International visitors influence Montreal’s powerful summer tourism performance

 Thursday, September 20, 2018 


As per the recent figures compiled by Tourisme Montreal, financial indicators for the tourism industry of Montreal continued to rise during the 2018 summer season. The economy and tourism industry of the city are still flourishing following the anniversary celebrations of 2017.

Montreal-Trudeau Airport showed high foreign passenger traffic in the months of June and July, with an up of 8.8% in passenger numbers from the U.S. and a 10.7% rise in international passenger numbers. Total volumes have grown ever since the beginning of the year and till date Montreal has welcomed over 11 million passengers, marking a 6.9% year-over-year gain.

International tourism is rising with 6.8% up in international travelers entering Quebec’s borders in May and June in comparison to the same time in 2017. Since the beginning of the year, the overseas visitor number has improved 7.2% over 2017. All of the top markets of Montreal performed excellent with French-speaking Europe rising 10.8% in May and June compared with the same periods last year, and Germany gaining 17.4%. Following the addition of many direct air links to Asia, Tourisme Montreal saw a substantial growth in tourists from this market, with 20.8% Chinese visitors and 139.2% more Japanese visitors in May and June.

“Montreal is seeing increasingly higher numbers of tourists from emerging markets. Our plan is to step up our efforts to attract visitors from new Asian markets while maintaining current offensives and exploring other segments. The future of tourism is very promising in Montreal and across Quebec, with international growth outpacing expectations,” said Yves Lalumiere, President and CEO of Tourisme Montreal.


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