June 26, 2014 1:14 pm

More visitors expected to Montreal this year: Tourism Montreal

A double-decker tour bus in downtown Montreal on June 26, 2014.

Tim Sargeant/Global News

MONTREAL – Traditionally a bustling place during the summer months, Montrealers can expect their city will be buzzing even more in the months ahead.

Tourism Montreal is forecasting a 2.1 per cent increase in visitors in 2014 compared to last year.

A total of 8.6 million tourists are expected to visit the city in 2014.

The Canadian Grand-Prix was considered a huge success for Montreal this June, bringing in tens of millions of dollars in economic spin-offs for the greater Montreal area.

Hotel bookings in May were also up by more than seven per cent compared to the same month last year.

Tourism officials think that the fact the Canadian dollar has been trading below par compared to the U.S. dollar partly explains why more people are flocking to Montreal this year.

More than 12 per cent of all tourists in 2011 were American, but officials think that number will swell in 2014 – but they weren’t prepared to forecast by how much.

Most tourists in 2011 came from within the province and the rest of Canada, while American visitors were listed as the third largest number of visitors.





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