Our next stop was at Chateau Bonne Entente, a charming country hotel, out in the Quebec countryside. Dinner was served in their large banquet room. At the conclusion of a tasty Quebecois dinner, a rustle was heard and suddenly a company of entertainers from the Quebec City Summer Festival appeared and began a non-stop song and dance show, which was enthusiastically received by the gathering. Before the show was complete, the audience had been included in their song and dance, with many of the TMACers dancing through the hall and even up on stage, wearing colourful masks. Tired and weary after our wonderful day, we returned to the city to catch a few hourís sleep before our next breakfast call.
Photo courtesy of Cathy Lukovich
Outaouais Tourism Association hosted our last breakfast together. Outaouais is a district across the river from Quebec. Being from the other side of Canada I was pleased that we got to learn a little more about this interesting province. Again we had a busy day ahead of us.
Following breakfast we separated into two groups, media and industry, each attending a different workshop. Katharine Sands and Tracy Hanes chaired an interesting workshop giving us The Ins and Outs of Travel Publishing from the prospective of an agent and a publisher. Debbie Geiger and Lorraine Moore gave us an insight into press trips. Both workshops were informative and worthwhile. In between workshops we enjoyed a luncheon put on by Ottawa Tourism and Canadaís Capital Region. It was the last Ottawa function with Stephen Puddister at the helm. He is moving on to work with Toronto Tourism after leaving this event. Stephen helped host our 2000 AGM in Ottawa.
Late afternoon saw the group assembled at the meeting many of us came so far to attend. The highlight of the meeting saw TMAC become a truly national organization. Iím sure it must have thrilled the founding members to see the "little writerís group" they founded in the nineties turn into a national organization in less than a decade. It was with great pride the assembled members, from throughout this vast country, watched as TMAC officially became incorporated as a national organization.
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