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With 19.98 million international overnight arrivals, 2016 saw the second-highest number of arrivals in Canadian history, falling just 0.4% short of the record high set in 2002 (20.06 million).Robust growth in overnight arrivals was achieved in all of Destination Canada’s major international markets, with arrivals from the United States, up 9.7%, its highest level since 2005.Overnight arrivals from the U.S. in 2016 hit 13.90 million, up 9.7% over 2015. The strong performance of U.S. arrivals was underpinned by major growth in arrivals by air at +17.4%.
The number of Americans arriving to Canada by air topped the 4 million mark for the first time with 4.53 million arrivals, an all-time high nearly 15.3% higher than the previous peak from 2004. International markets that set record highs included France, China, South Korea, India, Australia, and Brazil. Momentum continued at the end of the year as December 2016’s total of 1.34 million international overnight arrivals set a new record for month, up 11.3% over the previous high set in 2015.With Canada celebrating its 150th birthday in 2017, a new all-time high could be in the offing.