For May, trips by both U.S. and overseas travellers were up by reasonable percentages (6.3% and 10.3% respectively) from May 2018. Year-to-date, visits from the U.S are up 4.6%, and overseas visitors saw a 6.8% increase.
Leading the overseas markets was Mexico, with an encouraging increase of 33.3% from April 2018 and up 34.5% YTD. Other key markets with April-to-April increases includes the UK (22.3%, 10.3% YTD), India (27.9%, 24.5% YTD), and France (10.3%, 9.9% YTD).
South Korea saw the largest month over month declines by far at -19% (-16.9% YTD), which continues to be a concern as it is one of our key markets. We hope to see an uptick from this market as we head into summer.
Visits from China were down 1.5% compared with April 2018, but are up 3% YTD. We are still keeping a close eye on this market and will report on Canada-China tourism updates as they become available.
With high season upon us, we hope to see positive momentum throughout the summer in our key markets. Stay tuned for our next update.