VANCOUVER — Destination Canada’s (DC) latest Tourism Snapshot indicates continued tourism growth through October 2017. During the month, Canada welcomed more than 1.5 million visitors (up 4.5 per cent year-over-year).
Year-to-date (YTD) as of October 2017, overnight arrivals from 10 of Destination Canada’s 11 international markets increased over the same period in 2016, with the overseas markets gaining nine per cent and arrivals from the US improving by 2.9 per cent. The U.K. registered the sole year-to-date decline in arrivals (down 3.3 per cent).
Destination Canada’s Latin-American markets continued to lead international arrivals to Canada, up 48.1 per cent in October and 41.3 per cent YTD. This performance was fuelled by strong increases in arrivals from Mexico (up 54.5 per cent in October and 51.9 per cent YTD) and Brazil (up 38.1 per cent in October and 19.3 per cent YTD), which both continued to benefit from recent changes to the visa requirement.
DC’s Asia-Pacific region rebounded in October (up 11.7 per cent), despite another monthly downturn in arrivals from Japan (down 1.2 per cent). Tourism growth in the region was driven by strong performance from South Korea (up 36.7 per cent), India (up 20.8 per cent) and China (up 12.1 per cent).
In October 2017, overnight arrivals from Destination Canada’s Europe region fell (down 5.3 per cent), due to an accelerated contraction in arrivals from the U.K. (down 12.7 per cent).
Year-over-year comparison of national hotel indicators also reveals a positive trend. Occupancy for the month increased by three percentage points, while RevPAR and ADR grew by six per cent and 10.9 per cent respectively.
The complete report is available here.