This report contains a review of and outlook for tourism activity in Quebec, assessing the impact of COVID-19 and the public health restrictions on tourism. It examines domestic, U.S., and overseas activity as well as the situation in Montréal and Québec City.
- Quebec’s unique offerings of natural beauty and culture are drawing increasing numbers of visitors. The number of overseas visitors is expected to eclipse pre-pandemic levels by 2024.
- Renewed confidence in international travel means that more residents are seeking overseas destinations, which will weigh down domestic travel.
- The government continues to provide support to the tourism industry, support that has been crucial in safeguarding businesses during the pandemic.
- In both Montréal and Québec City, full-scale in-person festivals will go ahead this summer. Such events are major draws for both international and domestic visitors.
- Labour shortages will challenge businesses as they seek to recruit employees to meet demand. At the same time, high inflation means that consumers are facing rising travel costs.