Inbound Markets Strong; