The international arrival numbers for November were released by Statistics Canada on January 23rd, 2020. Based on this information, TIAC is confident that we are on track for another record year for arrivals.
Overall, inbound visits are up 4.8% over last year, with the most growth coming from overseas residents. Europe, India (+17.2%) and Mexico (+27.3%) continue to have the best overall growth. Growth from China has dropped slightly (-0.2%) and (-12.8%) from South Korea, which TIAC will continue to monitor.
International visitation is key to industry growth. Visitors from overseas stay longer, and spend more on their trips than domestic visitors. Overall, these changes reflect positively on Canada’s travel and tourism industry and help establish tourism as Canada’s largest service export.