The tourist season can finally begin

La saison touristique peut enfin débuter

The reopening was eagerly awaited by the owners of water parks, spas, b & bs and hostels, which are well happy to finally be able to start their tourist season, like everything in the world, while the COVID-19 is losing steam in Quebec. But it is too late for some…

The discovery of the Cantons-de-l’est

The phone has not stopped ringing Thursday at the youth Hostel Magog-Orford.

“This is an announcement that we were waiting since a long time,” says the director-general, Romy Quenneville-Girard.

As the youth hostel welcomes a lot of travellers from Quebec, it provides a beautiful tourist season, at least for what’s left of it.

“When we opened in 2017, I was surprised to see so much interest on the part of Quebec to the eastern Townships Is,” said Ms. Quenneville-Girard. I look forward to a been satisfactory. We feel that people want to rediscover their province. ”

Relief and resignation among the owners of cottages

Owners of cottages in the eastern Townships are disappointed to have seen the hotels, chalets, and rentals Airbnb open before them.

“It was thought to have fallen between two chairs,” says Pascal Bolduc, owner of the cottage At the Bend, Magog.

“We have no association and person to represent us. Yet, it was a nonsense not to reopen until today [Thursday], ” maintains a tone with a relieved Donald Lavoie, of the cottage To the Shores of Dawn, at Notre-Dame-des-Bois.

For his part, Roch Lechasseur, owner of the cottages, The Simone and The Hunter, in Montreal, prefers to close shop.

“Reopen with all of the complications and health measures, it does not interest me. And with the closing of borders, I lose about 90 % of my customers are from european countries “, he explains.

The water parks will save the furniture

The wait is finally over for the water parks and to their customers, which was beginning to be hot !

In Quebec city, the Valcartier Vacation Village (VVV) will open its doors as early as Tuesday.

“Let’s say that we stood ready to go,” lance proudly the senior director Sales, marketing and communications, Sandra Nadeau.

The VVV, like other parks, will operate at reduced capacity this summer.

“30 % of the capacity usual, this will not be a been profitable, but it is a summer that will limit the losses “, says Ms. Nadeau, noting that for the customer, who will have to book online, will enjoy even more of the site.

– Stephanie Martin, The Journal de Québec

Spas are already accustomed to the distancing physical

The Strøm nordic spa in Quebec, on Thursday.

The president of the four Strøm nordic spa, Guillaume Lemoine, is delighted to be able to open the thermal baths, where the detachment was well before the arrival of the virus.

“The separation physical, it is our mission. You want people to move away from each other to enjoy a true moment of relaxation. The philosophy is already offering a private experience to those who wish to relax “, he says.

“This is not like in a bar. At the spa, people will benefit from the reduction of customers “, also believes the president of the spa Bota Bota in Montreal, Geneviève Emond.

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