Cooperative tourism: a driving force of local and regional development

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This is the topic of a major event at the International Summit of Cooperatives: the Cooperative tourism Forum, held on Monday, October 8, 2012, in room 208AB of the Quebec City Convention Centre.

Organized by the Secretariat for the Americas of the International Social Tourism Organization (ISTO Americas), this event will be the only time during the Summit where participants will have the opportunity to express their views on cooperative tourism. In addition, Quebec’s expertise in this industry will be at the forefront because of its great worldwide reputation.


What is the purpose of this event?

The United Nations proclaimed 2012 the International Year of Cooperatives. For the International Summit of Cooperatives, ISTO Americas wishes to showcase Quebec’s tourism cooperatives and their contribution to community development and provide an opportunity to meet, share and discuss Quebec’s expertise and international know-how.

Who is it for?

This Forum is for tourism professionals and representatives of cooperatives with or without tourism projects. All participants from elsewhere who can enhance discussions are also welcome.

The conferences will be translated simultaneously (English-French).

Who are the speakers?

  • Jacques Perreault, President of the Secretariat for the Americas of the International Social Tourism Organization (ISTO Americas)
  • Veronica Gomez, Director, ISTO Americas
  • Frédéric Asselin, CEO and Co-founder, Coopérative de solidarité Vallée Bras-du-Nord
  • Nicole Caron, Director of Sales and Customer Service, Voyages CoSte
  • Sokchiveneath Chhoan, Assistant Director, Fédération des coopératives du Nouveau-Québec – Inuit Adventures
  • Louis Jolin, Coordinator, Alliance on Training and Research in Social and Fair Tourism, ISTO

What is the program of the Forum?

So you don’t miss anything, click here for the full program.

Information and registration:
Veronica Gomez
[email protected]
Open to all, registration required

Registration form


About ISTO

ISTO is an international non-profit association that aims to promote access to leisure, holidays and tourism for the greatest number of people—youth, families, seniors and disabled people—and to promote the implementation of this objective and the means to achieve it with the help of stakeholders who share this responsibility, including states, social players (associations, trade unions, cooperatives) and operators.

Its mission also aims to promote fair and sustainable tourism that benefits host populations and respects natural and cultural heritage.

With its worldwide network of members, the ISTO is now considered a genuine world organization of social tourism.

Since 1996, the Secretariat for the Americas (ISTO Americas), based in Montreal, promotes and fosters contacts, coordination and exchanges among the countries of South America, Central America and North America.

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