Statistics Canada has released the national tourism indicators for Q3 2018, revealing an increase in tourism spending and international tourists visiting the country.
From January to October 2018, Canada welcomed a record 18.6 million international tourists, an increase of 1.2% over the same period in 2017. Overall tourism spend during that period was $80.8 billion, an increase of 5.9% compared to the same period in 2017, while tourism revenues from international travellers increased 2.3% to $17.5 billion.
In the first nine months of 2018, tourism activities directly accounted for $33.9 billion of Canada's GDP, an increase of 5.9% over the same period in 2017. Tourism directly accounted for over 750,000 jobs, an increase of 1.3% compared to the same period in 2017.
Canada has been seeing steady growth in the tourism sector over the past several years. From 2014 to 2017, international arrivals in Canada grew by an average of 8% per year and the number of jobs in the tourism sector grew by an average of 1.7% per year.
"These numbers prove that the tourism sector deserves to be recognized for its high growth potential. It's a driving force in job creation for the middle class,” says Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie.
“People worldwide have never travelled so much, and we are working on a national tourism strategy to help communities across the country, large and small, draw more visitors to their regions. The future is bright for Canadian tourism."