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Tourism Statistics in Canada

Olivia Bush

  • Updated: January 9, 2024
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Many industries were hit hard by the global COVID pandemic, but the hardest hit industry was the tourism industry. The ban on travel directly affected airlines, cruise lines, accommodation services, tourist attractions, and food services.

It also had an indirect impact on other industries such as retail when visiting shoppers didn’t bring in extra revenue. Some areas, such as the South Shore area in Nova Scotia, were hit harder than others because many local businesses rely on the revenue brought in by tourists.

In this article, we have collected data on how the pandemic affected the tourist industry. We have also included statistics from the first quarter of 2022 to see what has been happening with the number of tourists in Canada since travel bans were lifted.

Tourism Statistics for Canadians

Canada recorded 32 million tourists in 2019 with Toronto and Vancouver the two most popular destinations among international tourists.

  • The number of jobs in tourism-dependent industries fell from 2.1 million in 2019 to 1.6 million by the end of 2020.
  • Post-pandemic, the tourist industry has struggled to find staff and at the end of the first quarter of 2022, there were 170,000 unfilled jobs in tourism.
  • The revenues from the aviation industry fell by 89.9% from April to December 2020.

The tourism spending in the first quarter of 2022 was 34.2% below the pre-pandemic levels of 2019.

  • The GDP from tourism increased by 11.9% in the final quarter of 2021.
  • Spending by Canadians was 85.8% of the total tourism spending in the first quarter of 2022.

There were 315,400 overseas tourists in Canada in May 2022.

  • There were almost ten times more trips to Canada made by US residents in May 2022 compared to the year before and almost twelve times the number of overseas visitors.
  • There were seven times as many trips to the United States by Canadian residents in May 2022 compared to the previous May.
  • 593,200 Canadians flew to the United States in May 2022, which represents 73.6% of the trips by air recorded in May 2019. Overseas flights returned to 67.2% of the pre-pandemic levels in May 2019.
  • 44% of Canadians feel confident welcoming tourists from overseas to their area, while 70% are happy to welcome tourists from other parts of Canada.

84% of Canadians believe tourism is important to the Canadian economy.

Before the Pandemic

In 2019, before COVID forced countries around the world to close their borders, Canada recorded a total of 32 million tourists, the ninth-highest number in the world. However, when looking at the number of tourists in relation to the population, Canada is 49th in the world with 0.85 tourists per resident. It ranked number one in North America.

Toronto and Vancouver were the most popular destinations in Canada among international travellers. In 2019, Toronto ranked 53rd and Vancouver 68th among the world’s most popular cities with 4.74 million and 3.4 million tourists respectively.

In 2019, there were 2.1 million jobs in the tourism-dependent industries and there were 232,000 tourism establishments.

During the Pandemic

Initially, in the first quarter of 2020, only 187,000 jobs were lost in the industry, but as the pandemic forced the borders to stay closed for much longer than initially thought, the second quarter of 2020 saw 581,000 jobs lost. By the end of 2020, there were 1.6 million jobs in the tourism-dependent industries.

The number of active tourism businesses fell by 9.9% in December 2020 compared to January 2020. This was over three times the overall contraction of the Canadian economy, which was 3.1% during the same period.

The aviation industry was one of the hardest hit, with the revenues from April to December 2020 declined by 89.9%. In the same period, accommodation revenues from hotel stays fell by 71.2%. Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver recorded the lowest occupancies in Canada and saw the biggest revenue drop at 90.8% representing a loss of $2.3 billion across the three cities.

Post Pandemic

In the first quarter of 2022, tourism’s share of the gross domestic product in Canada was 1.3% of the total. The gross domestic product from tourism was up by 0.9% and it was the fourth consecutive quarterly increase. Tourism spending increased by 50.7% in the last four quarters, but in the first quarter of 2022, it was still 34.2% below the pre-pandemic levels of 2019.

The growth in the first quarter was largely due to an increase in tourism spending by Canadians during domestic trips. This was up 2.9% compared to the final quarter of 2021. In the first quarter of 2022, tourism spending by international tourists was down by 6.9% compared to the final quarter of 2021. However, there had been a large increase in the number of overnight visitors from the United States and overseas in the final quarter of 2021 especially during the Christmas holidays.

The tourism sector has been steadily adding back over half a million jobs and the number of jobs in the tourist industry went up by a further 0.8% in the first quarter of 2022. However, the industry has struggled to fill these jobs and there were still 170,000 jobs unfilled by the end of the quarter.

Closer look at the tourism spending increases

GDP: The GDP from tourism increased by 11.9% in the final quarter of 2021. It was followed by a more modest increase of 0.9% in the first quarter of 2022. The biggest contribution to the tourism GDP came from the transportation services at 2.9%.

Employment: The number of jobs attributed to tourism has been steadily rising since travel restrictions were relaxed. The number of jobs rose by 4.8% in the fourth quarter of 2021 and by a further 0.8% in the first quarter of 2022. Travel services were the largest contributor with a 10.2% increase followed by transportation services (2.6%).

Domestic Tourism Spending: The amount Canadians spend on travel increased by 2.9% in the first quarter of 2022. The main contributors towards the increase were passenger air transport, and pre-trip expenses such as camping equipment, recreational vehicles and crafts and activities equipment. Spending by Canadians was 85.8% of the total tourism spending in the first quarter of 2022.

International Tourism Spending: Spending by international tourists was up by 116.4% in the last quarter of 2021. However, it well by 6.9% in the first quarter of 2022. The biggest contributor to the decline in the first quarter of 2022 was passenger air transport at 11.4% followed by accommodation services at 4.8%.

