Overseas Travel To Canada Ends Year On Upbeat Note
International arrivals to Canada climbed 3% in 2014, driven by 11% growth from CTC’s overseas markets.
The Canadian Tourism Commission characterizes 2014 as “a good year,” with 17.1 million international visitors coming to Canada. But the results are tempered by the fact that Canada’s tourism growth is below the global average of 5% recorded by UNWTO.
CTC’s overseas markets led the growth in 2014, clocking an overall 11% year-on-year surge in arrivals to Canada, including 9% growth in December. More than 1.1 million global travellers came to Canada in December - a 6% rise on the previous year - and the highest visitor total ever recorded for that month.
Increases in air travel (7%) and automobile trips (4%) meant that the overall total for U.S. overnight visitors in December topped 783,000, up 5% on December 2013. For the year as a whole, Americans made 12 million overnighters to Canada, a slight 1% improvement on 2013.
Other highlights for 2014 included:
• More than 482,000 French travellers crossed the Atlantic to Canada in 2014, the highest yearly total on record for that market.
• France was one of 5 CTC markets—Australia, Brazil, China and India were the other 4 - to enjoy a record-breaking 2014 in terms of visitor numbers.
• Canadians took 33.5 million outbound trips in 2014, up 2% on the previous year.
• The year ended with renewed optimism for Canadians. The Index of Consumer Confidence rose 6.3 points in December to end the year at 88.9.