A record breaking year for Canada’s tourism sector

In case you missed it, last month we announced a second consecutive record-breaking year with 21.13 million travellers to Canada in 2018 according to Statistics Canada.

Key Highlights:
2018 was the best year for Canadian tourism on record, with arrivals reaching 21.13 million, breaking the 21 million mark for the first time ever.

  • A record breaking performance in December brought 2018 US arrivals to 14.44 million, the highest level recorded since 2004.
  • New annual arrivals records set in the following key international markets:
    • China – 737,379 arrivals, up 6% over 2017 (first time exceeding 700,000)
    • France – 604,166 arrivals, up 5% over 2017 (first time exceeding 600,000)
    • Mexico – 404,402 arrivals, up 5% over 2017 (first time exceeding 400,000)
    • India – 287,416 arrivals, an increase of 15% over 2017.
  • New monthly arrivals records set for December in the following key international markets:
    • United States – 944,886 arrivals, up 2% over December 2017
    • China – 41,497 arrivals, up 6% over December 2017
    • France – 41,014 arrivals, up 2% over December 2017
    • Mexico – 40,996 arrivals, up 6% over December 2017
    • Australia – 37,485 arrivals, up 4% over December 2017
    • India – 17,855 arrivals, up 5% over December 2017.

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