QUÉBEC CITY — Québec City has been named culture destination of the year at the Leading Culture Destinations Awards gala in London, it was announced Oct. 3.
On hand to accept the award was deputy mayor Michelle Morin-Doyle. Québec City was selected for this accolade over nominees Los Angeles and Lyon.
“The jury ranked our city number one worldwide,” said Québec City mayor Régis Labeaume. “Our unique character and knack for innovation were deciding factors. But most of all, the jury was impressed by our bold cultural initiatives, like the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion at Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. We did not solicit this award — we were recommended by ambassadors from around the world. That makes this international recognition truly exceptional.”
“It’s been a great year in terms of international exposure,” added Québec City Tourism director André Roy. “After being named top tourist destination in Canada by Travel + Leisure in July, our innovative cultural offerings must have charmed the jury. What a wonderful showcase for Québec City as a tourist destination!”
The Leading Culture Destinations Awards is supported by The New York Times. Ambassadors of the organization around the world and leading members of the cultural and tourism community nominate candidates based on a number of criteria, the most important being creativity and innovation in the cultural sector. Museum exhibitions, dining and architecture are also considered.
The organization reaches an estimated 50 million people through a range of partnerships and media coverage.