Reasons why event planners love Québec City
Ahhh. Québec City. Event planners and delegates alike fall in love with the city time and again as a one-of-a-kind backdrop for a convention, conference, meeting, incentive program or sports event. But why is Québec City so popular for meetings and events? What makes attendees, sponsors and exhibitors rush to say Oui! the minute organizers announce that an upcoming event will be taking place in Québec City?
Let us count the ways…
European charm without crossing the pond
With its heritage that spans over 400 years, Québec City, Canada, is considered the cradle of French civilization in North America. However, while it was founded in 1608 by French explorer Samuel de Champlain, the city’s historical fabric is woven with an eclectic mix of French, British and First Nations influences. Those influences, combined with modern flair, have created the city’s highly vibrant—and entirely unforgettable—culture. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only fortified city north of Mexico, it is a window to past eras.
Québec City gives event planners a unique opportunity to enable attendees to explore French culture, including attractions, boutiques, museums, activities, exhibits, festivals and more that fire up the city throughout the year and seasons. Event delegates can explore a cultural capital of the world—affordably and without the jetlag! The city offers an amazingly exotic bang for the buck.
As attendees stroll through the picturesque landscapes and admire breathtaking architecture, they will be transported in a world where traditional meets contemporary. Citizens’ joie de vivre and friendly hospitality will win over even the shiest of travellers! And while French is our main language, English is widely spoken.
A fine destination for foodies
Québec City has been voted one of the top ten food cities in the world by Condé Nast Traveler and hailed by many as a must-dine culinary destination that stands out for the variety of its dining options, quality of its local fare and the creative talent of its chefs. For both budding and experienced epicureans, the sheer abundance and diversity of gourmet offerings will dazzle and delight the senses.
For event planners, Québec City’s food and beverage scene is spectacular because suppliers don’t simply provide and execute a menu. Rather, they work hand in hand, fork with fork, with organizers to concoct meals and receptions that will win over attendees’ taste buds and hearts. F&B partners in Québec City are the cream of the crop thanks to their dedication to wowing guests and satisfying appetites.
Accommodations abound for all types of guests
For event planners concerned about attendees getting a good night’s sleep, look no further than Québec City’s impressive array of accommodations. Boasting over 17,000 rooms, Québec City caters to any delegate’s bedtime preference; with leading chain, distinctive and practical hotels in Québec City’s vicinity as well as wellness and outdoor resorts just minutes from downtown, there are so many options to choose from, ranging from one to five stars.
Event delegates will also appreciate how close many of Québec City’s hotels are to conference and convention facilities, off-site venues, restaurants, tourist hot spots, urban parks and more. In fact, Old Québec, where a lot of the city’s action take place, is entirely walkable! Imagine being able to explore the entire city by foot. Now that’s getting up-close-and-personal with the city’s local vibe! For example, the Hilton Québec and Delta Hotel Québec by Marriott are directly linked to the Québec City Convention Centre by indoor passageways. How is that for convenience?
Unique venues that pay tribute to Québec’s epic allure and history
Québec City features a dazzling number of diverse event spaces and off-site venues or receptions. The only challenge? Choosing an off-site venue for your next conference or convention!
The Québec City Convention Centre, Québec’s Exhibition Centre and myriad of hotels offer versatile space for large-scale events and tradeshows that can welcome hundreds of visitors. Think over 795,000 sq. ft. in meeting space!
For savvy and creative event planners, Québec City has fascinating venues that will cause quite a buzz: museums, churches, former drill halls, Québec’s Parliament, archaeological sites, graduation halls, former prisons, observatories, boats and First Nations communities.
Don’t just take our word for it! Québec City has garnered international accolades as one of the best destinations in Canada—and around the world—for both business and leisure travellers. Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure have ranked Québec City in their top listings for many years now. USA Today, Expedia, Flight Network and TripAdvisor have also ranked Québec City as a stellar host city.
Add some ooh la la! to your next event. It all starts with Québec City.