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Quebec City: A taste of France

By Bob Cooper

Few cities so close to the U.S. are as delightful as Quebec City. The French culture and language make it a little like visiting a charming French city — minus the jet lag. Adding to the appeal is the far northern location, 60 miles from northern Maine, which makes it a white wonderland all winter and a cool escape in summer. And even in spring and fall, the fun-loving French-Canadian spirit of the city help make it a wonderfully worthwhile destination.

Snow-sational winters

It's fortunate that Quebec City residents (called "Quebecois") embrace winter because it lasts long enough to host snow-dependent events in late-March, such as the World Cup Final in cross-country skiing in 2019 and 2020. Visitors, too, can count on trying an array of outdoor snow and ice activities anytime during the winter, from skiing at any of three downhill and four Nordic skiing areas nearby to snowmobiling and dog sledding. Also close to the city is Village Vacances Valcartier, North America's largest winter playground, with dozens of snow rafting and tube sliding runs and a kilometer-long ice "skateway."

Sun-sational summers

If you prefer sun to snow, come in the summer for temperatures that are typically in the comfy 70s. Cyclists and runners can follow the recreation paths that hug the city's two rivers: the St. Charles, which bisects the city, and the mighty St. Lawrence, which traces its eastern border. On the St. Lawrence you can also take a boat trip for brunch, dinner or simply taking in the sights. If you want to get closer to the water, try rafting the nearby Jacques Cartier River, or you can stay dry while hiking in Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area.

Fantastic festivals

Whether you arrive in winter or summer, there's a number of Quebec City events that can add to the fun during your visit. Five days of New Year's Eve festivities (December 28-January 1) is only a warmup for the city's Carnaval de Quebec (February 8-17) — North America's biggest winter festival — with activities ranging from an ice canoe race on the St. Lawrence to night parades and concerts. The big event of summer is the Festival d'ete de Quebec (July 4-14), a music extravaganza featuring 250 shows across all music genres that collectively draws 325,000 music fans to 10 city-center venues.

Worth a weekend (or more)

Festival or not, there's plenty to see and do in Quebec City during a long weekend or a relaxing week. Most sights are walking distance apart, or you can use Uber (which also goes to the airport). The towering Notre-Dame de Quebec Basilica-Cathedral is a literal high point in the Historic District, which merits UNESCO Heritage Site status as the only walled North American city to preserve its ramparts, bastions and gates. Close by are the Fortifications, the Citadel, Battlefields Park and several major museums, all on or overlooking the St. Lawrence and worth the visit.

A taste of France

Some of the city's best restaurants are fortuitously close to Old Quebec's fortified walls — or inside the walls, such as those sprinkled in among the quaint shops of Place Royale. Like so much in Quebec City, the accent is on French. Even if you can't score a reservation at acclaimed Le Saint-Amour or Champlain — found inside the 125-year-old Chateau Frontenac grand hotel — you can enjoy French culinary traditions at other French-style restaurants, creperies, coffeehouses, bistros and brasseries.

Getting there

Once you have your passport, you're ready to reserve your flight. United Airlines flies from Newark and seasonally from Chicago to Quebec City, and MileagePlus® award miles can be redeemed to cover accommodations and Hertz rentals. Go to united.com or use the United app to plan your trip.

Celebrating immigration perspectives and diverse journeys

By The Hub team, September 25, 2020

From Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, the U.S. celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, a chance to pay tribute to the history, culture and contributions that generations of Latinxs have paved to enrich U.S. history. It is also a reminder to celebrate our differences and spark difficult, yet important, conversations.

To kick off the month, UNITE, our multicultural business resource group for employees, did just that by hosting a panel discussion about the immigrant experience and what it means to be an immigrant in the U.S.

United Litigation and Managing Counsel Elizabeth Lopez, who is a pro bono immigration attorney, moderated the panel, and was joined by Ashley Huebner, Associate Director of Legal Services at the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) and Magdalena Gonzalez, Program Manager, Leadership Development Programs at Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement. The three women shared their insights and personal stories, while addressing some misconceptions and highlighting the contributions of immigrants to our company and country.

