If you’re not a fan of tourists (who is?) taking over Montreal, then 2018 may not be your year.
According to Tourisme Montréal, projected forecasts indicate more tourists are expected to visit Montreal in 2018 than in previous years.
A total of 11.6 million tourists are heading into Montreal in 2018, predicts Tourisme Montréal, which is an increase of 4% compared to 2017.
Most of these tourists will come from overseas, as international visitors are expected to increase by 6.1%.
Yves Lalumière, CEO of Tourisme Montréal, said Montreal is now “popular internationally” when speaking to La Presse.
The increase of international tourists is likely a result of new direct flights to Montreal. For example, the direct Montreal from Shanghai flight will probably increase the presence of Chinese tourists.
But, even if you hate how tourists take over Montreal (especially in the summer months) you can’t argue with the economic benefits. Tourism spending is expected to reach $4.3 billion in 2018.
Tourisme Montréal has said a stronger investment into tourism marketing campaigns, the city’s 375th anniversary, and more spending on tourist-attracting infrastructure (La Grande roue de Montréal is cited as an example) are reasons for the expected increase in tourists.