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VANCOUVER — Destination Canada’s (DC) latest Tourism Snapshot indicates continued tourism growth through September 2018, with year-to-date overnight arrivals reaching 16.9 million — in spite of a slight contraction in September arrivals (down 3.2 per cent) — representing year-over-year growth of 0.9 per cent.

During the month of September, Canada welcomed approximately 2.1-million visitors and experienced a 4.2-per-cent drop in arrivals from DC’s 10 international markets.

Decreased September arrivals were primarily driven by lower arrivals from the U.S. (down 6.5 per cent). A 5.5-per-cent decrease in U.S. auto arrivals for the month contributed to this decrease, primarily driven by calendar effects related to the timing of the Labour Day weekend.

Arrivals from DC’s long-haul markets were up 2.7 per cent for the month, with mixed results reported for these nine markets. The growth was driven by double-digit gains from Mexico (26.2 per cent), India (21.2 per cent), China (18.2 per cent) and Germany (11.4 per cent). Steep declines from South Korea, Japan and Australia tempered these results.

Year-over-year comparison of national hotel indicators also revealed mixed results. Occupancy for the month fell 0.5 percentage points, while RevPAR and ADR grew by 5.3 per cent and 4.6 per cent, respectively.

The complete report is available here.

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