May 20, 2016
INAUGURATION OF THE PORT TERMINAL
Yves Lévesque, Mayor of Trois-Rivières, accompanied by Julie Boulet, Minister of Tourism and Minister Responsible for the Mauricie Region, today proudly inaugurated the brand new port terminal at the city’s Harbourfront Park.
For the past five years, Trois-Rivières has welcomed international cruise ships, enabling more than 9,500 passengers and 4,600 crew members to discover the charms of this pretty city nestled at the confluence of three waterways. In fact, cruise visitors have given the city a satisfaction rating of 87%. With an objective to bump this number even higher and offer visitors a new experience, Innovation et Développement économique Trois-Rivières initiated the process that culminated in the opening of the new port terminal. For Mayor Lévesque, the investment was a necessary one: “This new port terminal will allow Trois-Rivières to shine, while positioning itself advantageously to attract and serve international cruise lines.”
The new terminal was built at a cost of $630,000, with the City of Trois-Rivières contributing $382,000, the Ministère du Tourisme du Québec $168,000 and the Port of Trois-Rivières $80,000.
“I could not be prouder to participate in the inauguration of the Trois-Rivières port terminal, a project supported by my government. Through the tourism plan in our Maritime Strategy, we are aiming to make the St. Lawrence River a world-renowned tourism destination that will be the pride of Quebecers, enjoy a high profile among foreign visitors, and reap the considerable economic benefits of sustainable development. This achievement will greatly contribute to providing a warm welcome to cruise clientele as they visit the city and region,” said Minister Boulet.
For his part, Gaétan Boivin, President and CEO of the Port of Trois-Rivières, said: “The money invested in the new port terminal is in keeping with the Port’s goal to facilitate access to the river for citizens and visitors alike and enhance the city-port interface. In recent years, the Port of Trois-Rivières has notably created Hector-Louis-Langevin Park on the banks of the river and a pedestrian walkway to make it easier to access to the Park. All of these improvements further enhance our reputation for hospitality and enable us to surpass our clients’ expectations."
A new, more welcoming terminal, offering upgraded logistics and a more comfortable environment for passengers and crew members.
Source: Yvan Toutant, Public and Media Relations