The tourist community wants a deconfinement plan

The Mayor of Montreal, Tourisme Montreal and the SDC Montreal Centre-Ville are asking for a deconfinement schedule to have a little more predictability for the coming weeks.

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A decision requested to help large events that need several months to prepare their events.

“We are in tow, when I say that I am afraid that we will miss the boat, that’s because we absolutely must for the cultural, event, hotel and restaurant environment give them this predictability which they have much needed,” explained Mayor Plante.

Moreover, about fifty conventions have already canceled their events in the metropolis, which represents tens of millions of dollars in benefits for the City.

“Last year, it was a different context and I think we understand very well, but this year we tell ourselves that Montreal must not find itself isolated again and we want to continue to to be a destination of choice as we always have been,” she said.

The great concern of the partners is to lose long-term events since they had to relocate again.

“Our positioning on the world stage has taken decades to develop. If today we have a convention center that is capable of hosting world-class events, world-renowned hotels, internationally recognized gastronomy, events that go around the world, it is because we we have a whole ecosystem that has worked together, so yes there is a real risk of losing our advantage,” says Glenn Castanheira, general manager of the SDC Montréal Centre-Ville.


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