Quebec helps visitors to plan their activities according to the weather with new app

Quebec helps visitors to plan their activities according to the weather with new app

Tourists in Quebec suffered a particularly rainy summer last year. In response, Tourisme Québec, in partnership with MétéoMédia - a television weather channel serving Québec and Canada -launched a neat little internet service called ‘Activity Forecaster’ .

It provides an hourly weather update and helps visitors to plan their day accordingly. It is based on the forecasts for the weather within a 150-kilometre radius of the selected city in Quebec and a database of 14,000 suppliers of all kinds of attractions and activities maintained on Quebec’s Ministry of Tourism’s official website, www.bonjourquebec.com.

The service is available as a ‘landing site’ from www.bonjourquebec.com, as well as through a mobile ‘app’ on Apple iTunes.

According to data for 2009 (the latest available from Quebec’s Ministry of Tourism), the French-speaking province welcomed only 2.7 million tourists that year, 9.3% fewer than in 2008. Overseas tourist markets were the most affected: with less than a million recorded arrivals, they were down 14.8%.

However, the Ministry reports a modest recovery in 2010, with an increase in arrivals at both hotels and campsites.

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