Although the tourism industry is excited about an influx into downtown Montreal, hotels in the area are not full, according to a hotel industry official.
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Popular with international tourists, Old Montreal stays busy even in the summer.
According to new data from the Quebec government, tourists from Quebec are less likely to visit the metropolis.
8% of Quebecers will visit Montreal, while 19% plan to visit the Quebec region.
“There is still room, I would tell you that the two-week construction work does not necessarily have an impact on Montreal like in other regions, people are used to leaving Montreal,” shared Jean-Sébastien Boudreault, CEO of the Association hôtelière du Québec.
That data doesn’t necessarily worry Mr. Boudreault, who expects a full recovery in Montreal’s tourism compared to pre-pandemic levels.
“This year is going well. We haven’t necessarily reached all of the 2019 levels, but we’re getting very close. There are even certain months of the year where we surpassed 2019, which is our reference year […] We really can’t complain. We have had extremely difficult years, 2020-2021 […] The hotel industry is doing well, the tourism industry is doing well,” he told TVA Nouvelles.
Despite the inflation situation, Quebecers will donate approximately $2,000 during their stay over the next two weeks.
An expert interviewed at LCN says inflation is having “less impact” on people’s holiday plans.
“People have reserved this element in their budget to do good.” […] At the moment we see that reservations are going well, the season is going well too and we have no worries for this year,” said Martin Soucy, CEO of the Alliance de l’industrie touristique du Québec.
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