We are honoured to welcome all of you to Canada and to this year’s Rendez-vous Canada (RVC) hosted in Québec City by our partners Destination Québec cite and l’Alliance de l'industrie Touristique du Quebec, sous la marque Bonjour Québec.
RVC is Destination Canada’s signature event, co-produced with the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC). For over 45 years, this event has shined a spotlight on Canada, connecting 396 international travel buyers with 488 Canadian tourism businesses, creating meaningful opportunities for all delegates.
This year, as we return to a fully in-person format, there’s an incredible sense of optimism and motivation. Whether you are representing Canada’s tourism industry or you’re visiting from one of our international markets, we all share a passion for tourism's huge contributions and future potential. Tourism is the heart of Canada’s economic engine and social fabric – benefitting more regions than any other industry. Tourism enriches our guests lives while also benefiting our communities and offering a wealth of employment opportunities.
As demand for travel and tourism continues to ramp up, there is an immense opportunity ahead for all of us and events like RVC have never been more important as we embark on the next era of travel and tourism.
Thank you to both of our teams at Destination Canada and TIAC who have worked tirelessly and collaboratively to bring this year’s event to life. We’re also grateful to our host partners and their teams for the invaluable work they have done as we bring RVC back to beautiful Québec City. Please feel free to stop by the Destination Canada and TIAC booths over the course of the show to meet our teams and learn more about our respective work.
Canada has wide-open spaces and larger-than-life landscapes that inspire awe, open hearts that foster a sense of belonging, and open minds that fuel refreshing perspectives. It’s precisely this unique blend of openness that sets Canada apart, and what we hope you will experience this year at RVC. Over the next few days, we hope you will find new inspiration, and enjoy a productive conference that will leave you with fresh opportunities and a renewed passion for travel in Canada.
A word from Destination Canada and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada
On behalf of Destination Canada and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC), we are excited to welcome you to Rendez-vous Canada (RVC) 2023.
Beautiful Quebec City, welcomes more than 1,500 international tourism industry leaders, including 580+ Canadian seller organizations from all 13 Canadian provinces and territories, as well as 400+ qualified buyers and media from Destination Canada’s key markets around the world. We’re honoured to have representing destinations and experiences from coast-to-coast-to-coast.
For the last 46 years, this signature event has put a spotlight on Canada, connecting international travel buyers with Canadian tourism businesses. This vital event creates meaningful opportunities for all delegates and plays a key role in supporting the recovery of Canada’s tourism sector. Through collaboration we will continue to drive prosperity back into local businesses and their communities across the country.
From spectacular wilderness and coastlines, major metropolitan cities to the authentic and unique mosaic of Indigenous cultures, the people of this land now recognized as Canada are ready to host international guests with open arms and welcoming hearts.
A big thank you to the hard working teams at Destination Canada and Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) who have worked tirelessly and collaboratively to bring this year’s event together. We’re also grateful to our partners at the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada for their partnership in making RVC 2023 a success.
We wish everyone a productive conference and look forward to seeing you at the Destination Canada and TIAC booth over the course of the show.
A word from Martin Soucy, President and CEO of the Alliance de l’industrie touristique du Québec
As the representative of Québec’s tourism ministry working to market Québec as a tourist destination under the Bonjour Québec brand, I am very pleased to welcome you to Québec. The entire team of the Alliance de l’industrie touristique du Québec and its partners want to extend warm greetings and say an enthusiastic BONJOUR! to the 1,500 buyers, sellers and media representatives who will be here getting acquainted or reacquainted with our many attractions and the spectacular beauty of this land.
In the course of this prestigious event taking place in the marvellous setting of Québec City, the capital city of the province of Québec, you’ll have a chance to hear, say, and take the measure of this word, “Bonjour,” which gives expression to the special bond that is forged between local people and visitors from elsewhere. You’ll get a sense of everything this word conveys: a welcoming spirit, the French language and culture, and the creativity and generosity of Quebecers.
