Montreal tourism down slightly

Posted By: Trudie Mason · 12/17/2012 10:06:00 AM

Tourism Montreal is reporting a slight drop in the number of visitors taking in the sights of the city this year.

Figures from January to November indicate average hotel occupancy was 67.4 percent, down 1.6 percent compared to last year.

The tourism agency says there are several reasons for the drop, including what it calls the "social disturbances" involving tuition protesters over the summer. As well, there were fewer conventions booked into Montreal and Europe's difficult financial situation discouraged travel to Canada.

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  1. Heather D. posted on 12/17/2012 10:16 AM
    B E A U T I F U L!!!!! I am happy so happy this is happening. This is only the beginning. The maudites quebecoises could put that in their cheap pipes and smoke their demise. This is only the very beginning. NO ONE will want to come visit and leave their US, European or any dollars to visit this God-forsaken province of low-class-toothless-uneducated morons to deal with. Why would they? They can stew in their own juices. I am so happy this came out today. BONJOUR MME MAROIS Bienvenue sur ce que vous avez créé!!!!
    1. Claude C. posted on 12/18/2012 08:49 AM
      @Heather D. Given the tone of your rant, you are certainly not in a class above those you describe.
  2. Jason posted on 12/17/2012 10:58 AM
    Maybe this could be related to the way English visitors are treated in Quebec. Quebec deserves to lose 100% of its tourism. If you don't know how to treat visitors then too bad.
  3. citizen posted on 12/17/2012 01:21 PM
    Really tourism is down?
    If they continue with their Gestapo techniques there will be no more tourists.
    Every where you go in the world there is English signs along with the language of the country.Maybe if the quebecois people would have bilingual signs,bilingual desk clerks,and leave their sovereignty on a back burner, just maybe we will get people here to come over and visit our beautifull city Montreal.
    We are a province not a country for gods sake,I'am proud to be a Canadian living in Montreal Quebec.
    Wake Up!
  4. Heather D. posted on 12/17/2012 01:46 PM
    I posted a comment early this morning and it has yet to appear. I am just wondering what exactly CJAD found was "inappropriate" about my comment that they would refuse to post it. I have not said anything that was derogatory.
    I feel that the Quebec (Montreal) tourism will suffer in the hands of all this craziness going on with the present government and its constituents. They are a bunch of low lifes and unfortunately are bringing down a beautiful city that has been known across the planet as a wonderful party-place. Good luck with this Mme. Marois.
    Seriously, if they don't print this, then CJAD has issues.
    1. Paul posted on 12/17/2012 02:34 PM
      @Heather D. I guess they listened LOL You are right though. Things will get worst and worst with tourism. My friends from the US REFUSE to come visit me now. They had SEVERAL issues in cabs, metro stations and even in restaurants in the old Port. They speak french with an accent but I told them to no bother using that - to ask for service in English - which they have done so and guess what happened. One waitress badmouthed them. She and her colleague were saying how effin bad it was to have to service these people (using some vulgar language). When the bill came, he left her a penny and replied to her in French that since she had such a horrible experience having to service their table in English - he felt compelled to show her how miserable her service was. He walked up to the manager and voiced his discotent and the 25 year old (or so) Manager, just strugged it off basically. GREAT service indeed.
  5. Veronica posted on 12/18/2012 07:08 PM
    As much as I share everyone else's opinion of our unfortunate premier, I have to say that she is not solely to blame for this. Tourism was down from January to November. Marois came into power in September... After the regular busy season for tourists. I would think more people would blame the student protests... Especially since in the spring people were worried tourists wouldn't come here because of them.... Still hate Marois, and next year we will be able to blame her more.
    1. sk posted on 12/19/2012 12:12 PM
      @Veronica well the main reason marois has any power is due mostly to the student votes [ that where purchased by her simply sporting a red square for 2 days] im equally disgusted by marois and student protesters.
  6. J.S. posted on 12/21/2012 07:23 AM
    What a surprise ! Again the many have to pay for the visions of the ignorant few.
    When will the people of this once dominant province stand up and put a permanent end to these uneducated ,brain washed idiots once and for all.
    Being born and raised here it breaks my heart what the p.q. has done to this beautiful province since 1976. Hundreds of years to build Montreal and this province and 36 years for the separatist to ruin it . AMAZING!!
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