VANCOUVER — Following a significant boost in March, Destination Canada’s (DC) latest Tourism Snapshot indicates mixed results for the month of April, which is largely attributed to Easter falling in March this year. In year-over-year comparison, international overnight arrivals in April 2018 fell 7.7 per cent to 1.2 million.
Although total international arrivals and overall arrivals from DC’s 10 focus markets (down 7.8 per cent) were both down from April 2017, growth was recorded in several key markets, including China (up 19.6 per cent), India (up 11.2 per cent), France (up 9.5 per cent) and Australia (up 2.2 per cent).
In comparing April 2018 to April 2016 — the last time Easter fell in March — DC’s long-haul markets expanded by a robust 26.5 per cent.
Year-to-date, overnight arrivals from DC’s long-haul markets reached a record high of 886,000 visitors, up 4.8 per cent compared to the first four months of 2017, while the arrival of 2.9-million visitors from the U.S., up 3.6%, represented the highest level of U.S. overnight visitation to Canada since 2005.
Year-over-year comparison of national hotel indicators revealed a positive trend. Occupancy for the month increased by 1.1 percentage points, while RevPAR and ADR grew by 4.1 per cent and 5.9 per cent respectively.
The complete report is available here.