VANCOUVER — Destination Canada’s (DC) latest Tourism Snapshot indicates continued tourism growth through November 2017 — putting 2017 on track to surpass the international arrivals record set in 2002. During the month, Canada welcomed more than 1.06 million visitors (up 8.6 per cent year-over-year).
Year-to-date (YTD) as of November 2017, Canada has welcomed 19.45 million overnight visitors, marking the first time this period has surpassed the cap of 19 million arrivals. During this period, Canada also experienced the largest increases in overnight arrivals originating from Destination Canada’s 10 overseas markets (up 9.3 per cent).
Destination Canada’s Latin-American markets continued to lead international arrivals to Canada, up 67.2 per cent in November — the second-highest growth performance in 2017 — increasing the region’s YTD growth record to 42.6 per cent.
Led by impressive growth from South Korea (up 54.6 per cent), India (up 33.1 per cent) and China (up 23.7 per cent), arrivals to Canada from Destination Canada’s Asia-Pacific region in November 2017 set a new record for the month — climbing 19.5 per cent.
Overall, nine of DC’s 11 international markets reported year-over-year growth, excluding the U.K. (down 12.5 per cent) and Japan (down 4.7 per cent).
Year-over-year comparison of national hotel indicators also reveals a positive trend. Occupancy for the month increased by 2.4 percentage points, while RevPAR and ADR grew by 4.1 per cent and 8.4 per cent respectively.