Following an online survey of Lonely Planet readers, Facebook fans and Twitter followers, Montréal ranks third among the “Best Summer Cities” in the world, just behind Barcelona and Sydney.
Other prominent cities listed in the Lonely Planet’s blog include London, Chicago, Stockholm, Edinburgh, Berlin, Amsterdam, New York, and Lisbon (inside-digital.blog.lonelyplanet.com/2011/06/22/is-this-the-worlds-best-summer-city).
“This is indeed a wonderful acknowledgement to receive from international travellers,” expressed the Honourable Charles Lapointe, president and CEO of Tourisme Montréal. “This result reflects what we hear about Montréal when travelling elsewhere, that is, that Montréal is a summer city beyond compare.”
Montréal welcomes some 7.5 million tourists each year, and while the majority of which, at 32.1 per cent, visit during the summer, the city remains a popular destination year round: 20.1 per cent come in winter, 24.8 per cent in spring and 23 per cent in autumn.