OUTAOUAIS TOURISM ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
RCMs in the spotlight!
Outaouais, June 14, 2018 – Delegates attending Outaouais Tourism's 37th annual general meeting (AGM) proceeded to the election of the organization's 2018-19 board of directors, chaired by Geneviève Dumas, who was first elected to the board in fall 2017. “It's a real privilege to represent the members of Outaouais Tourism,” said Ms. Dumas.
Six new directors were mandated at the meeting, which was held at the Quality Inn & Suites in Gatineau.
2018–2019 Board of Directors
The board members elected at the 2018 AGM is composed of:
Representing the Vallée-de-la-Gatineau RCM
Representing the Papineau RCM
Representing the Collines-de-l'Outaouais RCM
Representing the Pontiac RCM
One director elected from among OT members collecting the accommodation tax
Two directors appointed by the City of Gatineau
2018–19 Executive Committee
Chair: Geneviève Dumas
RCMS PROMINENTLY REPRESENTED
A special feature at this year's AGM, the RCMs were invited to present their summer offer to their industry colleagues in a setting resembling a trade fair. “It's crucial that we highlight the RCMs, whose outdoor offer, in particular, forms an integral part of our destination's DNA,” noted Outaouais Tourism general manager France Bélisle. “Our tourist advisors present the vast regional offer, but it's just as important that the entire Outaouais tourism industry be familiar with the many attractions throughout the territory.”
2017 in Review
In her annual report, Outaouais Tourism chair Geneviève Dumas reviewed the successes of last summer. “2017 was unique and exceptional—a record year for many, thanks in large part to the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation,” she remarked. For example:
For the full year, the Outaouais was the Quebec region that recorded the largest increase in accommodation bookings (note: linked document in French only), ahead of Montreal, Laval and Quebec City. The region's recognition index also increased, from 16% in 2016 to 19% in 2017, according to a survey of the Montreal market conducted by Substance Strategies.
Major projects featured last year and continuing this year include positioning the Outaouais as a gateway to Quebec, developing the Maison du tourisme's mandate as a National Infotourist Centre covering all of Quebec, and maintaining the Outaouais Tourism Development Program, which is now well established.
Ms. Dumas also highlighted the increased collaboration between Outaouais Tourism and several key partners, including Ottawa Tourism and the Alliance de l'industrie touristique du Québec (AITQ), which will welcome her to its board of directors as a representative of the Outaouais. She also applauded, on behalf of all the directors and members of Outaouais Tourism, the hard work and dedication of Manuela Teixeira, who stepped down from the board after ten years of service, including four years as chair (2013-2017). At the 2017 AMM, Ms. Teixeira took on the role of vice-chair in order to ensure a smooth transition of governance.
About Outaouais Tourism
Outaouais Tourism is a private, not-for-profit organization created by and for the tourism industry over 35 years ago. A preferred contact and partner of the Quebec government in the tourism field, Outaouais Tourism contributes to the region's economic development by coordinating regional tourism plans and projects, visitor services, information, marketing and development.
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