Canadian Tourism Numbers Expected To Rise 2% In 2019
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
The Conference Board of Canada is predicting a 2% increase in the number of overnight visits in 2019, with growth coming both from domestic travellers and the international market.
In its Travel Markets Outlook report, the Board studied 10 major Canadian cities and regions – Halifax, Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto, St Catharines-Niagara, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver - and projected overnight stays to increase between 1.6% and 3.3% this year.
Vancouver is expected to experience the strongest growth, due, in part, to robust economic growth in British Columbia and a strong influx of tourists from overseas markets. It is projected to be the only city where tourism activity expands by more than 3%. The one major challenge for the region is potential wildfire activity, which has wreaked havoc the past few years.
Nationally, domestic travel volumes are expected to increase despite economic and financial challenges. Canadians are still planning to take a winter vacation, with many saying they expect to stay in Canada for their longest-duration trip of 2019
Meanwhile, growth from the U.S. and overseas markets is expected to strengthen in 2019, as travel price inflation eases and a favourable exchange rate for many international markets remains.