“Bonjour Chine” certification: making Chinese delegates feel welcome

published on November 5, 2019
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Montréal is an international city, taking first place on both the Union of International Association’s (UIA) list of top host cities for international conventions in the Americas and the International Congress and Convention Association’s (ICCA) annual ranking of top cities for international association meetings. And with an increasing number of Chinese attendees making their way to Montréal, the city's hotels, restaurants, museums and entertainment destinations are tapping into what Chinese visitors are looking for – and welcoming them with a personalized experience to remember.

Bonjour Chine, welcome to Montréal

As of summer 2019, several Tourisme Montréal members are certified to provide Chinese visitors services in their languages as well as other amenities that offer a taste of home with a unique Montréal twist. Chinese guests can expect a few dining and shopping options to suit their tastes, as well as brochures, maps, menus, websites, signs and other materials in Cantonese and Mandarin.

While Montréal's Chinatown remains a popular destination for most visitors to the city, renowned for its blend of Chinese cultural traditions and contemporary trends, Tourisme Montréal's new “Bonjour Chine” program’s certified members encourage Chinese attendees to explore the entirety of the city during downtime, from Old Montréal and downtown to other neighbourhoods. Visitors can really get to know the city, its culture and its people.

Accommodating accommodations

The program's certified hotels – InterContinental Montréal, Auberge Le Pomerol, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, Residence Inn by Marriott Montréal Downtown, Holiday Inn Downtown Montréal, Hôtel St-Denis and Le Saint-Sulpice Hôtel Montréal – provide currency exchange services, accept Chinese methods of payment, have staff who speak mandarin, and offer guests slippers in their rooms, hot water and Chinese tea, Chinese-language television channels and publications, and ensure that guests always have a great Wi-Fi connection and access to Chinese social media accounts.

Certified attractions and activities

Guests from China can discover a wealth of local history as well as contemporary art and Indigenous culture exhibitions at downtown's McCord Museum, just steps from the gates of McGill University. Step into the past at Château Ramezay, a historic site and museum where Québec history comes to life in exhibitions and interactive activities.

The Old Port of Montréal and its many activities also welcome Chinese visitors. See the city from the landmark St. Lawrence River on Croisières AML Cruises and Le Bateau-Mouche, both featuring sightseeing, dinner cruises and more. Éco-Tours Montréal takes visitors on Segway tours of the Old Port of Montréal throughout the year, as well as seasonal tours of Parc Jean-Drapeau and kayaking and canoeing trips. Family-friendly activity Voiles en Voiles Montréal lets you climb an aerial ropes course on two high-seas ship replicas. From May to October, go on an adventure through the SOS Labyrinthe to discover a hidden treasure. And in the winter, try snow tubing, tobogganing, ski and snowboarding at Pente à neige snow park.

Enjoy a taste of home

Dozens of Montréal restaurants specialize in a variety of Chinese cuisine. Among them, Restaurant Dynastie has become a favourite of celebrities and foodies for its dumplings and traditional cuisine served in generous portions. With its fine Cantonese and continental cuisine and an atmosphere complete with coy ponds and bridges, Chez Chine enchants diners. Or enjoy dim sum and more authentic Cantonese fare at locals' long-time favourite Restaurant ChinaTown Kim Fung in Chinatown and at Imperial Restaurant, serving up excellent dim sum and authentic Chinese dishes in a newly updated modern location.

With hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing activities that meet the varied needs and styles of visitors from China, Montréal affirms itself as an unforgettable international destination.

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