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February 11, 2015

Cruise the Saint Lawrence reaps international award

Cruise the Saint Lawrence (CSL), headquartered at Rimouski, is delighted to announce the receipt of a distinctive Americas award. Indeed, René Trépanier, Executive Director of the association, was honoured with the 2015 Cruise Award in Fort Lauderdale during an official ceremony held during the 2015 Cruise Seminar organized by the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA).

Every two years, a Cruise Award is bestowed upon an individual whose remarkable efforts have positively impacted port/cruise industry relations in the western hemisphere. Candidates are selected based not only on their positive impact at the international level, but also on the benefits generated for regional and national ports. 

In the words of AAPA officials: “Regarding the recipient of this year's award, René Trépanier is broadly recognized as the face of marketing for Destination Saint Lawrence and the driving force behind the cruise industry success of the nine member ports of call spread out along on this vast expanse of commercial waterway in Canada."

Tony Boemi, President of Cruise the Saint Lawrence, stated that "the honour bestowed upon René Trépanier was hugely merited, reflected favourably on our destination as a whole, and projected the Saint Lawrence on the world stage."

Québec's international cruise sector has grown by leaps and bounds in the last ten years. Cruise the Saint Lawrence has developed and implemented a strategy which incorporates the entirety of Destination Saint Lawrence partners, while honouring the distinctive attributes of each individual port of call. As a result of this formula, which continues to work wonders, the economic impact of cruiseshipping activities in Québec doubled in the period from 2008 to 2012, with forecast growth for the years ahead shaping up to be equally spectacular.

Cruise the Saint Lawrence is a sectoral organization which groups together the nine ports of call located along the shores of the Saint Lawrence River. The mission of the organization is to position Destination Saint Lawrence with cruise companies by defining and coordinating development efforts and partner/port of call attributes, the ultimate aim being to build a genuine ‘Cruise the Saint Lawrence’ brand.

For further details about the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) and the 2015 Cruise Award, click here.


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