VANCOUVER — Destination Canada’s (DC) latest Tourism Snapshot indicates continued year-to-date tourism growth (up one per cent) despite a slight year-over-year decline for the month of July. During the month, Canada welcomed approximately 3.2-million visitors, representing a 0.7-per-cent decrease.

July arrivals from DC’s 10 international markets fell 0.8 per cent year-over-year. Overnight arrivals for the month showed two contrasting trends, with the impact of buoyant growth in direct-air arrivals being restrained by steep declines in air arrivals via the U.S. across almost all of DC’s overseas markets (with India being the exception).

Arrivals from Germany, India and Mexico saw double-digit growth for the month, with increases of 17.1 per cent, 15 per cent and 13.4 per cent respectively. Japan and Australia saw the month’s steepest year-over-year declines, with respective decreases of 11.6 per cent and 11.3 per cent.

Overnight arrivals from the U.S. were down 1.3 per cent for July. This can be partially attributed to a decline in auto arrivals due to the timing of Independence Day — which fell mid-week this year — and a surge in arrivals in 2017 in the midst of Canada’s 150th celebrations over the Canada Day long weekend.

Year-over-year comparison of national hotel indicators also reveals mixed results. Occupancy for the month fell by one percentage point, while RevPAR and ADR grew by 4.4 per cent and 3.1 per cent respectively.

The complete report is available here.


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