MONTREAL, Feb. 17, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - It's been 34 years, but the Canadian Women's Curling Championship, otherwise known as the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, is slated to return to Montréal. Twelve teams of elite players will
vie for the national championship title at the Maurice Richard Arena
next February 2014. It goes without saying that Tourisme Montréal is thrilled to welcome this sporting major event that will have
significant economic impact on our city in addition to showcasing
Montréal to the rest of Canada.
Responsible for promoting Montréal as a destination to different
markets, Tourisme Montréal works to develop business opportunities in
the world of sport. In order to attract national and international
sporting events to Montréal, the Montréal tourism bureau works in
conjunction with important partners, including Tourisme Québec, the City of Montréal, the MAMROT and the Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport.
"One of Canada's most popular sporting events, the Canadian Women's Curling Championship represents a potential of some 1,500 room nights in Montréal hotels, to
which we can also add auxiliary tourist expenditures. Above and beyond
the economic spin-off it will generate, this event constitutes an
exceptional opportunity for our city to shine in the eyes of federated
sport," underlines the Honourable Charles Lapointe, President and Chief
Executive Officer of Tourisme Montréal.
Unbeknownst to many, Montréal is actually where curling began in Canada.
In fact, Canada's first organized curling club was formed in Montréal
in 1807. Today, curling continues to be a popular pastime in the
province, with many of Canada's curling champions hailing from Quebec.
"This is indeed a unique opportunity for athletes from across the
country to play where it all began, in the historical centre of curling
in Canada. Not only does Montréal possess indelible European charm, but
Montréalers are incredibly passionate about their city, rendering it an
exceptional location to hold this prestigious event", highlights Greg
Sleno, Host Committee Chair of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. "The
local organizing committee is incredibly excited to host this
championship in Montréal after 34 years."
The 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian Women's Curling Championship will be played in the Maurice
Richard Arena from February 1 to 9, 2014.
About Tourisme Montréal
Tourisme Montréal is responsible for providing leadership in the
concerted efforts of hospitality and promotion in order to position the
"Montréal" destination on leisure and business travel markets. It is
also responsible for developing Montréal's tourism product in
accordance with the ever-changing conditions of the market. For more
information, please visit www.tourisme-montreal.org.
SOURCE: TOURISME MONTREAL
For further information:
Manager - Corporate Public Relations Tourisme Montréal 514 844-3558
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