Montreal tourism is slowly rising back to pre-pandemic levels

Tourisme Montréal says the number of international tourists nearly doubled during the summer of 2020, but that’s 92.5 percent lower than in 2019.

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Tourism in Montreal increased slightly during the summer of 2021 compared to 2020, but remained well below the pre-pandemic level recorded in 2019, Tourism Montreal reported Thursday.

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The hotel occupancy rate stood at 38.5 percent this summer, an improvement over the 22.7 percent reported in the summer of 2020, but significantly less than the 47.5 percent recorded in 2019.

Tourism Montreal also noted a 199.1 percent increase in the number of international tourists in July compared to the same month a year earlier, but that level remained 92.5 percent lower than in 2019.

Meanwhile, the number of arrivals at Montreal’s Trudeau Airport this summer was 75.2% lower than in July 2019.

Traffic at Montreal’s tourist attractions was 16% higher last June than 12 months earlier, but 75% lower than in 2019.

Between May and September this year, 53 conventions scheduled to take place in Montreal were postponed, reducing the number of expected participants by 59,515.

Montreal’s tourism levels routinely broke records before the pandemic, the agency said, adding that the tourism industry, particularly business tourism, was one of the sectors hardest hit by the COVID-19 outbreak and requires ongoing support if better results are to be expected. by 2022.

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