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VANCOUVER — Destination Canada’s (DC) latest Tourism Snapshot indicates continued tourism growth through October 2018, with year-to-date overnight arrivals reaching 18.6 million — in spite of a slight contraction in October arrivals (down 0.2 per cent) — representing year-over-year growth of 1.2 per cent.

During the month of October, Canada welcomed 1.5-million visitors, experiencing a 1.2-per-cent drop in arrivals from DC’s 10 international markets.

Overnight arrivals from the U.S. contracted by 2.8 per cent year-over-year in October, marking the second consecutive month of declining U.S. arrivals. However, October arrivals from DC’s long-haul markets increased 4.4 per cent, with double-digit gains from both Mexico and China — climbing 41.3 per cent and 17.4 per cent respectively. Once again, steep year-over-year declines from Japan, Australia and South Korea tempered these results.

Year-over-year comparison of national hotel indicators revealed positive results. Occupancy for the month rose 1.3 percentage points, while RevPAR and ADR grew by 3.4 per cent and 5.4 per cent, respectively.

The complete report is available here.

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