OTTAWA — The Conference Board of Canada’s National and Metropolitan Travel Markets Outlooks forecasts another strong year for Canadian tourism.
“A favourable exchange rate coupled with low gas prices will make Canada an attractive destination for both Canadian and international travellers in 2016,” says Greg Hermus, associate director for The Conference Board of Canada’s Canadian Tourism Research Institute.
This year, overnight visits to Canada from the U.S. and overseas are each expected to grow by more than five per cent. Domestic travel is also expected to get a boost, with predicted growth of 2.1 per cent in 2016.
Regionally, the nine Canadian cities covered in the report should see varied levels of tourism growth in 2016. Edmonton will see the lowest growth at 0.8 per cent, while Vancouver is set to experience the highest increase, with overnight visits expected to grow by 4.1 per cent in 2016.
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