Montreal tourism numbers this spring best in 20 years

Experts attribute the tourist boom to good advertising and a bump in the number of conferences held here.

Tourism Montreal says an increased number of conferences make huge impact

Tourism Montreal said the city is becoming a hot spot because of effective campaigns and an increase in the number of conventions. (Shutterstock / Maridav)

Tourism Montreal says this spring was the best the city has had in 20 years.

The number of visitors to Montreal between April and June increased by 14 per cent compared to 2014.

Numbers have increased across the board: air traffic, the number of business conferences and hotel occupancy are all up.

The hotel occupancy rate for April and May was 80 per cent, up two percentage points over last year.

The president of Tourism Montreal, Yves Lalumière, said numbers for June also look good.

"In June, hotels are totally booked," he said.

Lalumière credits a number of web and advertising campaigns for helping make Montreal a hot spot.

He also said the city is becoming an increasingly popular destination for conferences, which really impacts tourism numbers.


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