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    :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: Montreal gets geotourism designation

     

     

    The Gazette

     

    Published: 7 hours ago

     

    Montreal can expect a substantial boost in tourism as a result of becoming the first city to be awarded a geotourism charter by the Washington-based National Geographic Society.

     

    On his first visit here, John Francis, National Geographic's vice-president for research, conservation and exploration, said it was not hard for the multi-media publisher to select Montreal from other unnamed applicants.

     

    "This metropolitan city has and natural assets that appeal to visitors," he said before a signing National Geographic's "geotourism charter" with Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay and other officials today.

     

     

    Montreal, he said, can "stand as a guiding light for protecting cherished resources around the world."

     

    The city's "holistic approach to tourism" is a continuing process.

    Guatemala, Honduras, Norway, Rumania, Arizona, Rhode Island also have been singled by National Geographic out as global destinations.

     

    It recognizes the importance of urban centres to global tourism and rewards those who safeguard the "uniqueness of integrity" of special places.

     

    Special attention is given to architecture, cuisine, neighbourhoods, neighbourhoods, entertainment districts, green spaces, historical, cultural, and urban landscapes.

     

    After his first visit this morning, Francis said he could see Montreal is doing a good job of preserving its heritage and is "worthy of visiting."

     

    National Geographic, through its flagship magazine and other publications, TV channel, and other platforms, is said to reach some 300 million people each month.

     

    About 7.5 million visitors came to Montreal last year, pouring $2.5 billion into the economy

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    Montréal devient la première ville reconnue en géotourisme au monde

     

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    MONTREAL - Montréal a été reconnue jeudi par la société National Geographic, en devenant la première ville au monde à signer la Charte en géotourisme.

    Le choix de Montréal par National Geographic vient souligner le travail accompli en terme de rayonnement touristique mais aussi la collaboration active entre les acteurs touristiques et culturels de la région de Montréal.

    En signant la charte, Montréal s'engage à respecter et à promouvoir les principes qui visent à orienter le développement touristique de la ville dans une approche qui reflète le caractère naturel, patrimonial et culturel du milieu. Elle doir aussi correspondre au Code mondial d'éthique de l'Organisation mondiale du tourisme ainsi qu'aux principes de la Charte internationale du tourisme culturel du Conseil international des monuments et des sites.

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    Montreal can expect a substantial boost in tourism as a result of becoming the first city to be awarded a geotourism charter by the Washington-based National Geographic Society.

     

    I seriously doubt it, with the Canadian dollar at par, Americans will no longer come north of the border like they used to, and liek it or not, that's where we got the VAST majority of our tourists and their dollars!

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    I seriously doubt it, with the Canadian dollar at par, Americans will no longer come north of the border like they used to, and liek it or not, that's where we got the VAST majority of our tourists and their dollars!

    I beg to differ. I work in this businness and I can tell you that I did not see tourism declining in our city despite a downfall of American tourists. There are a whole lot more than them. Mexican, French, Spanish, Germans and a new breed of tourists that will increase in the years to come : Chinese. This will be the new language to learn for young people willing to have a futur in this industry. The Chinese are coming.

    Plus : there is also a new kind of tourism thta is also increasing : the people that are not passing through a travel agent anymore to organise their vacation. So, we have a lot more of individual tourists from all over the world. That has to be taken into account as well.

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