Montreal set to break tourism records by end of summer

Montreal is all set to record its highest number of visitors ever this summer, thanks to a number of festivals as well as the city’s 375th-anniversary celebrations and Canada’s 150th birthday bash.

According to Tourism Montreal Vice President, Pierre Bellerose, if the trend so far this summer continues, the city could see 11 million visitors.

Bellerose believes a number of new initiatives have helped boost Montreal’s profile, from new attractions to festival buzz. “We have new flights, direct flights, from China for example, which has brought a greater numbers of Chinese tourists to Montreal,” he said.

The city’s 375th-anniversary celebrations have helped, too, Bellerose said.

Tourism Montreal says last year visitors spent $3 billion and the group expects that amount to increase this year by up to six percent.