Welcome to the meeting and event planning guide to Quebec City, written with meeting planners in mind. Quebec City's fairytale setting and modern conveniences combine to create one of the most convention-friendly destinations on the continent. Known as the cradle of French civilization in North America, Quebec City boasts a remarkable heritage that's exemplified in everything from its soaring churches to its treasured museums to the ancient fortified walls that still surround the city's oldest neighborhood. With all it has to offer, Quebec City receives both a steady stream of accolades – and about five million visitors every year.
Enjoying Quebec City's romantic charm and European style does not require a lengthy or expensive journey. Just 16 kilometers from downtown, the Jean Lesage International Airport is the 2nd busiest passenger airport in Quebec and offers more than 325 weekly flights. Expansion plans are in the works to offer even more options to air travelers. The city is also easily accessible via an extensive highway network, a convenient option for guests traveling from destinations such as Montreal and Ottawa, which are fewer than five hours away.
What awaits guests upon arrival in Quebec City is one of the world's most sophisticated and enviable hotel and service networks. In fact, Quebec City is on the cutting edge of technology, being home to a number of new, innovative businesses and research centers. It's no surprise that the city's more than 17,000 hotel rooms and various convention facilities are more than equipped to handle business events of all fields and sizes, from large medical conferences to small engineering forums.
Recognized as the world's best convention center by the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC), the Quebec City Convention Centre hosts an average of 150 events every year within its 21,500 square meters of space. Meanwhile, the 371,000-square-meter ExpoCite is equally suited to tradeshows and congresses as it is to major sporting events and cultural shows. In fact, the multi-purpose venue hosts Expo Quebec, the largest fair in Eastern Canada, every year.
Brimming with colorful arts venues and historic buildings, Quebec City offers plenty of options for getting together in a somewhat less traditional setting. The Musee national des beaux-arts du Quebec and the Musee de la civilisation, the most popular museum in the city, both offer several spaces for events of 10 to 10,000 people. Host meetings or receptions at the Manoir Montmorency, a spectacular banquet venue that overlooks the enchanting 83-meter Montmorency Falls. Or take advantage of Quebec City's pleasant summer weather with a group dinner cruise on the water offered by Croisieres Courier.
As the capital of the province, Quebec City's largest employer is the government, while CHUQ, the local hospital network, also has a significant number of employees. Insurances companies such as Industrial Alliance and La Capital are headquartered in Quebec City. It is also home to Universitee Laval and the central campus of the Universitee du Quebec.