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A Record Breaking Year for Canada’s Tourism Sector

A Record Breaking Year for Canada’s Tourism Sector

Destination Canada, Canada’s National Marketing Organization, announced a second consecutive record breaking year with 21.13 million travellers to Canada in 2018 according to Statistics Canada.

According to the Destination Canada report, Tourism generates 745,300 jobs in communities across Canada and contributes an estimated $102.5 billion to the economy. Destination Canada supports this thriving sector through innovative, data-driven marketing in key international markets with industry partners. 

Overnight arrivals to Canada from countries other than the United States reached an all-time high of 6.7 million in 2018, representing 32% of the total arrivals. Overseas tourists typically stay in Canada longer and spend more, benefiting tourism businesses in communities across Canada, and the economy.

Tourism Brantford is a destination marketing organization that seeks to maximize tourism potential for the City of Brantford and provide support to the area’s tourism industry. We have a strong focus on the sport tourism, motor coach (travel trade) and meetings & conventions markets. In 2018, these markets welcomed over 45,000 visitors to our community to attend events and explore attractions, resulting in an economic impact of over $5 million. The Brantford Visitor & Tourism Centre welcomed 10,657 visitors alone in 2018.

Key Highlights

  •       2018 was the best year for Canadian tourism on record, with arrivals reaching 21.13 million, breaking the 21 million mark for the first time ever
  •       China, France, and Mexico surpassed the 700K, 600K, and 400K marks, respectively, for annual visitors to Canada for the first time in 2018
  •       A record breaking performance in December brought 2018 US arrivals to 14.44 million, the highest level recorded since 2004

Please click here to read the full report from Destination Canada

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Destination Canada , Statistics Canada , Tourism , Brantford Tourism , Ontario Tourism , Brantford Visitor & Tourism Centre

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