Inbound Markets Strong; Canadians Avoid USD Destinations In February
It was a
cold month, but Canada was a hot ticket for international travellers. More than
754,000 global visitors came to our country in February 2015, a strong 8%
year-on-year increase, according to the latest statistics from the Canadian
delayed Chinese New Year brought an impressive 58% surge in travellers from
China in February, while the wounded loonie helped attract more Americans – 7%
more by air and 5% more by car came for overnight visits during the month.
was a 32% rise in visitors from Brazil, thanks to AC’s new Rio de
Janeiro/Toronto service, while more seats between Seoul and Vancouver led to a
7% jump in visitors from South Korea.
strong performers included France +15%; Mexico +16% and Italy +20%.
depreciation of the loonie relative to the USD made overseas destinations much
more attractive to Canadian travellers, who took 6% more trips abroad.
On the bad
news side, a slowing economy gave Canadians an attack of the jitters in
February 2015. The Index of Consumer Confidence, released by The
Conference Board of Canada,fell 11.4 points to 95.6.