(Montreal) Quebec will invest an additional $214 million to support the growth of the tourism industry in 2023.
The Minister of Tourism, Caroline Proulx, made the announcement in front of more than 600 delegates gathered at the Assises du tourisme, which takes place Thursday at the Palais des Congrès in Montreal.
Of the sum, 210 million will be distributed over three years to continue the development of the various tourist attractions in Quebec. This includes the renewal of the Support Program for the Development of Tourist Attractions, where 60 million will be available annually in the form of loans and loan guarantees.
The Tourism Industry Recovery Assistance Program is increased by $30 million.
In addition, $4 million has been allocated by the Minister to extend the Explore Québec on the Road program, whose deadline has been postponed to March 31, 2025. The program envelope therefore reaches $17 million for this year.
“The tourism industry is an important driver of economic development for Quebec. We believe in it, and that is why we are investing in it. We want to once again raise this sector to the list of Quebec’s main export products, increase tourist spending by international visitors and double that of business tourism,” said the Minister.
“To do this, we work with all of our partners, particularly as part of our annual meetings, in order to face the current challenges of the industry and to adopt a strategy for the sustainable growth of tourism in Quebec. . »