STUDY OF SUSTAINABLE TOURISM IN THE OUTAOUAIS REGION
A joint project of Outaouais Tourism, the City of Gatineau and CREDDO
Outaouais, July 14, 2017 - In this International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, as designated by the United Nations General Assembly, Outaouais Tourism, the City of Gatineau and the Conseil régional de l’environnement et du développement durable de l’Outaouais (CREDDO) have joined forces to conduct a study of sustainable tourism in the Outaouais region.
Tourism enterprises in the Outaouais will be contacted to assess their current practices and the potential for implementing sustainable practices. An invitation to complete an online survey will be sent out shortly.
“The results of the study will help us make more informed decisions in terms of sustainable development,” explained Manuela Teixeira, Chair of the Outaouais Tourism board of directors. “Environmental awareness is a core value for many of our members, and for many residents and tourists.”
“The City of Gatineau wants to set an example for residents when it comes to waste management,” noted Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, Mayor of Gatineau. “In terms of events, the City has already implemented several promising initiatives that are current in Quebec. Once we have a profile of sustainable development in the tourism and event industry, we can identify opportunities to improve our waste management practices and encourage greater cooperation among event planners in the Outaouais in order to meet our waste disposal reduction targets for the Gatineau territory.”
“For the past few months, CREDDO has been working with businesses in the region to help them find ways to improve their environmental practices. This study on sustainable tourism ties in with our commitment to making a positive difference in another activity sector. We’re hoping the survey will generate a high response rate,” said Marc Bureau, President of CREDDO.
Highlights of the study:
- Analysis of strengths and weaknesses, challenges and opportunities
- Approximately 100 businesses will be invited to participate in the survey
- Approximately 20 events will be invited to participate in the survey
- Deliverables: A report including the survey results, an analysis, and proposals for partnerships between various tourism industry actors in order to improve waste recovery will be released in fall 2017. As well, an analysis of events hosted by the City of Gatineau will be conducted.
About Outaouais Tourism
Outaouais Tourism is a private, not-for-profit organization created by and for the tourism industry 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.
CREDDO is a preferred contact of environmental, political and economic actors in the Outaouais region. Its core mission is to protect the environment and promote sustainable development through collective action.
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