Tourism Statistics for May 2022

In May 2022, the number of international tourists in Canada continued to rise but was still not at the pre-pandemic levels of 2019. There were almost twelve times as many trips to Canada from overseas countries in May 2022 compared to May 2021. It was still less than half of the trips in May 2019. There were 315,400 overseas tourists in Canada in May 2022.

There were almost ten times more trips to Canada made by residents of the United States in May 2022 compared to the year before. The number of trips represented more than half (52.1%) of the trips taken in May 2019.

The number of visits from US residents in May 2022 was over 1.1 million compared to May 2021 when there were 113,500 trips made by US residents. In May 2019, there were 2.1 million trips to Canada from the United States.

Out of the American arrivals recorded in May 2022, 692,000 were by automobile and 43.7% of the trips were day trips. In May 2021, there were 105,000 trips by automobiles and 1.4 million in May 2019.

Visitor numbers from major markets in Europe and Asia continued to grow. In May 2021, there were 7,100 European visitors to Canada compared to 164,000 in May 2022. Trips to Canada from Asia went up from 8,500 to 72,700 during the same period.

The table below shows the numbers of overnight trips before the pandemic in May 2019 and post-pandemic in May 2021 and May 2022 and the year-on-year differences. We can see from the table that the numbers travelling from France and Mexico have recovered the best while travel from China, Japan and South Korea has been the slowest to recover.

Travelling abroad by Canadians

At the same time as travel to Canada increased again, Canadians started to travel more to the United States and overseas. In May 2022, there were 2.2 million trips to the United States by Canadian residents. In May 2021 there were 311,800 trips to the United States by Canadian residents, so the number of trips a year later was around seven times higher.

The majority of the trips, 1.6 million were by automobile and 58.5% of all trips were one-day trips. The number of Canadians travelling to the United States by air in May 2022 edged closer to the pre-pandemic levels. The 593,200 flights to the United States in May 2022 represented 73.6% of the trips recorded in May 2019. In contrast, only 28,200 Canadians were flying to the United States in May 2021.

The number of Canadians who resumed overseas travel has risen sharply from May 2021 until May 2022. In the previous May, there were only 51,400 overseas trips made by Canadians compared to 652,400 this May. The flights taken in May 2022 represent 67.2% of the flights taken in May 2019 and it was the highest monthly recovery so far.

Canadian views on travel and tourism

Since the return to a more normal life, Canadians are readier to welcome both Canadian and international visitors. 70% of Canadians welcome visitors from other parts of Canada, 48% are happy to welcome visitors from the United States and 44% felt happy to receive tourists from overseas.

In a survey on the importance of tourism to the Canadian economy, 84% of Canadians believe it is important. 82% said they believe Canadians travelling domestically is important for the economy, while 79% of the people responding to the survey said overseas tourists are important to the economy.

The travel industry is expected to reach its pre-pandemic levels by 2024 or by 2025 at the latest. While more people’s confidence in the safety of travel is returning to pre-pandemic levels, the growth can be slowed down by geopolitical events such as the war in Ukraine.

Conclusions

The global pandemic hit the tourist industry the hardest, and it has been slower to recover from the pandemic than other industries. However, as the confidence to travel continues to grow, the numbers have been increasing and are slowly getting closer to pre-pandemic levels.

Foreign tourism from France and Mexico has been quickest to recover, though still lacking behind pre-pandemic levels. The number of arrivals from Asian countries such as China, Japan and South Korea has been slow to pick up again.

Most Canadians see the tourist industry as important for the Canadian economy and the number of Canadians who feel happy to welcome tourists into their towns and cities is steadily increasing.

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Canada Tourism Statistics during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Final Thoughts

Anyone curious to explore the Great White North should delve deep into Canada tourism statistics . And while that’s precisely what we’re going to focus on, let’s start with a little anecdote.

Check this out:

When I asked a European friend of mine what made her curious to visit Canada in the first place, she gave me a surprising three-word answer:

Pop culture references.

More to the point:

The sprawling Canadian Rockies in the BAFTA-winning film Brokeback Mountain . With a contrary appeal, there’s also Scott Pilgrim vs. the World – a shoutout to the cultural scene of Toronto.

But above all, it was the 2005 sitcom How I Met Your Mother , where the main characters frequently made fun of Robin, a Canadian. Her accent was the butt of ridicule.

But the show worked weird reverse psychology for my friend! It made her want to visit Canada all the more, to find out what the fuss is all about.

But what do tourism in Canada statistics have to say?

Let’s find out.

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  • As of 2019 , the Canadian tourism industry generated an eye-watering $104.9 billion in tourist spending.
  • 22.1 million people visited Canada in 2019.
  • The tourism economy helps sustain 150,000 jobs in Canada.
  • 1 in every 10 Canadian jobs is tied to tourism.
  • Canada’s tourism industry is predominantly youth-led, with 30.7% of employees aged between 15 and 24 .
  • Tourism businesses in Ontario witnessed a 13.7% fall between January and October 2020 .
  • International visitor tourism spending dropped by 82.5% in 2020 , with the majority of the spending happening before the borders closed in mid-March .
  • Government funding for the tourism industry was fixed at $95.5 million in 2017 .

Canada Tourism Statistics

1. The tourism industry in Canada has a decidedly young workforce, with 30.7% of its employees aged between 15 and 24 years.

(Source: Destination Canada)

Additionally, 20.6% of employees are between 25 and 34 years of age. Tourism also employs a higher proportion of immigrants – they make up 35.3% of the industry yet only 23.8% of the total labour force.

2. Canada tourism statistics for 2019 reveal the industry contributed an estimated $43.5 billion to GDP that year.

Destination Canada (formerly known as the Canadian Tourism Commission) celebrated 2019 as the third consecutive year with a record-breaking number of visitors to Canada – 22.1 million . Moreover, Canada’s air access was revamped in 2019 , accounting for 2.2% additional seats in international aircraft.

