VANCOUVER — Canada received 1.07-million visitors in December 2013, an increase of 0.3 per cent, compared with the same month in 2012, according to the new “Tourism Snapshot,” conducted by the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC).

 The report, which examined statistics and travel trends throughout the month of December, outlined various highlights, including total arrivals from CTC’s international markets, which slipped 0.2 per cent; overnight arrivals from the U.S. fell 1.3 per cent.

While overnight visitors from the U.K. fell two per cent, increased arrivals from Germany (7.4 per cent), France (6.2 per cent) and Australia (2.6 per cent) led CTC’s core markets to a 2.2-per-cent gain overall.

CTC’s emerging and transition markets posted a substantial increase, led by China (23.8 per cent), Mexico (12.7 per cent) and India (9.2 per cent). Meanwhile, arrivals from Japan increased 1.5 per cent, while arrivals from South Korea lagged by 6.5 per cent and Brazil declined one per cent.

At year-end 2013, average RevPAR was $83.29 (up 3.8 per cent), with Northwest Territories posting the strongest growth (7.8 per cent, $107.11) followed by Alberta (7.7 per cent, $93.81). The national occupancy rate rose to 48.2 per cent, an increase of 2.1 per cent, compared to the previous year.

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