Spring 2015 was the best season for tourism in Montreal in 20 years. Tourism Montreal explained that this was largely fueled by business travelers, most of whom were coming from the U.S.
The region saw a 14 percent increase in business travelers for the period between January and April 2015 compared to the same time in 2014. The amount of American business travelers expanded by a whopping 81 percent between spring 2014 and spring of this year, which contributed to a 48 percent increase in hotel bookings. Currently, Montreal is home to an estimated 300 business conventions per year, and it appears this number will only be increasing as the city establishes itself as a dynamic, international locale. Over 6 million people traveled via Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau airport this spring, a never-before-seen number for this port.
Montreal’s steady tourism growth will likely have a positive impact on the region’s employment numbers, which are higher than national averages. Currently, Quebec’s unemployment rate is 7.7 percent, down from 8 percent in June, noted Statistics Canada. While the area’s jobless average remains above Canada’s overall unemployment rate of 6.8 percent, Montreal’s growing tourism field should help close the gap between local and countrywide numbers in the near future.