3. According to Toronto tourism statistics, the city attracted a whopping 28.1 million domestic and international visitors in 2019.

(Source: Cision Canada)

This represented a slight growth from the 2018 number of 27.5 million . City Hall, the Distillery Park, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the imposing CN tower are easily some of the most visited places in Canada.

Really, what’s not to like? We’ll get back to that later.

4. According to statistics on Canada tourism, the country recorded $104.9 billion worth of tourist spending in 2019.

(Sources: Ottawa tourism, CityNews)

Ottawa contributed to the revenue pool by raising $762 million from international visits. This was a substantial hike over the 2018 Ottawa tourism statistics when the capital hosted 11 million visits. However, the vast majority of these visits were domestic – 90% of them, to be precise.

5. Tourism accounts for 2.1% of the Canadian economy.

(Sources: OECD iLibrary, 150 Stat Can)

Let’s break down the 2019 Canada tourism revenue: Canadians themselves spent 78.4% out of the total tourism revenue in Q2 2019 . This sum stood at $24.3 billion in tourism spends. Accommodation, travel services, luggage, and camping equipment were the main drivers of revenue growth (2.9%).

These were stats about domestic tourists. But what about international revenue in tourism? Read on to find out.

6. Canada’s tourism revenue in 2019 from international visits rose by 3%.

(Source: 150 Stat Can)

This composite growth was driven by accommodation (3%) , air transport (2.8%) , and food and beverages (2.4%) . Finally, non-tourism products contributed 1.4% .

7. In 2017, Canada’s Ministry of Tourism dedicated $5 million to promote the exploration of national parks and indigenous experiences.

(Source: OECD iLibrary)

That’s quite a bit! And the good thing is that Canada is setting an example for governments all over the world.

Simple logic, really:

Only when a government has faith in the country’s undiscovered flora will it be able to pitch it to international markets. And the Canadian government is doing just that.

8. The Canadian Experiences Fund received a lump-sum budget of $58.5 million for 2019 and 2020.

The Canadian Experiences Fund supports investments in tourism-related infrastructures, such as accommodation or local attractions. It also promotes the development of tourism products and experiences.

Canada Tourism Statistics

9. In March 2021, arrivals from abroad were down by a massive 83.7% from March 2020, Canadian travel statistics confirm.

The tourist sector was the hardest hit due to the travel bans that COVID-19 brought on. Coupled with thousands of company closures, a large chunk of the Canadian population lost their jobs.

10. May 2020 witnessed an unemployment rate of 29.7% in the sector, Canada COVID stats reveal.

In comparison, nationwide job losses accounted for 13.8% . The tourism industry’s unprecedented trend remained at an all-time high even by the end of the year, at 14.6% . This number was significantly higher than the year-end unemployment rate of 8% in all other sectors.

11. A survey of Canada tourism statistics by province reveals that Ontario had the most international tourist trips in 2020 – over 1.3 million.

(Source: Statista)

British Columbia was second, with 841,000 tourists. Quebec ranked third among provinces, with 523,000 , followed by Alberta and Manitoba. These figures marked a massive drop from 2019 and resulted in subsequent losses.

12. Ontario tourism statistics reveal a loss of $13.7 billion in travel spending in 2020. out of the cumulative countrywide loss of $36.4 billion.

As a whole, the total figure for the country was $36.4 billion , and Ontario suffered the most by far. Other significant provincial losses in the sector include Quebec with $7.9 billion , British Columbia with $6.1 billion, and Manitoba and Saskatchewan with $1 billion each.

13. Canada inbound tourism statistics recorded 51,229 visitors in March 2021.

(Source: CEIC)

It should come as no surprise that this figure is still a long way off the July 2019 peak of 3,388,299 visitors. However, it wasn’t the lowest by far. In fact, April 2020 marked the all-time trough of incoming travellers – 23,621 .

14. Canadian outbound travel statistics listed 272,000 overseas trips by Canadians in March 2021.

(Source: 150 Stat Can, S150tat Can)

This is significantly lower than the figure for March 2020 , which counted 2.8 million tourists. And in 2019 , there were as many as 4.8 million .

But there’s light at the end of the tunnel:

15. 80% of Canadians are keen on travelling overseas as soon as restrictions are lifted.

Additionally, 84% of Canadians believe in the benefits of international and domestic travel. Hopefully, this will help support a projected 150,000 jobs.

16. The pandemic caused a drop of 32% drop in visits to national parks and historic sites.

(Source: National Parks Traveler)

However, this drop was primarily due to the loss of international visitors. In a fair change of tourism trends, Canadians flocked to near-at-hand vacation spots. Rouge National Urban Park, for instance, received more visitors than ever before. The oft-ignored Quebec Island also became a tourist favourite in 2020 .

When it comes to where to travel in Canada, the top five national parks that recorded an upsurge of visitors in 2020 were:

  • Banff National Park, Alberta
  • Jasper National Park, Alberta
  • Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, Quebec
  • Mount Revelstoke National Park, British Columbia
  • Glacier National Park, British Columbia.

17. Spots within 100 kilometers of an urban center received 4% more visits in the summer of 2020.

Additionally, some locations recorded an increase in visitations throughout the entire season. In fact, tourists increasingly enjoyed urban hikes and the exploration of urban parks.

But why this change in Canadian travel trends?

Parks Canada had this to say:

“As society becomes increasingly urbanized, urban parks are emerging as essential places for conservation, exploration, recreation, learning, and wellbeing.”

Canada Tourism Statistics

No exploration of Canada tourism statistics is truly complete without a special section on the most popular tourist locations in Canada. The second-largest country in the world, Canada has tourist attractions spanning a variety of tastes. Be it the celebrated Niagara Falls or the metropolitan CN tower, Canada has something for every tourist.

