Current projects-CED
  • Tourism Mégantic

    Tourism Mégantic

    CED is pleased to announce that the Mégantic Region in the province of Québec, Canada, is a member of its global SMED destinations network since May 2018.
  • Beijing Road Cultural Tourism Zone

    Beijing Road Cultural Tourism Zone

    The historic area of Guangzhou (China), known as the Beijing Road Cultural Tourism Zone, a new destination partner in the SMED global network
  • SMED in Guangzhou Yuexiu District

    SMED in Guangzhou Yuexiu District

    Signing ceremony of the SMED agreement by Mr. Sylvain St-Amand, president of CED, and officials from the Guangzhou Yuexiu People's Government
  • Chengdu, China

    Chengdu, China

    Chengdu, a SMED destination, on fast track to national hub, livable eco-city
  • The Cafés de village, Eastern Townships

    The Cafés de village, Eastern Townships

    One of the key recommendations of the SMED report for Cantons-de-l'Est (Eastern Townships), Canada
  • Douro Valley

    Douro Valley

    In 2007, Douro Valley became the first destination in the world to implement the System of Measures for Excellence in Destinations (SMED)
  • SMED Destinations

    SMED Destinations

    Global network of destinations committed to excellence in partnership with the CED.
Current projects

Tourism Mégantic, Eastern Townships, Province of Quebec, Canada

In 2018, the Mégantic region was the first destination in the world to implement the CED' SMED Lab, 

a tool designed for small-sized destinations or destinations in emergence. 

As part of its partnership with the Mégantic Region, the CED brings its contribution in the development 

of their five-year development plan.

“One of the best decisions our organization has ever made was to implement the World Centre of Excellence 

for Destinations’ SMED (System of Measures for Excellence in Destinations). Being collectively introduced 

to this system through a series of workshops gave us the opportunity not only to grasp the real potential of 

Mégantic region as a destination, but also to encourage and promote collaboration between tourism stakeholders. 

The collaborative working spirit developed during the process will surely allow us to reach our shared goals by 2020. 

We can’t wait to see what an exceptional touristic experience the Mégantic region will be able to offer at the beginning 

of the new decade!”

                                                                         Jean François Ruel, Tourism Development Officer Mégantic Region

Wilaya of Mascara (Algeria) 

The CED and AOM Invest, its partner in Algeria, have taken steps to implement the SMED in the 

wilaya of Mascara. The project was initiated following a mission of the CED in this destination 

in April 2016.

Since 2009, CED has been working with the Network of Expert-Researchers on Arab Tourism 

for organizing international symposiums on Arab tourism.

The first international symposium on Arab tourism took place in 2012 in Marrakech; the second 

in 2014 in Montreal, and the third in 2016 in Agadir. The 2018 edition will take place in Algiers.

The symposium has the following objectives:

·      - question the relationship between tourism, society and local development;

·      - identify the practices and experiences of national tourism in Arab societies;

·      - highlight the various policies and strategies in the implementation of tourism development, 

         in particular the tourism of nationals;

In addition, this symposium will provide an opportunity for debate between researchers from 

diverse disciplines (earth sciences, anthropology, economics, geography, management, history, 

sociology, literary studies, etc.), but also between researchers, administrators and professionals 

in the sectors of tourism and leisure.

The Network of Expert-Researchers on Arab Tourism is under the direction of Professor Boualem 

Kadri, Department of Urban Studies and Tourism, School of Management, Université du Québec 

à Montréal (UQAM). UQAM is one of the CED founding partners.

Information on the 4th edition of the International Symposium on Tourism in the Arab World :

Since March 2017, CED and CETT Barcelona have been working to carry out research and 

development activities on innovative models of destination governance.

Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Province of Québec, Canada

CED brings its assistance for the creation of the Canada’s first theme park of water resources.

This park will be located in Amos, the central city of the MRC d’Abitibi. The idea of such a park 

was launched by Professor François Bédard, CED Director General, during a meeting at 

Tourism Amos-Harricana as part of the SMED Abitibi-Témiscamingue audit conducted in the fall of 2016.

The results of the audit, released on March 28, 2017, show that this destination has improved greatly 

its performance since the SMED report in 2012.