Magog, Quebec – 8.October – The PAL + management team has made the decision to cease operations of the Orford Express tourist train. The train had been inactive for the past few months due to COVID-19.
This decision is the result of several factors including the growth and development of the group’s other businesses. The group offers unique experiences in hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions: Espace 4 Saisons hotel | Bistro 4 Saisons | Étoile-sur-le-Lac hotel | L’Ancrage restaurant | OMG Resto | Escapades Memphrémagog’s cruise ship | Orford Express tourist train.
Orford Express is based out of Magog, however o
over the former CMQ route in the Eastern Townships of Quebec.
Ms. Élyse L’Espérance, Deputy President and CEO of PAL + said that, “The Orford Express train was a great adventure for our company and the region. Indeed, since the entry into service of this tourist product, some 350,000 passengers had the opportunity to visit the Eastern Townships region by train. With this business experience, we are convinced that our other tourism companies offer equally memorable experiences and will be able to attract many visitors to our beautiful region over the next few years. ”
This business decision is made with almost no job cuts within PAL +. Due to the CoVid-related cancellation of the 2020 tourist train season, most of the Orford Express employees worked to operate the Grand Cru d’Escapades Memphrémagog during the last summer season.
PAL + employs nearly 300 people in high season through its tourism businesses and annually welcomes around 250,000 visitors to the latter. “Despite the context linked to the Covid, our group is equally dedicated to providing customers with memorable tourist experiences in the region from Magog-Orford and Sherbrooke. We are resolutely looking to the future, ”concludes L’Espérance.