Many people think of it as the Canadian equivalent of New York City. Toronto is a multicultural hub of bustling tourists, and with good reason! Tourism statistics report that in 2019 , Toronto welcomed a whopping 28 million visitors who spent $6.7 billion .

But what really attracts droves of tourists to Toronto every year?

Let’s find out:

Apart from the city’s iconic CN Tower, popular destinations include Toronto Island, Casa Loma, and the Toronto zoo. For history buffs and art enthusiasts, there are famous museums like the art gallery of Ontario and the Royal Ontario Museum. Nathan Phillips Square and the Hockey Hall of Fame are also on this list.

What’s more:

Every year, millions of cinephiles attend the world-famous Toronto International Film Festival. And, of course, Tim Hortons coffee and Timbits are for everyone.

Montreal welcomed 4 million international visitors in the summer of 2019 alone, tourism statistics reveal. Most of them flocked to Vieux-Montréal, the picturesque old town where you can come across buildings dating back to the 17th century.

Without a doubt, the most famous tourist attraction is the spectacular Notre Dame Basilica. Walking tours of the cathedral allow tourists to explore its vast insides, the twin towers, and the intricate woodcarvings.

Place Jacques-Cartier also has an old-world charm. A famous art and craft market and proximity to other historic sites like City Hall, the Old Palace of Justice, and Chateau Ramezay Museum, make it a popular choice for visitors.

But you can’t really go about just admiring the city’s beauty on an empty stomach, can you?

Let’s face it:

No visit to Montreal is complete without a poutine – the quintessential Canadian fast food. And let’s not forget the Montreal bagel. Did you know that it gets its distinctive flavour by being boiled in honey water?

Moving on to:

Thinking of tourist destinations in Canada that offer a confluence between nature and city life? Then Vancouver should be your go-to destination! And you’re not alone, as 10.3 million people visited Vancouver stood in 2017 .

Within an hour’s drive lie three mountains – Cypress Mountain, Mount Seymour, and Grouse Mountain. They’re a favorite haunt for tourists who love to go snowboarding or skiing. The 2010 Winter Olympics were held at Whistler, and Cypress Mountain was part of it.

The thing is:

Vancouver is among the most popular tourist locations in the Great White North because it’s got the best of both worlds – a vibrant urban culture and easy access to the great outdoors.

And there you have it – all the latest Canada tourism statistics . While the industry has been in the doldrums during the COVID-19 pandemic, the experts predict it will bounce back before too long.

An overwhelming majority of Canadians intend to resume travelling both domestically and overseas once the pandemic is over. And that’s terrific news for Canada’s tourism industry.

In 2019, Canada hosted a record 22.1 million international visitors.

Toronto welcomed a record 28.1 million domestic and international tourists in 2019.

Tourists from the United States rank among the top visitors to Canada, with 22,057,860 visitors in 2015. This number is followed by visitors from the UK, France, and China.

Canada tourism statistics reveal that the tourism industry made up 6.5% of total GDP in 2019.

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Canada is the second-largest country in the world and a paradise for road tripping .

With 32 million visitors recorded in 2019 , it’s the 9th most popular country for tourism.

Undoubtedly one of the best places to travel anywhere in the world !

But how much does tourism actually contribute to their economy?

What are the most visited cities and national parks in Canada?

Below, we’ve compiled some of the most important and recent statistics about travel and tourism in Canada.

Sources : You can see the source of each statistics. We’ve also written the full list of articles used in this round-up at the end.

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How many tourists visit Canada each year?

32 million tourists visited Canada in 2019, placing them 9th in the world.

How big is the travel industry in Canada?

  • The tourism expenditure in Canada in 2019 amounted to roughly $104.9 billion.

Where does Canada rank in tourism?

In 2019, Canada ranks 9th worldwide in terms of the number of tourist visits.

Canada Travel & Tourism Key Statistics

  • The total international overnight arrivals alone in 2019 was a record-breaking 22.1 million travellers.
  • In 2019, 11 million of those arrivals were by air travel.
  • Overall, 14.99 million of the total international arrivals into Canada was by American travellers.
  • Canadian millennials take the most trips per year (3.1 trips)
  • In 2020, the amount that tourism contributed to Canada’s GDP was around Can$ 19.96 billion.
  • As of Q4 2022, the tourism industry in Canada contributed around 657.4 thousand jobs, a rise from the 565 thousand jobs generated in Q4 2021.
  • The hotel and motel market in Canada was calculated to reach around $18 billion in 2022, an improvement from the Covid figures in 2020.
  • In March 2020, international arrivals in Canada dropped by 54.2% from February 2020, the biggest single monthly fall since 1972.

Canada inbound & outbound tourism statistics

1. 32 million tourists (both foreign and domestic) visited canada in 2019, placing them as the 9th most visited country in the world..

[World Data]

2. The total international overnight arrivals alone in 2019 was a record-breaking 22.1 million travellers.

[Destination Canada]

This was the country’s first time breaking the 22 million mark of international arrivals.

3. In 2019, 11 million of those arrivals were by air travel.

4. by comparing the number of tourist with the local population, there are 0.85 tourists per canadian resident, ranking them 50th worldwide and 1st in north america., 5. in 2019, direct air travel capacity increased by 2%, or 900 thousand more seats on inbound flights to canada., 6. canada is the country with the fifth highest number of backpackers in australia, making up 4.32% of all backpackers there..

[BackpackerJobBoard]

Number of backpackers from Canada in Australia

7. Canadians make up 4% of all digital nomads in the world.

[Nomad List] 

4% of the world’s digital nomads are from Canada , which shows a keen interest in travelling and exploring even while maintaining a job.

