TORONTO — Statistics Canada has released its 2018 National Tourism Indicators for the third quarter of 2018, revealing positive economic indicators.
In Q3 2018, tourism spending in Canada was $80.8 billion, representing an increase of 5.9 per cent compared to the same period in 2017. Domestic revenues edged up 6.9 per cent to almost $63.3 billion and tourism revenues from international travellers increased 2.3 per cent to $17.5 billion.
“These numbers prove the tourism sector deserves to be recognized for its high growth potential. It’s a driving force in job creation for the middle class. This is why I’m crossing the country to hear from leaders in the industry on new ways to grow Canadian tourism opportunities and increase competitiveness globally,” says Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie. “It’s why our government created the Advisory Council on Jobs and the Visitor Economy. People worldwide have never travelled so much and we are working on a national tourism strategy to help communities across the country, large and small, draw more visitors to their regions. The future is bright for Canadian tourism.”
In the first nine months of 2018, tourism activities directly accounted for $33.9 billion of Canada’s GDP — an increase of 5.9 per cent over the same period in 2017. Tourism directly accounted for more than 750,000 jobs from January to September 2018, marking an increase of 1.3 per cent compared to the same period in 2017.