Lachance

Moutain Travel Symposium
April 6 to 12
Vail, CO
Contact: Martin Lachance

Canada Media Market Place
April 7 to 10
Los Angeles, CA
Contacts: Paule Bergeron and Richard Séguin

Toronto Travel & Leisure Show
April 11 to 13
Toronto, ON
Contact: Martin Lachance

Showcase Canada Denver
April 15 to 18
Denver, CO
Contact: Hélène Pomerleau

Salon Fête de l'été
April 18 to 20
Québec, QC
Contact: Martin Lachance

MPI Kinebition
April 22 to 24
Toronto, ON
Contact: Régis Fleury

Conference Direct Annual Partner Meeting
April 30 to May 1
Nouvelle-Orléans, LA
Contact: Nancy Dacres

Meetings Professionals International (MPI)
« Prestige Awards Gala » and Promotional visit
April 29 to May 1
Ottawa, ON
Contact: Suzanne Roy

Promotional visit
May 5 to 9
New York, NY
Contact: François-Jean Viel

Promotional visit
May 20 to 23
Vancouver, BC
Contact: François-Jean Viel

Rendez-vous Canada Vancouver
May 24 to 28
Vancouver, BC
Contacts: François-Jean Viel and Katie Lepage

Promotion Via Montréal
May 28
Montréal, QC
Contact: Martin Lachance

Promotion Via Toronto
May 29
Toronto, ON
Contact: Martin Lachance

Canadian Travel Media Event
May 7 to 9
Boston, MA
Contact: Paule Bergeron

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