June 13 to July 17, 2011 - Two communications students look forward to an incredible experience in Québec maritime this summer

MONTREAL, June 7, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Le Québec maritime, the tourist organization that promotes the regions of Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, Côte-Nord (Manicouagan and Duplessis) and the Îles de la Madeleine, is giving two communications students the opportunity to experience something exceptional this summer: a five-week, all-expenses-paid journalism internship to explore and present Québec maritime's beautiful landscapes and amazing tourist attractions.

"We were looking for an interactive and original way to showcase our beautiful region," said Louise Nadeau, executive director of Le Québec maritime. "By giving two interns the opportunity to apply what they have learned in school, we're killing two birds with one stone. Their reports and photos will undoubtedly be helpful for travellers planning a trip to Québec maritime for their next vacation. They'll get a taste of the adventures that lie ahead even before they get here!"

Meredith Bailey, a journalism graduate from University of King's College in Halifax, and Joany L'Écuyer Noiseux, who is studying public relations at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), will travel the roads of Québec maritime from June 13 to July 17 with a companion of their choice. Along the way, they'll discover the many attractions the region has to offer.

A whale-watching cruise, camping in a national park, kayaking around the islands, taking in local festivals, enjoying a lobster feed and meeting friendly people who are proud to share their region with visitors: these are just some of the many delights that await the two students this summer. Their main task, in addition to making the most of the summer, will be to share their discoveries on various social media platforms through audio, video, photo and written content. You'll be able to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and the Québec maritime blog soon.

Two outstanding interns

These two young women were chosen from among numerous applicants following a rigorous selection process. "To reach the broadest possible audience, we wanted to have two interns: one English-speaking and one French-speaking," added Ms. Nadeau. "To find the best students, we therefore approached universities in Québec, Ontario and the Maritimes that offer programs in communications, journalism or public relations. It was a long process and a difficult choice, but we're very pleased with the outcome. We have definitely found two gems that people will enjoy getting to know and following over the summer."

Meredith Bailey, accompanied by her fiancé, Stafford Perry, will be your English-speaking guide. An actor turned journalist, the charming Meredith has a knack for captivating her audience in both print and video. With her training as a yoga teacher and her love of everything that moves, she will no doubt be very enthusiastic about the many experiences that lie ahead.

At only 22, Joany L'Écuyer Noiseux has already travelled to several countries. Projects in a small community in Greece and the filming of a documentary in Argentina have prepared her well for this new adventure. She will be accompanied by Raphael Jolicoeur, a video enthusiast. Joany herself will be responsible for taking fabulous photos!

The two women are now in the midst of getting ready for this adventure. In addition to packing their bags, they must map out their itineraries and choose their activities. Where will the road take them? This is what we'll all find out over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

About Le Québec maritime

Founded in 1997 by five tourist regions seeking to raise awareness in markets outside Québec, Le Québec maritime Inc. is a non-profit organization that represents the regions of Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, Côte-Nord (Manicouagan and Duplessis) and the Îles de la Madeleine. A vast destination of sea and mountains, Québec maritime offers 3000 kilometres of shoreline, 10 national parks and 13 species of whales that can easily be observed from the shore or by boat. A not-to-be-missed destination for anyone who loves nature, wide-open spaces and friendly encounters, the region is also renowned for its seafood delicacies, local products and the quality of the artists and artisans whose studios are located along the scenic routes. National Geographic Traveler named the Gaspé Peninsula one of its top 20 destinations to visit in 2011. For more information, visit quebecmaritime.ca.

SOURCE Québec Maritime inc.

For further information:

Thomas Bastien / Karrel Cournoyer
Morin Relations Publiques
514-289-8688, ext. 237 / 234

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