You’ll discover that the entrepreneurs working in the tourism sector are talented, bold and creative. They are dedicated to providing authentic and diverse experiences that are worth living more than once in a lifetime. When you meet and connect with them, you'll quickly come to understand that it is their passion, vision and talent that make the magic happen in cities and regions across Québec.
We hope you have inspiring business meetings, enjoy delectable meals replete with regional delicacies, and encounter new flavours, sights and sounds to fall in love with. Of course, we’ll be delighted if you decide to extend your stay or return here to experience more of everything our destination has to offer. I encourage you to take the time to get acquainted with the rich human tapestry that makes Québec a sustainable, responsible and prosperous world-class destination.
Martin Soucy, MBA, ASC
President and CEO
A word from Robert Mercure, General Manager at Destination Québec cité
Welcome to Québec City, a tourist destination that will both surprise and delight you. You will discover a uniquely charming place that sparks wonder at every turn. A bustling gastronomic scene that reinvents itself each day. Spectacular natural sites near a city centre abounding with world-class heritage and history. Neighbourhoods that reflect the personalities of the people who live there. A city that moves to the rhythm of countless major events and exhibitions. And Indigenous people, the Huron-Wendat, that witnessed the history that shaped this nation.
In short, Québec City is where ideas come to life.
Enjoy the discoveries!
Destination Québec cité
Download the RVC Marketplace Map
We’re excited to open the RVC marketplace floor tomorrow morning as we officially kick-off this year’s event. With over 51,000 appointments scheduled over the course of the event, ensure you know where you’re going and download the marketplace map today.
See You at Canada Night!
Join Destination Canada and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada this evening’s Canada Night at the historic Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury (805 Wilfrid-Laurier Ave, Québec City, Québec G1R 2L3). Hosted by Atlantic Canada and sponsored by the Accor Group, enjoy mixing and mingling with your RVC friends and colleagues over delicious food and great entertainment.
The evening will include a special performance by Rankin McInnis & the Broken Reeds, while also shining a spotlight on all thirteen provinces and territories from coast to coast to coast.
Remember to go to the RVC Registration Desk (located at Québec City Convention Centre. 1000 Bd René-Lévesque E, Québec, QC G1R 5T8), on MAY 30th between 8AM-6PM and pick up your badge. Have your QR Code ready! Your badge is required for entry into the Canada Night Reception and all RVC activities
The festivities will begin at 6pm and we hope to see you there!
Reminder to Sellers to come to the Armoury one hour earlier at 5:00pm for Destination Canada’s Inside Track.
Celebrate our seasonal rhythms and joie de vivre with Bonjour Québec!
Québec is a four-season destination catering to a diverse range of visitors throughout the year. With exhilarating experiences, spectacular landscapes as far as the eye can see, friendly regions and bountiful resources, we welcome visitors with open arms, year round! Experiencing Québec means living to the rhythm of its vibrant cities, discovering its picturesque villages, grounding yourself in its national parks and getting a taste of our world-famous hospitality and festive culture! Whatever your interests, Québec truly has something for everyone. Nature lovers will delight in our thousands of kilometers of forest trails, waterways, and over 500,000 lakes and rivers. Culture and history buffs will be swept away by the rich heritage, fascinating museums and innovative art galleries, and enjoy discovering the ancestral traditions of Indigenous Nations. And foodies will be enchanted by the many gourmet stops, craft distilleries, seafood restaurants, and more. Not to mention the warm welcome of our local artisans. There’s no time like the present—come experience Québec as it was meant to be, with Bonjour Québec!
We invite you to visit the Destination Ontario networking station on the marketplace floor
Ontario – our dynamic province is home to world-famous icons and natural wonders, to hidden gems and unexpected experiences sure to satisfy the cultural explorer, outdoor adventurer and passionate foodie in all of us. RVC 2023 is the ideal time to nurture relationships and discuss fresh ideas that include our vibrant cities and welcoming locals, our countless lakes and rivers, our northern wilderness and famous Falls, our distinctive culture and inventive cuisine. Destination Ontario and our partners look forward to connecting with you and sharing our diverse experiences!