Montreal is to ramp up its tourism offering with an array of new flight routes and the opening of two luxury hotels planned for 2019.
Alexandra Leclerc, director of international business development and media relations for Quebec Original (NA400), said that a new Four Seasons hotel, opening in Montreal next March, will add to the city’s “current luxury hotel development boom.”
The Quebec city will also welcome a second luxury boutique hotel, the Birks Hotel Montreal later this year. The hotel will be housed in the famous Birks jewellery building and will have 120 rooms.
Montreal will also benefit from new flight capacity in 2019, including a new direct Aer Lingus route from Dublin to Montreal, which launches August 8.
Additional flights planned for next year include a new Air Canada Tokyo to Montreal flight, which launches in June, and an Austrian Airlines Vienna to Montreal route, which will take off on April 29.
Outside of Montreal, Leclerc said Quebec was focusing on quirky lodgings that offer “immersive, nature-based experiences.”
Options include a floating yurt in the Gaspesie region of Eastern Quebec, a lighthouse in Bas-Saint-Laurent and a tree house in the Laurentian Mountains.
These hotels are in line with the tourist board’s focus on outdoor experiences outside the main cities. “The forests and the mountains are within close distance from Montreal, and can be experienced all in one trip, which is a good selling point for Quebec,” she said.
The French-speaking region is celebrating a number of anniversaries next year, which it hopes will entice further visitors. These include the 50th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s bed-in, a non-violent protest against the Vietnam War that took place at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal. Guests can stay in the hotel’s John Lennon and Yoko One suite, which features original artefacts, audio recordings and letters.
Next year also marks the 25th anniversary of Cirque de Soleil’s show, Alegria, which will return to the big top in the Old Port of Montréal on April 18, 2019, 25 years after its first performance. The show will then travel to Gatineau on August 1.