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The Location
Québec City has everything a city needs to welcome visitors and keep them coming back for more. It is a favourite destination for conferences, business and incentives, with world-class facilities that offer visitors all the modern conveniences and comforts of city living. Québec City has been showered with all kinds of awards from the tourism industry and the famous Magazine "CONDE NAST TRAVELLER" has reported that the city has been declared in a survey of 28.000 of their readers as the best destination in Canada, the third best in North-America and the 6th best in the world. In Québec City, summer lasts from June to September, with a succession of Festivals accompanying the sunshine and good cheer. Additionally, Québec City is renowned for the quality of its fine dining and has a little black book’s worth of local and European – style restaurants, sidewalk cafes, and cool bistros where you can enjoy local products and fine cuisine. The old Québec City is an open-air museum surrounded by a very well preserved castle whose beauty only finds match in fairy-tales.

Congress Venue
Québec City Convention Centre
1000, boul. René-Lévesque E., Québec
Québec, Canada, G1R 5T8 (Canada, USA)
Tel: 418 644-4000/1 888 679-4000 Fax: 418 644-6455
Website: http://www.convention.qc.ca

The Québec City Convention Centre is an exceptional meeting place located in the heart of a charming historic city. It is known for its prestigious events, cutting-edge technology and expertise in hosting green events. Within its walls you will find a vibrant, healthy and comfortable atmosphere. The Convention Centre is surrounded by hotels, attractions, shopping and a unique cultural and gourmet environment. Combining modern facilities and comfort, it is a renowned international venue.

Requirements for Entering Canada (Passports and Visas)
Visitors must hold a valid passport; a visa may be required in some cases. Delegates from the USA will not need a passport. For more information about visas, please consult the Citizenship and Immigration Canada Web site at www.cic.gc.ca. You may also consult the nearest Canadian embassy, the consulate, a customs broker or your travel agent.

Travel and Health Insurance
It is strongly recommended that all participants purchase adequate coverage for health, travel and private liability insurance before departing from their home countries. The Congress organizers will not accept responsibility for personal injury, loss or damage to private, personal property of participants and/or accompanying persons.

Language
Québec City is a bilingual destination. French is the official language of Québec. English is also spoken.

Electricity
The electric current is 110 volts/60 cycles, as it is throughout North America. Because the outlets cannot accommodate European plugs, you are advised to bring or buy an adaptor. Hotels can also provide guests with adaptors.

Time zone
Canada time is UTC/GMT -5.

Restaurants
Although the Québec City area is often referred to as North America’s fine dining capital, it could also be called its casual dining capital, its sidewalk café capital, its bistro capital, its wine & cheese capital… In fact, food in Québec City is one of the great pleasures of life. Old Québec alone offers a breathtaking selection of more than 100 restaurants for all tastes and budgets. Québec’s food industry stands out as much for its quality as for its variety. It offers an impressive range of menus: fine Québec cuisine, French gastronomy, fresh-market cooking, tasty meals in family restaurants, international cuisine and specialties from various countries.Most restaurants in Québec have a selection of dishes available à la carte. In Frenchspeaking Québec City, an entrée, as the name suggests, is an entry into a meal, or an appetizer. It is followed by a plat principal, the main dish. Lunch generally costs about 30% less than dinner, and many of the same dishes are available. Lunch is usually served 11:30 to 14:30 hrs, dinner 18:30 until about 23:00 hrs. Tip at least 15% of the bill. Remember that for the Québécois, dîner (dinner) is lunch, and souper (supper) is dinner.

Tipping
In Canada, tips are not included on restaurant bills and are usually left to the customer's discretion. A tip of 10% of the total cost before taxes is recommended.

Shopping
Most businesses, including shopping centres, are open as follows:

Monday to Wednesday: 9:30 am. to 5:30 pm
Thursday and Friday: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Taxes

  • Most property and services are subject to the GST/HST and the QST.
  • The GST is calculated on the selling price at the rate of 5%.
  • The QST is calculated on the selling price (including the GST) at the rate of 9,5%.

Example

The taxes are calculated as follows on a taxable item with a selling price of $100:

Selling price $100.00
GST ($100 x 5%) $5.00
QST ([$100 + $5]) x 9.5%..... $9.98
Total $114.98

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No smoking Regulations

The Tobacco Law forbids smoking in all public buildings, including bars and restaurants.

Climate
Most of Québec's cities enjoy a humid continental climate, with four very distinct seasons and significant differences in temperature marking each one. Summer is hot, while winter sees a considerable amount of snow fall. In fact, Québecers owe their legendary joie de vivre to these climatic variations. Temperature average in August, is between 14°C - 23°C (54°F - 73°F) during the day. Weather information website at http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca