COVID-19: the tourist guide of Quebec and Montreal want to offer free spins

COVID-19: les guides touristiques de Québec et Montréal veulent offrir des tours gratuits

To revive a tourism industry heavily banged up, a tourist guide of Quebec city and Montreal are calling for the establishment of a government-funded initiative that would allow them to offer their services free of charge.

The Association of guides of tourism of Quebec (AGTQ) and the professional Association of tourist guides of Montreal (APGT) have a project in mind, they have submitted to the minister of Tourism, Caroline Proulx, the two tourism Offices, as well as to the mayors of the capital and the city, Régis Labeaume, and Valerie Plante.

It is a project called “Follow the guide in Quebec city and Montreal”. “Our project aims to lead to economic benefits for the tourist industry of Quebec and Montreal, attracting tourists from all Quebec regions in the capital and the metropolis, through free visits funded by the government,” indicated by way of a press release, the presidents of the AGTQ and the APGT, Claude Beauchamp and Louis Trudel.

“The two associations of tour guides wants to concretely support the efforts to revive the tourism industry while offering opportunities for return to work to their more than 500 members hit hard by the effects of the pandemic.”

They offer group tours led by certified guides who would be free and which would comply with the sanitary rules. Visitors reserve their place through a partner agency of the Office of tourism. The towers would be offered as soon as the border reopened to travel, non-essential and would be held until the end of 2020.

The two associations argue that their initiative would be to increase the number of hotels, restaurants, shops and other attractions strongly shaken by the crisis.

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