Participants' headshots from United's Hispanic Heritage Month Panel From left to right, Elizabeth Lopez, Ashely Huebner and Magdalena Gonzalez

"I started to notice that there were things I was scared of doing, that I needed to be cautious," said Magdalena while sharing her personal experience as a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient. "My friends, who a majority of them are citizens, did not need to worry about that. As I was able to see that, I realized that, 'oh, there's so many things that revolve around not just being a DACA recipient but revolve around being a person with an undocumented status here in the United States.'"

United maintains a close relationship with the NIJC. In May of 2019, United co-hosted an asylum clinic put on by the legal services organization, where several attorneys and legal professionals were trained on representing asylum-seeking applicants. At the end of the clinic, members of our legal department were assigned an asylum case through the NIJC.

Litigation Managing Counsel Elizabeth Lopez, Commercial Transactions Counsel Tiffany Jaspers, Global Compliance and Ethics Counsel Nancy Jacobson and Employment Litigation Senior Manager Dorothy Karpierz were partnered with attorneys from the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery to take on an immigration case of a mother of three from Honduras. Recently, after a years-long court battle, the legal team was victorious, changing the life of the woman and her family.

United is committed to connecting people and uniting the world. Whether you're an immigrant, a child of immigrants or simply want to learn more about the immigrant experience in the U.S., discussions like these, related to this hot-button issue, are important to have in order to understand the human lives behind it.

Make your voice heard

By Brett J. Hart, September 22, 2020

Your voice matters. Voting is one of the most influential civic activities we can engage in as Americans. At United, our mission is to connect people and unite the world — and one of the most important ways to do that is to engage in the democratic process. That's why we've long provided our employees with resources to help them get registered to vote.

This year, we're taking our support a step further as the official airline of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). Since the start of the pandemic, we've overhauled our cleaning measures through a program we call United CleanPlusSM , and the CPD has placed their trust in United to fly Commission production staff to each of the four debates, starting with the first one on September 29, hosted by Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University.

Today, on National Voter Registration Day, we also want to make sure our customers have access to information about how to participate in the 2020 Election. Over the past several months, you've heard a lot from us about how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed air travel. We've learned that with some planning and extra effort, it's still possible — and safe. That's true of voting, too.

No matter which party you support or how you're planning to vote, we know our democracy will be stronger if you make your voice heard and make a plan to vote.

Best,

Brett J. Hart
President
United Airlines

United named to Year Up Opportunity Hall of Fame

By The Hub team, September 17, 2020

Since its launch 20 years ago, Year Up, one of our critical needs grant recipients, has helped more than 10,000 young adults gain access to corporate business and technical experience at large companies like United while offering the invaluable perspectives they bring with them.

On Wednesday, the nonprofit inducted United into its Opportunity Hall of Fame – a selection that occurs once every five years.

Year Up's mission is to help close the opportunity divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Since 2018, our partnership has allowed talented student learners the opportunity to gain corporate business experience and technical skill training at the airline while bringing their unique perspectives to our United family and culture. One of those students is Emily Lopez, who graduated from the Year Up program in January 2019 and was hired to be part of the United family as an analyst in Revenue Management.

"I moved from Venezuela to the United States in July 2016 and being a young immigrant with no resources can be difficult to pursue a career in a new country," said Emily.

After learning about Year Up and ultimately being accepted into the program, Emily landed an internship with United, an opportunity she is very grateful for.

Emily Lopez - Analyst, Pricing & Revenue Management

"Feedback from my mentors, coaches and managers was key during my internship phase and helped me convert my internship at United to a full-time position. I am grateful for the opportunity United has provided me and my Year Up Alumni colleagues to keep building a professional career within the company. I am so excited to continue building a professional career with the company and to see United being inducted to Year Up's Hall of Fame. Let's continue closing the opportunity divide!" said Emily.

Although the coronavirus pandemic has made this year's partnership a bit more difficult, we continue to do our part to support the Year Up student learners. Last month, we surprised 145 graduates of this year's Year Up Chicago program with roundtrip tickets to pursue career and networking opportunities within the United States.

"I've been personally honored and inspired to be an advocate for Year Up since I joined United," said CEO Scott Kirby. "This program gives young people from challenged backgrounds an opportunity to get their foot in the door as interns at United. This year's graduates are entering a challenging job landscape, but we have one thing that can help: a route network that provides easy access to major business markets across the United States."

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