During a two-day familiarization tour of Montreal, students in their second year of study in the Tourism Program had the opportunity to visit the International Tourism and Travel Show, at Place Bonaventure on Friday October 19, 2012 (photo above). Exhibitors from all over the world were present at this trade show to unveil their beautiful countries and cultures. Students took advantage of attending short presentations on various countries while visiting the different booths.
The familiarization tour began on Friday morning with a cruise on an electric-powered boat around the Old Port of Montreal, with the company Le Petit Navire. While learning about the growth of tourism in the port area, a beautiful beluga whale paid us a visit. After this exciting excursion the students travelled on to discover the Biosphere, on Île Sainte-Hélène, where ideas of sustainable living and sustainable tourism were introduced. The second day of the tour was spent sightseeing around Montreal, taking in the major attractions and participating in a gastronomic walking tour of different ethnic neighbourhoods of Montreal, with the company Fitz and Follwell. Students tasted fortune cookies and dragon’s beard candy while learning about China town, washing it all down with a cup of Chinese tea before heading up St. Laurent Boulevard to taste other ethnic goodies. With stomachs full and new information to ponder the group headed back to Quebec City.