First meeting of the Advisory Council
President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority Sylvie Vachon today attended the first meeting of the Advisory Council on the Economy and Innovation launched by the Government of Quebec.
“It is an honour for me to be part of this think tank. I see it as evidence of the Port of Montreal’s importance as an economic player in Quebec. I’m proud of the opportunity this gives me to contribute to the advancement of our collective prosperity,” said Sylvie Vachon.
This Advisory Council aims to rally the economic community around a common goal: Quebec’s economic prosperity. It reports to Dominique Anglade, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation and Minister Responsible for the Digital Strategy, and it is chaired by Monique F. Leroux, Chair of the Board of Directors of Investissement Québec.
Read the advisory committee’s press release.
A very positive 2016 cruise season
The Montreal Cruise Committee took stock of the 2016 cruise season, which ended on October 22. In 2016, Montreal welcomed 16 international ships totaling 38 cruise calls, plus 16 domestic cruise calls, amounting to 86,000 passengers and crew members. These tourists arrived by ship mainly from the United States, Australia, Canada, England and Germany. They spent over $20 million in the city’s businesses, attractions and hotels. The rehabilitation work on the new passenger terminal is progressing on schedule and the Port of Montreal will be ready to welcome the first cruise ship of the 2017 season. In addition, to meet the increased number of cruise ships coming to the Port of Montréal in the coming years, we have decided to permanently add piers 34 and 35, as well as our tent, to our reception infrastructure.
More information on cruise season results here
A visit to the new cruise terminal worksite
On October 27, the Montreal Port Authority invited the media to visit the worksite of Alexandra Pier and the new passenger terminal to show how things are going on the spot. The rehabilitation of Alexandra Pier and the passenger terminal, begun close to a year ago, is advancing well, and the new terminal will open in 2017 in time for Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations. No fewer than 110,000 cruise passengers are expected next year, an all-time high! The cruise industry is booming in Montreal.
Check out the site by viewing the segment on Radio Canada’s Le Téléjournal