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In partnership with Videotron Business Solutions, the Québec City Convention Centre is sharpening its competitive edge by launching a compelling technological service for convention clients: free high-speed wireless Internet access in all the Centre’s meeting rooms, exhibit halls, and public areas.
The Québec City Convention Centre, which has always been on the cutting edge, is stepping into the lead as it becomes the first convention centre in Canada—and one of the only in North America—to provide free, high-quality WiFi access to its clients.
“Nowadays, Internet access is a must. Being forced to pay to get online is irritating for business clients who know that many hotels, restaurants, and public areas provide free WiFi access. It was time for a change. We therefore decided, along with our partner Videotron Business Solutions, to pull out all the stops and install the technological equipment needed to provide this free service, which is in keeping with the Centre’s reputation and standing. This service gives us an indisputable competitive advantage,” Québec City Convention Centre president and CEO P.-Michel Bouchard proudly explained to the guests gathered at the Centre for this exciting announcement.
“Through its initiatives and performance, the Convention Centre’s management is positioning the Québec City area as a premiere destination for business tourism and conventions. And with the expansion project currently underway and the new free Internet service, the Convention Centre is proving to be an innovative force as it successfully competes on the international market, staying ahead of new trends and meeting convention goers’ ever-growing expectations. An inspiring example to be sure,” affirmed Minister for Tourism Pascal Bérubé.
“For Videotron Business Solutions, this is a natural partnership between two entities that have a long-standing history of working together. Our relationship makes all the more sense in that we both seek to provide innovative solutions to our customers. By renewing and enhancing our existing agreement, we will give over 200,000 convention delegates and visitors the chance to enjoy a service that meets their needs and allows them to be connected at all times, wherever they might be,” stated Videotron Business Solutions’ vice president of marketing Louis-Philippe Roux.
The Québec City Convention Centre’s mission is to attract major conventions and events, positioning Québec City as the premiere destination for business events. Every year, the Québec City Convention Centre welcomes over 200,000 visitors from around the world and hosts major national and international conventions. It is an important driver of economic activity, generating an average of $80 million per year in economic benefits for the region.
Videotron (www.videotron.com), a wholly owned subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc., is an integrated communications company engaged in cable television, interactive multimedia development, and Internet access, cable telephone and mobile telephone services. Videotron is a leader in new technologies with its interactive digital TV service and its broadband network, which supports high-speed cable Internet access, analog and digital cable television, and other services. As of September 30, 2012, Videotron was serving 1,852,900 cable television customers, including 1,457,800 subscribers to its digital service. Videotron is also the Québec leader in high-speed Internet access, with 1,369,600 subscribers to its cable service as of September 30, 2012. As of the same date, Videotron had 378,300 subscriber connections to its mobile telephone service and was providing cable telephone service to 1,249,700 Québec households and organizations. For the seventh consecutive year, Videotron was named Québec’s most respected telecommunications company by Les Affaires magazine, based on a Léger Marketing survey.