The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Centre of Excellence for Destinations will sponsor the 2008 edition of the Rendez-vous Champlain's international seminar on tourism under the theme of "Tourist destinations and prospects for research"

    PARIS, FRANCE, Sept. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Mr. André Vallerand, President of
the Destinations Council of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and
President of the World Centre of Excellence for Destinations (CED) announced
today, in the presence of Mr. Raymond Bachand, Minister of Economic
Development, Innovation and Export Trade, that the UNWTO and the CED will
sponsor the second edition of the Rendez-vous Champlain on tourism to be held
in 2008 in Montréal and Québec City, Canada. Mr. Vallerand said he was very
pleased with the theme that was chosen for the event, given that it is a
central issue in the UNWTO and CED work program. "Excellence in tourist
destinations at the national, regional and local scale has become a
fundamental issue in an increasingly competitive global environment. The
Rendez-vous Champlain seminar will significantly contribute to our
deliberations on this topic," said Mr. Vallerand.
    Mr. Vallerand confirmed that Mr. Francesco Frangialli, UNWTO
Secretary-General, will participate in the Rendez-vous Champlain 2008 seminar,
the only France-Québec international venue for research on tourism included in
Québec City's 400th anniversary celebrations program. "Mr. Frangialli has
asked me to extend his best wishes to the organizers of this important seminar
and to ensure them that they will have the UNWTO's full cooperation to see
that the greatest possible number of international representatives will take
part in the event," added Mr. Vallerand.
    Finally, Mr. Vallerand announced that he and Mr. Frangialli will take
advantage of the presence of the several hundreds of tourist destinations
managers at a special day dedicated to tourism industry artisans - which will
take place on June 3, 2008, at the Québec City Convention Centre as part of
the Rendez-vous Champlain - to launch the new system for measuring excellence
in tourist destinations that was developed by the CED in partnership with the
    The mission of the World Centre of Excellence for Destinations, a
non-profit organization headquartered in Montréal, is to implement the
decisions of the UNWTO's Destinations Council by enhancing and developing
expertise on tourist destinations. The CED acts as a binding agent for
partnerships and collaborations with public and private sector stakeholders
having expertise that may improve tourist destinations' performance.
    The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) whose headquarters are located in
Madrid, Spain, is a United Nations agency specialized in the field of tourism.
It has a membership of 150 countries, including Canada. In addition, the
agency has some 300 affiliated/ associated members: businesses, non-profit
organizations, tourism-related associations and educational institutions. The
UNWTO plays a central and decisive role in the development of responsible,
sustainable and universally accessible tourism as a tool for economic and
social development, international understanding, peace and prosperity.

For further information:

For further information: Nathalie Laberinto, World Centre of Excellence
for Destinations, (514) 871-1115,; UNWTO Media Section,
+34 91 567 81 94, +34 91 567 81 00,

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