Montréal joins The World Good Food Cities Network, strengthening its position as a leading tourist destination

    MONTREAL, Sept. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The mayor of Montréal, Gérald Tremblay,
yesterday announced that Montréal will join the newly created international
World Good Food Cities Network. Montréal will be part of a select group of
some 15 cities, including Lyons, Barcelona, Milan, Brussels, Lausanne, Turin
and Osaka. The announcement was made in the presence of 300 Montréal hotel
industry leaders, who attended the Grande soirée de l'hospitalité et de la
gastronomie québécoise, organized by the Fondation de l'Institut de tourisme
et d'hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) and the ITHQ Graduate Association.
    "This international gastronomy association will strengthen significantly
our city's position as a leading urban tourist destination. It also confirms
the rising reputation of Montréal chefs on the international scene. The
international recognition of local creativity is a genuine honour which adds
to other designations bestowed on the city, such as Montréal UNESCO City of
Design since 2006," said Mayor Tremblay.
    This international alliance project, which was introduced by the mayor of
Lyons, Gérard Collomb, created strong interest over a very short period.
Belonging to this network of gourmet cities will give Montréal a leading edge
over other cities, as well as promote future tours of Good Food Cities. The
network plans to promote the Délice label, develop a culinary culture and
foster the gastronomy spirit in gourmet cities through sharing among chefs,
trainers and trainees. The training element takes on high-potential value for
the ITHQ and restaurant owners.
    Tourisme Montréal will represent the city on The World Good Food Cities
Network working committees. Additionally, Montréal wishes to involve a number
of local partners in the success of this association, including the ITHQ,
MONTREAL HIGH LIGHTS FESTIVAL and the Société des alcools du Québec, which
have already shown interest in the venture. Tourisme Montréal will be
responsible for coordinating efforts locally to establish this prestigious
network of gourmet cities in Montréal.

For further information:

For further information: Jean-Jacques Bédard, Service des communications
et des relations avec les citoyens, (514) 872-3393; Source: Renée Sauriol,
Attachée de presse, Cabinet du maire, (514) 872-4894

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