Our story starts at the beginning of the 1990s when the Québec Ministry of Tourism established four committees – including the resort committee – to help raise Québec’s reputation on the international scene and position the province as a premier vacation destination.
In the beginning, all resort establishments in Québec wanted to join the Québec Resorts & Country Inns association (now called Ôrigine artisans hôteliers). Unlike today however, there were no precise – or rigorous – selection criteria: membership was open to one and all, and the sheer numbers contributed to the association’s initial success.
Changes in the market quickly compelled the association to start emphasizing quality and make it a priority in the selection criteria in order to attract, satisfy and instil loyalty in an increasingly more demanding clientele. At about the same time, Ôrigine artisans hôteliers committed to creating one unifying banner.
Also in the 1990s, Ôrigine artisans hôteliers became a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting member establishments with marketing activities that targeted the organized group travel market outside Québec.
Over the years, the association has adapted and evolved according to changing trends, and has undertaken the task of developing a niche market for individual travellers. As part of these efforts, Ôrigine artisans hôteliers added a key educational aspect to its mandate; that is, helping members better understand the international market, create more attractive packages, etc.
That is how Ôrigine artisans hôteliers has built its community based on friendship and mutual help.
Ôrigine artisans hôteliers today
It is with great pride that we acknowledge Ôrigine artisans hôteliers’s current status as the best network of country inns and hotels in Québec. Our superior accommodations, fine regionally-inspired cuisine and a variety of activities for all make our offer unique and unparalleled. By booking a stay in one of the many establishments in our network, you are choosing more than a simple hotel room. You are opening yourself to an experience of endless possibilities, one that will rise to meet your needs from check-in to check-out.
Auberge des Gallant, Auberge du Lac Saint-Pierre, Auberge de la Montagne Coupée, Auberge Godefroy, Auberge des 21, Auberge des Falaises, Estrimont Suites & Spa, Estérel Suites, Spa & Lac are proud to have been part of the Ôrigine artisans hôteliers network since it was first created 25 years ago.