Canada tourism demographics

8. overall, 14.99 million of the total international arrivals into canada was by american travellers..

The US is the largest inbound travel market for Canada, with 14.99 million total arrivals in 2019 .

9. There were 5.1 million arrivals from the US by air in 2019, compared to 4.6 million in 2018.

10. meanwhile, land crossings amounted to 8.5 million from the us to canada, compared to the 2018 figure of 8.2 million. .

US arrivals in Canada

11. The number of arrivals in Canada by Mexican travellers also increased to over 495 thousand arrivals in 2019, or 12.4% growth in terms of air travel.

12. meanwhile, india also experienced a 9.7% rise in air arrivals, or 333,111 total arrivals compared to 287,416 in 2018., 13. meanwhile, france contributed around 668 thousand arrivals in canada in 2019..

Out of the total French arrivals in Canada, 589 thousand of which was by air (7% increase from 2018).

14. Some countries saw a decline in arrivals in Canada, including China with a 10% increase, amounting to just 712 thousand arrivals in 2019.

15. likewise, there was 1% fewer air arrivals from the uk (679 thousand), or 876 thousand total arrivals..

British travellers more or less remained consistent, although the number of air arrivals fell by 1% in 2019 from 2018 .

16. Canadian millennials take the most trips per year (3.1 trips).

[Travel Pulse]

Compared to other generations in Canada, millennials are found to take the most trips (3.1 trips) per year .

17. Next up were Gen X at 2.8 trips per year, baby boomers with 2.7 trips and Gen Z at 2.6.

Baby boomers in Canada take on average 2.7 trips per year .

18. For Canadian baby boomers, their last vacation lasted an average of 10.5 days. The number is 8.5 days for millennials.

19. 38% of solo travellers spend between $1,000 and $2,000 weekly, including canadian solo travellers..

Solo travellers in Canada tend to spend around $1,000-$2,000 per week .

Canadian travel & tourism economy

How much of Canada's economy is tourism?

20. The tourism expenditure in Canada in 2019 amounted to roughly $104.9 billion.

This included $104.9 billion of visitor spending in the Ontario area alone. This is because many of the country’s top destinations are found in this province.

21. In 2018, Canada made around $21.98 billion from their tourism sector alone, or 1.1% of its the GDP.

22. this is compared to the $9.18 billion revenue from tourism in canda in 1995, which means the figure has increased by 139% in 23 years., 23. canada’s dependence on tourism also decreased slightly over the two decades, from 1.5% of gdp contribution to 1.1%., 24. in 2020, the amount that tourism contributed to canada’s gdp was around can$ 19.96 billion., 25. the industry in canadian travel & tourism with the most significant gdp contribution is accommodation, which brought in can$ 4.7 billion in 2020 alone., 26. moreover, canada contributed 8% of all international tourism receipts in north america., 27. in 2018, the average tourist in canada spent $703 per year., 28. on the other had, outbound tourists from canada spent $838 dollars a year on average., 29. in 2019, foreign and local tourists spent a total of can$ 96.72 billion on tourism commodities..

This includes transportation, accommodation, food and beverage services and others.

30. The number was an increase from the 2018 tourism expenditure of Can$ 95.32 billion.

31. foreign and domestic tourists spent can$ 23 billion on passenger air transport in 2019., 32. the business travel market in canada is forecasted to grow at a cagr of 3.1% between 2020 and 2027..

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Business travel is a booming trend, and Canada’s market is expected to grow by 3.1% annually between 2020 and 2027.

Canada travel & tourism employment statistics

How many people does tourism employ in Canada?

33. According to Destination Canada, 1 in 10 jobs in Canada is supported by tourism.

34. as of q4 2022, the tourism industry in canada contributed around 657.4 thousand jobs, a rise from the 565 thousand jobs generated in q4 2021..

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Tourism jobs in Canada

35. F&B services alone accounted for 207.2 thousand jobs in Q4 2022.

Employment generated by tourism in Canada

36. The accommodation industry is the second biggest employment contributor within the Canadian tourism sector, with 133 thousand jobs in 2022.

37. meanwhile, the transportation industry in canada employed approximately 79.1 thousand people in 2022., 38. travel agencies also contributed to around 31.7 thousand jobs., 39. while not directly related, the canadian rv industry provides roughly 67,200 jobs., top travel destinations in canada.

What is the most traveled place in Canada?

40. The most visited city in Canada is Toronto, which welcomed over 4.74 million tourists in 2019 alone, making them the 53rd most visited city worldwide.

There are countless of beautiful places to visit in Canada , and Toronto ranks as the most visited city.

As the largest city in Canada, there are lots of unique and fun things to do in Toronto .

41. Vancouver is Canada’s second most visited city, with 3.4 million tourists in 2019.

Thanks to the diversity of activities in Vancouver , it is also the 68th most popular city destination in the world.

42. With 2.24 million annual visitors, Geoguessr names Montreal the third most-visited city in Canada.

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Within Canada, Montreal receives the third highest number of visitors, thanks to the many interesting things the city offers. 

43. From April 2020 to March 2021, national parks and historic sites in Canada had a total of 17 million visitors, a significant decrease from the 25 million people recorded to visit in 2019/2020. 

44. the most visited national park in canada is banff national park in alberta, with 4 million visitors..

With 4 million annual visitors, Banff National Park is the most popular national park not only in Banff , but in Canada.

It’s the first National Park in Canada and one of the must-visits in Alberta .

Jasper National Park is also a popular destination with 2.1 million annual visitors and a great thing to do when in Jasper .

Most visited national parks in Canada in 2021

45. Amusement parks in Canada is a growing industry, wherein the market value was $413.2 million in 2021.

46. montreal is the cheapest backpacking destination in all of north america, where the average daily cost is only $82.48..

