With more than 100,000 students protesting rising university tuition costs in Montreal, Andrew Rivkin is concerned about it’s effect on tourism in the city. The second largest city in Canada attracts a vast amount of tourism during the summer months and as the student protest enters into its fourth month, Andrew Rivkin believes that it will have a negative effect on tourism in Le Belle Provence. The summer months in Montreal are defined by the city’s many events and festivals. One of city’s main summer attractions, the Grand Prix, is only two weeks away. Protesters have already taken to social media including Twitter warning tourists coming to see the Grand Prix that they should prepare for more than just loud cars.
Andrew Rivkin notes that just the Grand Prix alone pumps an estimated $89 million into the city’s economy. The Grand Prix is also a prime target for protesters as it is about big cars and rich people. The nighttime protests that frequently end in vandalism, violence and arrests are tarnishing Montreal’s image. The U.S. Embassy has even warned American tourists of possible “unforeseen violence” in Montreal related to the student protests. While tourism seems to be remaining steady for now, Andrew Rivkin believes that if the protests continue, it is only a matter of time before the city sees a dip in visitors.
The students are protesting the rising cost of tuition for university in the province. This is in spite of the fact that Quebec has the lowest tuition costs of any province in Canada. These students are putting their future in jeopardy by boycotting classes. Andrew Rivkin finds it highly unlikely that they will receive a refund for the missed classes! Rivkin enjoys traveling to Montreal during the summer for the famous Jazz Festival and adrenaline pumping Grand Prix, but if the protests continue he might have to reconsider.
Average Tuition across all Provinces (per year):
British Columbia: $4,852
New Brunswick: $5,583
Nova Scotia: $5,731