Religious Travel in Spotlight in Montréal

Hundreds of travel professionals are due in November at a global travel expo focusing on a widening niche.

The global spotlight on religious tourism is shining brightly on Montréal as the World Religious Travel Association welcomes hundreds of faith-based travel professionals and organisations for the third annual World Religious Travel Expo on November 13 to 16. The expo, which describes itself as “the world’s preeminent faith tourism marketplace”, is gathering with more than 500 travel professionals and tourism companies from over 30 countries in attendance.

This November’s expo is being held in conjunction with the NTA Convention for the second year, providing a combined gathering of 2,000-plus travel professionals and tourism-related organisations. “The timing couldn’t be better. With record numbers of people travelling for faith-based purposes in recent years, the two historic events will provide Montréal and Canada a prime opportunity to showcase its world-class shrines and undiscovered places of pilgrimage,” said WRTA President Kevin J Wright.

Canada is home to dozens of sacred sites. Québec’s four national sanctuaries are St Joseph’s Oratory (Montréal), Notre-Dame-du-Cap Sanctuary (Mauricie), the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré (Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré) and Ermitage Saint-Antoine de Lac-Bouchette (Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean). Many local festivities and events are to be held, including scheduled activities and celebrations at St Joseph’s Oratory, which welcomes two million pilgrims and visitors every year.

World Religious Travel Association