It costs only $82.48 daily for backpackers in Montreal , making it the cheapest city destination for backpacking in North America.

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47. Overall, Canada is actually rated as the best destination for business and non-leisure travellers, with a point of 6.4 (tied with USA).

Travel accommodation in canada.

How many hotels does Canada have?

48. The hotel and motel market in Canada was calculated to reach around $18 billion in 2022, an improvement from the Covid figures in 2020.

The Canadian hotel and motel market size was forecast to hit $18 billion by 2022 .

49. In August 2020, hotels in Canada had an occupancy rate of 41.7%, a significant increase from the 33.7% of the previous month.

50. as of august 2020, the average daily rate (adr) of hotels in canada was $133.49..

ADR is the average room rental price per day. Trends show that ADR in Canadian hotels peak during summer and hit the lowest in the winter months.

51. Hotel rooms in Canada generate a revenue of $55.69 on average per month.

52. a 2022 survey by statista consumer insights revealed that expedia took the top spot of “hotel/ private accommodation online bookings by brand" in canada..

Flipkey came out on the bottom of the ranking.

53. The best-rated hotel in Canada according to readers of Condé Nast Traveler is Oak Bay Beach Hotel in Victoria.

54. it is followed very close behind, differing only by 0.38 point, by fairmont waterfront in vancouver..

Top rated hotels in Canada

55. As of April 2023, there are a total of 13,053 listings on Booking.com in Canada.

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Booking.com is one of the largest online hotel booking platforms today, and there are currently 13,053 listings in Canada .

56. Between Q3 2021 and Q3 2022, there were 70% more new private rooms listings in Canada’s Airbnb scene.

Since the pandemic, more Canadians have considered hosting on Airbnb platform, with 70% more new listings of private rooms in Q3 2022 compared to the previous year.

57. In Summer 2022 alone, the average Airbnb Host in Canada earned over $7,700.

58. airbnb revealed that guests in canada spend an average of $200 per night on their airbnb accommodation. , food and drink services in canada tourism industry.

The lowest figure was seen in Q2 2020, when in April sales dropped to 

59. The quick service restaurant sector in Canada had a market size of $27.57 billion in 2021 and was expected to reach $29.84 billion in 2022.

60. meanwhile, full service restaurants in canada was worth $30.37 billion in 2021..

It was similarly forecast to increase in 2022, at $41.7 billion.

61. In 2019, Can$ 14.63 billion was spent on food and beverage services by foreign and domestic tourists in Canada.

We found Winnipeg to be an especially fantastic city for discovering traditional foods, which is one of the best things to do there.

62. In April 2020, food and drinking services in Canada made a total sales of $2.4 billion, which is only 38% from the $6.22 billion sales in April 2019.

63. however, by july 2021 sales was starting to recover to the pre-pandemic levels, with $6.7 billion., 64. in august 2022, the monthly sales of canadian food and drinking services hit $7.85 billion..

Sales of f&b services in Canada

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65. in 2019, the rv industry in canada made $4.8 billion in gdp..

RV has become a popular way of travelling in Canada, with the industry contributing around $4.8 billion in GDP to the economy .

66. In fact, in 2019 alone, Canada manufactured $416 million’s worth of RVs.

The RV industry is booming, and renting an RV or campervan in Canada is a popular way to explore the country.

67. RV retailers in Canada also offered over 200 thousand indirect loans, or $8.4 billion, in 2017 to help people purchase RVs.

68. the average loan amount was $45,000 to buy an rv., covid-19 impact on canada tourism.

How did Covid-19 affect Canada’s tourism industry?

69. In March 2020, international arrivals in Canada dropped by 54.2% from February 2020, the biggest single monthly fall since 1972.

70. tourism expenditure in canada decreased by nearly half (-48.1%) in 2020., 71. jobs in canadian tourism dropped 28.7% annually in 2020., 72. the occupancy rate of canadian hotels fell from 76% in june 2019 to 24% in june 2020..

The percentage is roughly three times smaller, showing just how significant the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic was to the tourism industry.

73. ADR also decreased to $138.52 in November 2021, 6.3% lower than the previous year. 

74. despite the challenges caused by the pandemic, many canadian businesses in the tourism industry are either somewhat (50.3%) or very (15.4%) optimistic about their future., 75. still, 18% said that their future outlook wasn’t optimistic, whereas 16.2% were undecided..

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Ottawa, February 5, 2024— Further information is being provided to clarify the announcement of an intake cap on new international study permit applications and other changes . International students make important contributions to Canada’s campuses, communities and economy; however, we have seen unsustainable growth in the International Student Program in recent years. These recently announced reforms will support sustainable population growth in Canada and improve system integrity, while helping to ensure that international students have a positive experience in Canada.

1. Cap and provincial attestation letter

As of 8:30 a.m. ET on January 22, 2024, most new post-secondary international students at the college or undergraduate level must provide a provincial attestation letter (PAL) from a province or territory with their study permit application. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will return any application received that does not include a PAL, unless otherwise exempt.

This attestation will serve as proof that the student has been accounted for under a provincial or territorial allocation within the national cap. Provinces and territories have been asked to have a plan in place for issuing PALs by March 31, 2024. The Government of Canada is working with the Government of Quebec to determine how the certificat d’acceptation du Québec pour études could serve as a PAL.

International students whose applications were received by IRCC before 8:30 a.m. on January 22, 2024, as well as those who have already been approved for a study permit and intend to travel to Canada for an upcoming program, do not need to take further action as a result of the cap.

Who needs a provincial attestation letter?

