TOURISM Intelligence Network in OLMCs
RDÉE Canada (Réseau de développement économique et d’employabilité), the only national Francophone economic development and employability network, together with the CEDEC (Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation), and the UQAM (University of Quebec at Montreal), through the UQAM’s School of Management (ESG) Transat Chair in Tourism have teamed up to create a working consortium to establish an intelligence service for obtaining and sharing value-added information on tourism related to official language minority communities (OLMCs).
This tripartite partnership stems from an existing collaboration and provides OLMCs with critical economic development support via the tourism industry.
Agrotourism! What does it mean?
The consultation group on agritourism and gourmet tourism in Québec (Groupe de concertation sur l’agrotourisme et le tourisme gourmand au Québec) has defined the main topic of this paper as follows:
“An activity that is complementary to agriculture and that enables agricultural producers to welcome tourists and other visitors onto their farm and provide information so that visitors can learn about agriculture, food production and the agricultural sector.”
Since many farmers who are involved in agritourism are also involved in gourmet tourism, we are also providing the following definition:
• Gourmet tourism
“Gourmet tourism involves opportunities for tourists to discover regions through unique eating and drinking experiences. The sector also includes agritourism or bio-food activities that showcase the region’s food artisans and provide opportunities for visitors to appreciate a region’s distinctive products and specialty foods.”
This project is funded by the Government of Canada through