Quebec Outfitters are Ready to Receive Groups Safely
The Quebec Outfitters Federation (QOF) obtained confirmation from the Public Health Department to accommodate mixed groups in outfitters. As of June 15, groups composed of 10 people or less from three different households can now be lodged in outfitters.
Over the past few days, with the reception of family units, Quebec outfitters have demonstrated their ability to receive visitors in a safe manner in accordance with Public Health requirements and thus obtain the green light from the authorities.
Quebec Outfitters, Safe by Nature!
Several procedures have been put in place to ensure the safety of workers and clients in outfitting operations. “These measures are now well established, so the outfitters are impatient to reconnect with their guests in a responsible and safe manner for everyone.” explained Marc Plourde, President and CEO of the Quebec Outfitters Federation.
In order to simplify the organization of outfitting trips in the current context, a Visitor’s Guide has been posted online at www.pourvoiries.com to inform clients of the various measures to be followed when planning trips. “In order to limit inter-regional travel, it is still recommended that you purchase your hunting and fishing licences before your departure, make all your purchases near your residence and limit your stops on the way to outfitters.” said Mr. Plourde.
Businesses Deeply Affected by the Crisis
Accommodating mixed groups in outfitting operations represents a major step forward in the recovery of outfitting operations, but the financial impact of the crisis remains tangible.
That is why the QOF will continue to work with the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs and the Ministère du Tourisme to obtain support measures for businesses that have been particularly affected by the revenue losses caused by the border closures and partial business reopening in May and June.
“More than 50% of the outfitters’ sales are made in the months of May and June, so the losses are considerable for the entrepreneurs. Over the past few days, we have been able to count on the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs and the Ministère du Tourisme support to get the green light from the public health authorities. Over the next few days, we will have to continue our efforts to develop support measures to enable businesses to recover from this crisis.” says the QOF CEO.
Promotional Campaign in Support of Businesses
In order to help entrepreneurs promoting their establishments, the QOF has initiated a promotional campaign under the signature Pour changer d’air.
Over the next three weeks, Quebecers will be invited to get away and rediscover the many charms of Quebec’s territory.
The outfitting adventure represents a safe, exciting and relaxing alternative that allows people who have been confined for several weeks to escape and reconnect with their true nature.
It’s also a great opportunity to get in touch with local businesses and say Bonjour! again, and above all, making a tangible difference in the daily lives of extraordinary entrepreneurs. These Quebecers who have turned their passions into a profession and who build their stories to the rhythm of their clients’ experiences with memorable first times and unforgettable memories of their stays.
The campaign will be broadcast on the main television channels as well as on the web and social media.