Thanks to a host of anniversaries being celebrated, Montreal is predicted to hit record tourism figures this summer.
This year Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary of Confederation as well as the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup, the world’s most famous ice hockey trophy. It is also Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations, meaning there is no better time to visit Canada with Cruise & Maritime.
Pierre Bellerose, vice president of Tourism Montreal said that new initiative also helped with the figures, which have seen an increase in visitors from the UK, USA, Germany and China in particular: "We have new flights, direct flights, from China for example."
According to Just for Laughs Festival founder Gilbert Rozon, his event sold out all of its 42 shows in what will be a memorable year for him: "I will remember this year, because something happened, something happened," he said.
Montreal expects 11.2 million tourists over 2017
While the summer looks like it will be the best on record for tourism, Montreal is actually expecting to bring in 11.2 million tourists across 2017, with the number of significant anniversaries being credited as a major lure.
This would be an increase of 5.3 to 5.5 per cent over 2016, according to the Conference Board of Canada. Notably, this is also two percentage points higher than the rest of the country which expects an increase of around 3.7 per cent.
Reports are showing that hotels in downtown Montreal are currently enjoying a 90 per cent occupancy rate, while a poll by Ipsos revealed that 95 per cent of tourists were at least satisfied with their stay in Montreal in 2016.
So why not get amongst the festivities with a cruise to Canada with Cruise & Maritime this year, or admire the other attractions the city has to offer. Head to Mont Royal for unforgettable vistas of the city, walk around the Parisian-style Old Montreal or visit the incredible Parc Jean Drapeau biosphere.
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