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Gradual Growth in International Arrivals Continues, However Canada Still Lags Behind Pace of Global Growth

posted on January 24, 2013

Statistics Canada’s latest international travel figures for November, 2012 show modest growth from both the United States and long-haul markets.

The U.S. market continues to grow gently, with a 1.2% increase in U.S. visitors over the same month in 2011 to 590,000 and a 2.3% increase in arrivals from the U.S. year-to-date (January to November) to 11.1 million.

Visits from countries other than the U.S. also grew modestly, with November 2012 arrivals 1.8% higher than November 2011 and year-to-date figures for long-haul markets up by 0.7% to 4.15 million arrivals.

Overall, international arrivals are up by 1.8% year-to-date, to 15,254,000 arrivals in the first 11 months of the year, a jump of about 275,000 visitors.

It should be noted that while the latest figures show a lot of promise, particularly in the emerging markets of China, Brazil, Mexico and India, the 1.8% growth still falls well behind the global pace of 4% growth in tourism arrivals, a difference of 325,000 potential additional visitors.

Among the countries (other than the U.S.) posting notable gains in November:

  • France (+8.6% month-over-month*, but -0.6% year-to-date**);
  • China (+4.5% month-over-month, +20% year-to-date);
  • Japan (+7.4% month-over-month, +10% year-to-date);
  • Mexico (+4.0% month-over-month, +8.7% year-to-date);
  • Brazil (+65% month-over-month, +7.6% year-to-date);
  • South Korea (+1.9% month-over-month, but -4.1% year-to-date);
  • Australia (+10.1% month-over-month, + 7.1% year-to-date)

However, these gains were offset by declines from:

  • Germany (-0.5% month-over-month, -3.2% year-to-date);
  • United Kingdom (-3.7% month-over-month, -8.2% year-to-date); and
  • India (-7.9% month-over-month, but +7.0% year-to-date)

*November 2012 versus November 2011
**January through November 2012 versus January through November 2011