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In recognition that graduates of master’s degree granting programs are excellent candidates to succeed in Canada’s labour market and potentially transition to permanent residence, we have made a change to the length of the PGWP, so that they have the opportunity to meet the required Canadian work experience in order to apply for their permanent residence.

Starting on February 15, 2024, a longer, 3-year post-graduation work permit will be available to those who are graduating from a master’s degree program that is less than 2 years and who meet all other PGWP eligibility criteria.

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Number of pensioners receiving OAS abroad dropped during pandemic, then increased

Total payments rose to $621m in 2022, a 9.7 per cent spike over slight retraction in 2021.

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The total dollar value of Old Age Security (OAS) payments sent to retired Canadians living abroad — which has increased steadily over the past ten years — dropped slightly during the pandemic, when global travel restrictions slammed the brakes on international travel.

The total sum of OAS payments to retirees abroad dropped by 0.17 per cent between 2020 and 2021. The sum then spiked by 9.7 per cent between 2021 and 2022 to hit a ten-year high.

The office of Seniors Minister Seamus O'Regan told CBC News that while the pandemic's effects led to the increase, the percentage of seniors receiving OAS while living abroad has remained constant over the past decade, at about 2.2 to 2.7 per cent.

While O'Regan's office said only about 1.3 per cent of overall OAS spending goes abroad, the total amount of those payments grew by 50 per cent between 2012 and 2022, from $414 million to $621 million.

The president and CEO of CanAge, a national seniors advocacy group, said the spike after the pandemic reflects both a pandemic correction and a realization by some seniors that retirement might be better abroad.

"The pandemic had a profound impact on how Canadian seniors have been thinking about their retirement in a positive way, but also thinking about the what-ifs, and the cost of care associated with what it feels like to age in Canada right now," Laura Tamblyn Watts told CBC News.

Watts said those seniors were reflecting in part on how the pandemic hit long-term care facilities in Canada.

Concerns about long-term care

More than 80 per cent of Canada's known COVID-19 deaths during the first few months of the pandemic happened in long-term care and retirement homes — the highest such rate among nations in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

More than 17,000 residents of long-term care homes in Canada had died of COVID-19 illness as of July 2022, according to the National Institute on Ageing.

Watts said once the pandemic ended, "you see almost immediately people saying, 'I've got to get out of here, or I have to make better choices, or I have seen the grim reaper come about what aging in Canada looks like.'"

The rising cost of living and the higher interest rates of the post-pandemic era, Watts said, have also prompted seniors to ask if assisted living is more affordable abroad.

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Seniors can qualify for a full OAS pension if they have lived in Canada for at least 40 years after they turn 18. Canadians who lived in Canada for at least 10 years after they turn 18, but not more than 39 years, qualify for a partial OAS pension.

The OAS is paid to Canadians outside of the country if they have accumulated at least 20 years of residency in Canada after the age of 18.

If a senior leaves Canada before establishing 20 years of residence, they only get OAS payments for the month of their departure and the six months after that.

O'Regan's office said Canada has agreements with other countries that allow Canadians to qualify for OAS and retirement benefits in other countries without having lived and worked there.

There are 60 such agreements currently in force, which allow Canadians to receive benefits for varying lengths of time. 

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Saudi Arabia has hit its tourism target seven years early, but there is still work to be done to be a global travel super power.

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Saudi Arabia’s tourism minister says the kingdom counted more than 100 million tourists in 2023 – the numbers show growth in visits from international travelers, but that it still has work to do to become a globally competitive destination.

Here’s the count shared by tourism minister Ahmed bin Aqeel Al Khateeb:

  • Saudi saw 77 million domestic tourists and 27 million international ones, totaling 104 million visits.
  • 77 million is the same number of domestic tourists Saudi had in 2022. The overall figure was boosted by a 11 million international visitors.
  • Al Khateeb highlighted a new strategy set by crown prince Mohammed bin Salman to attract 150 million tourists by 2030, with 80 million domestic and 70 million international tourists.
  • Total spending reached SAR100 billion ($26.67 billion) last year.

The Saudis don’t say exactly ‘how’ a domestic tourist can be measured. The ministry’s website defines a domestic tourist as: “The activities of a resident visitor within the country of reference, either as part of a domestic tourism trip or part of an outbound tourism trip.”

Saudi’s Leisure and Religious Travel Mix

Growing leisure tourism is a principal focus; diversifying the county from its historic religious tourism sector that benefits from hajj and umrah pilgrims.

For now, the leisure tourism sector Saudi is trying to build – whether it be through new hotels, festivals, sports events and giga-projects – has mostly pulled in locals.

For Saudi locals, leisure trips have significantly increased. 45% of all domestic trips by locals in the first half of 2023 were for leisure purposes, according to the ministry’s data. In 2022, it was 40% and in 2021 it was 36% of all trips.

For international visitors, 20% visited the kingdom for leisure, while visiting friends and relatives made up 23% and religious tourism accounted for 45%. In 2022, 15% of travelers visited for leisure, while in 2021, it was 9%.

The country’s wave of new developers are looking at ways to appeal to the massive base of religious travelers whose trips start and end in the holy cities.

John Pagano, CEO of Red Sea Global, sees an opportunity for his upcoming projects to extend the stays of these pilgrims.

“Think about the size of that market, one and a half billion Muslims in the world,” Pagano told Skift in an interview last December.

“So if we can tap into that market and have them make it a once-in-a-lifetime trip where they do the religious piece, which is hugely important and then tack on a family vacation at something that’s reasonably affordable, I think it’s a very deep market for us. (Religious travelers) tend to spend more middle and lower end of the (travel) market.”

Located nearer to Jeddah, one of Pagano’s new projects could seek to draw in the city’s many religious travelers. Jeddah is located approximately an hour from Makkah, one of the most important locations in all of Islam.

