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Saturday,  May 25, 2024 1:24 PM 

Monaco makes stop in Toronto

Monaco makes stop in Toronto
Of the Monaco Government Tourist and Convention Authority: Guy Antognelli, deputy general and Valerie Tomatis-Nouailhac, media relations manager.

Monaco, together with Atout France, is in the midst of its first Canadian roadshow which kicked off earlier this week in Montreal, stopping in Toronto yesterday (Oct. 5) – where PAX caught up with them – and wrapping up tonight in Vancouver.

Describing itself as being “always at the avant-garde of tourism,” representatives from the tiny principality (it is the second smallest state in the world after Vatican City) – including Guy Antognelli, deputy general manager for the Monaco Government Tourist and Convention Authority – were on-hand to share “the many wonders that are Monaco” with those in attendance.

Boasting 300 days of sunshine per year, more than 2,500 hotel rooms – most of which (80 per cent) are in the four- and five-star categories, culinary offerings that are a dream for gourmands (along with being the country with the highest number of Michelin star-rated restaurants per square foot, Monaco also offers a diverse array of casual and farm-to-table dining options), and a surprising number of attractions and activities, Monaco packs a lot of punch within its two square kilometres.

Located along the French Riviera, Monaco is easily accessible by air via the Nice Côte d'Azur Airport, but also by train if you are coming from elsewhere in Europe, such as France (three hours by train from Paris) or Italy (four hours by train from Milan).

In terms of hotels, Monaco is home to many acclaimed properties, including the Hôtel de Paris which is located next to the Casino de Monaco and currently undergoing a renovation; the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo, aka “the most romantic hotel in Europe,” which is done up in full Belle Époque style; and the Hôtel Métropole, Monte-Carlo, which just last week announced that it will be the home to Givenchy’s first spa in Monaco, scheduled to open in February 2017.

Home to more than 700 events per year, including the famous F1 Grand Prix, the Monaco Yacht Show and the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (tennis) among many others, in his presentation, Antognelli also highlighted the 'Unexpected Monaco,' including draws such as the Brasserie de Monaco, the country’s own boutique organic craft beer, the fact that the Crêpe Suzette was born in the state and that Monaco is focused on sustainable development and ecotourism.

For travel agents, Antognelli recommends becoming members of Le Club Diamant Rouge de Monaco, the preferred travel club of the Monaco Government Tourist Office in North America. Exclusive in benefits and affordable in price, it offers agents a great way to take advantage of all the Principality has to offer.

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