Montréal: First City in the World to Receive The National Geographic Society's Geotourism Accreditation

    MONTREAL, Oct. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Montréal Mayor Gérald Tremblay is
delighted that Montréal is the first city in the world to receive the
Geotourism accreditation awarded by the Center for Sustainable Destinations of
the National Geographic Society (NSG). Montréal is the world's first city to
meet the high criteria set out in the NSG's Charter. In the past, such
accreditation was only granted to a nation, state or region for destinations
outside urban centres. "As a result of this accreditation, Montréal will be
cited as an example and serve as a model for cities seeking to obtain similar
status," said Mayor Tremblay.
    The National Geographic Society's Geotourism Charter requires that
several criteria be met before such accreditation can be granted. These
include diversity of cultural and historic assets, an excellent quality of
life, an environmentally friendly strategy and a high quality of services
offered to tourists.
    "This recognition confirms that by prioritizing sustainable development
and quality of life and by highlighting our heritage and meeting cleanliness
standards Montréal has made the right choices," said Mr. Tremblay.
    "Geotourism" is based on a concept of sustainable development. Accredited
tourist destinations must deploy measures aimed at promoting sustainable
cultural tourism so as to preserve their heritage for future generations.
    "Granted just a few weeks before Montréal, métropole culturelle -
Rendez-vous novembre 2007, this new recognition will help position Montréal as
one of North America's key destinations for urban and cultural tourism. This
international accreditation will encourage us to pursue the work we have
undertaken with such major renewal projects as the Havre de Montréal and the
Quartier des spectacles," said the mayor.
    Thanks to efforts made by Tourisme Montréal with the UN's World Tourism
Organization and by Héritage Montréal with ICOMOS, the International Council
on Monuments and Sites, Montréal can assert its leadership in the fields of
tourism and culture on an international level. This recognition by the
National Geographic Society comes on the heels of other recent distinctions
serving to bolster Montréal's position as a city of culture, creativity and
innovation. Montréal, for example, has received the UNESCO City of Design
title and is a founding member of the prestigious Réseau international des
villes gourmande (international network of cities with a reputation for fine
dining) that was established last month in Lyon.

For further information:

For further information: FFI: Lucie-Anne Fabien, ARP, Service des
communications et des relations avec les citoyens, (514) 872-6063; Source:
Renée Sauriol, Press Officer, Office of the Mayor and of the Executive
Committee, (514) 872-4894

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