Spending Increases

Booking expenditures of local Saudi travelers went up by 10.8% last year, while most consumers (75%) chose to book local destinations with low-cost carriers, data from travel company Almosafer, part of Seera Group, showed.

“This indicates that domestic travelers are spending more on in-destination expenses, including accommodation and activities while saving on their journeys,” the travel firm said in a report.

The nation has relaxed its entry requirements by implementing the eVisa program, which now encompasses 63 countries and special administrative regions, along with the GCC residents visa. Additionally, there is a complimentary 96-hour stopover visa available, granting visitors a free one-night hotel stay if they book with the national carrier, Saudia. This stopover visa allows travelers to explore Saudi Arabia and undertake umrah.

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Leading indicator of international arrivals to canada, january 2024.

Released: 2024-02-12

In January 2024, the preliminary number of international arrivals to Canada by air and automobile increased 10.6% from January 2023.

By air, the number of non-resident arrivals in Canada totalled 431,400 in January 2024, up 13.8% year over year. Meanwhile, the number of Canadian-resident return trips from abroad reached 1.9 million, a 12.3% increase from January 2023.

By automobile, US residents took 573,400 trips to Canada in January 2024, up 1.4% from the same month in 2023. The number of Canadian-resident return trips from the United States also rose, up 11.5% year over year to 1.6 million trips in January 2024.

All statistics in this release are based on the primary data sources for air and automobile arrivals (see Note to readers). To further explore current and historical data in an interactive format, please visit the Frontier Counts: Interactive Dashboard .

Non-resident trips to Canada by air

In January, non-resident arrivals in Canada by air totalled 431,400, up 13.8% year over year. These include arrivals from the United States (197,500) and from other countries (233,900). During the first 10 days of January, Canada welcomed an average of 11,300 non-resident visitors per day, while during the remainder of the month, the daily average was 15,200 non-resident visitors.

When data from Toronto Pearson International Airport Terminal 1 are excluded from the total arrivals (see Note to readers), non-resident arrivals in January represented 79.2% of the volume from January 2020, before the COVID -1 9 pandemic.

Infographic 1  Trips to Canada by commercial aircraft, by country of residence, January 2024

Thumbnail for Infographic 1: Trips to Canada by commercial aircraft, by country of residence, January 2024

Chart 1  Non-resident trips to Canada by commercial aircraft, January, 2019 to 2024

Chart 1: Non-resident trips to Canada by commercial aircraft, January, 2019 to 2024

Canadian-resident return trips by air

In January, Canadian-resident return trips from abroad by air stood at 1.9 million, up 12.3% from January 2023. The first week of January 2024 was busy, with a daily average of 75,000 arrivals, while the daily average for the remainder of the month fell to 59,300 arrivals.

When arrivals at Toronto Pearson International Airport Terminal 1 are excluded from the total arrivals (see Note to readers), the number of return trips in January was 3.5% higher than the pre-pandemic level observed in January 2020.

Chart 2  Canadian-resident return trips from abroad by commercial aircraft, January, 2019 to 2024

Chart 2: Canadian-resident return trips from abroad by commercial aircraft, January, 2019 to 2024

US -resident trips to Canada by automobile

In January 2024, the number of US-resident trips to Canada by automobile reached 573,400, up 1.4% from the 565,700 trips recorded in the same month in 2023. January 12, 2024, saw the most US-resident arrivals (36,800), while January 17, 2024, saw the fewest (9,200).

The number of arrivals by automobile in January represented 79.0% of that observed in January 2020.

Infographic 2  Trips to Canada by automobile, by country of residence, January 2024

Thumbnail for Infographic 2: Trips to Canada by automobile, by country of residence, January 2024

Chart 3  United States-resident trips to Canada by automobile, January, 2019 to 2024

Chart 3: United States-resident trips to Canada by automobile, January, 2019 to 2024

Canadian-resident return trips by automobile

In January 2024, the number of Canadian-resident return trips from visiting the United States by automobile totalled 1.6 million, an increase of 11.5% compared with the 1.4 million trips taken the same month one year earlier. Over the first weekend of January 2024, the number of arrivals totalled 187,800, which was 55.2% higher than the average of the three other January weekends (121,100).

In January, the number of Canadian-resident return trips by automobile reached 92.6% of the 1.7 million trips observed in the same month in 2020.

Chart 4  Canadian-resident return trips from the United States by automobile, January, 2019 to 2024

Chart 4: Canadian-resident return trips from the United States by automobile, January, 2019 to 2024

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  Note to readers

This release provides an indicator based on preliminary data on international arrivals to Canada in January 2024. Complete counts for the January reference month will be available with the release of " Travel between Canada and other countries " on March 22, 2024.

All counts of arrivals by air are from commercial aircraft and are produced exclusively using Primary Inspection Kiosk ( PIK ) data received from the Canada Border Services Agency ( CBSA ). PIKs were deployed at Toronto Pearson International Airport Terminal 1 on June 22, 2021, and, as of July 2021, these arrivals are included in the total counts, which has consequently improved coverage. In 2023, PIKs captured 91.2% of all commercial air arrivals.

Counts of arrivals entering the country by automobile through land ports equipped with the CBSA 's automated Integrated Primary Inspection Line ( IPIL ) system represent a subset of US-resident trips and Canadian-resident return trips by automobile. In 2023, IPIL land ports captured 89.1% of all automobile entries.

Readers are encouraged to review the concepts, definitions, data sources, and methods for Frontier Counts , especially when making historical comparisons and examining specific regions.

Select estimates from the Canadian Tourism Activity Tracker for November 2023 are available upon request.

The product " Frontier Counts: Interactive Dashboard ," part of the Data Visualization Products series ( Catalogue number 71-607-X ), is available.

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