CRUISE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT - QUÉBEC, A DESTINATION OF CHOICE ON THE ST. LAWRENCE
Québec, April 27, 2015 – While cruise partners were attending a breakfast that followed up on the international cruise forum, the President and CEO of the Québec Port Authority presented a Port of Québec cruise ship terminal project called: Québec, a destination of choice on the St. Lawrence. This large-scale tourism project involves redesigning the Ross Gaudreault Cruise Terminal and a mobile terminal at wharf 30 in the Estuary sector.
The Port of Québec has experienced tremendous growth in the cruise ship sector over the past few years, as the number of visitors increased from 55,000 in 2000 to 180,000 in 2014. The current cruise ship infrastructures are being used at full capacity, and an increasingly large number of cruise ship passengers must transit through permanent facilities.
A growth-generating project for the international cruise ship industry
The $89.5M project involves redesigning and expanding the Ross Gaudreault Cruise Terminal as well as installing a mobile terminal at wharf 30 in the Estuary sector. The project will:
- Double the accommodation capacity of the Ross Gaudreault Terminal
- Improve the accommodation capacity for big ships
- Improve the customer experience with a second terminal that meets international accommodation standards
- Meet ships’ logistical needs for embarkation/disembarkation operations
- Increase the capacity of our infrastructures to accommodate 400,000 passengers by 2025
A shared goal for growth
Following the international cruise forum that was held in February 2014, the Québec community expressed the shared goal of continuing growth in this sector to reach 400,000 passengers by 2025. Québec is the main attraction of the St. Lawrence River and must be able to meet the demand, mainly for ships with embarkation operations.
“I am pleased to be presenting this project to the people. The completion of this project is a crucial step in supporting the strong growth in international cruises that will take place in Québec over the next 10 years. It is a promising economic and tourism project both for our community and for the province of Quebec at large, since it will strengthen the St. Lawrence’s unique position for international cruises,” said Mr. Girard.
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Advisor, Public Relations and Events
Québec Port Authority