SPECIAL NEWSLETTER #1 - Information on COVID-19, March 18, 2020

Information on COVID-19

Concerning the COVID-19 situation in Quebec and its impact on the reality of tourist attractions, the Quebec Religious and Spiritual Tourism Association (QRSTA), via its representative, Événements Attractions Québec, has quickly put actions into place to support the businesses that are part of its sectors, namely through regular follow-up with the Cabinet de la Ministre du Tourisme, with the ministry of tourism and with the Alliance de l’industrie touristique du Québec.

This newsletter contains the first selection of information and references to help you understand the situation.

1- Actions from your association and its partners

The ministry of tourism has quickly put into place a committee to follow up on and coordinate the situation that includes the continuous implication of Événements Attractions Québec with regard to issues of religious and spiritual tourism. This committee will later be in charge of the post-pandemic tourism revival plan.

Press releases (in French) from the ministry of tourism to industry stakeholders:

The QRSTA also has a team in place composed of executive committee members to ensure regular follow-up with the board of administrators. This team will follow up at least once a week to ensure that actions expected by members are carried out.

2- Postponement of the "Innovation et tourisme religieux
et spirituel" activity

The QRSTA announces that the activity scheduled on March 25 at the MTLab is postponed. Tourisme Montréal and MTlab will contact you after the crisis with a new date.

3- Useful information for your organization

For government and health measures, please consult these websites:

Click here for the press release (in French) from the Assembly of Quebec Catholic Bishops.


4- An invitation to document and tell us about the impact

The preventive measures announced by the provincial and federal governments will naturally have an impact on your activities and financial health. We recommend that you document –daily, if possible– the impact of COVID-19 on your activities in order to provide a better assessment once the pandemic has passed.

The QRSTA aims to document the impact globally and encourages you to send us weekly or monthly reports that will help us draw up sectoral assessments that will in turn feed discussions with authorities and assist us in our research. Please send any reports or questions to membership@atrsq.com


The QRSTA invites you to show solidarity within the tourism industry and in social spheres

Your association asks you to show solidarity in the current context and to encourage loved ones, parents and friends to be patient and not to cancel any reservations already made to spend a vacation in Quebec this summer or to seek reimbursement for tickets purchased for upcoming summer activities at this time. We also ask your staff to be flexible in their interactions with customers at this time of great uncertainty. An understanding attitude will be beneficial once Quebec has overcome this difficult situation.

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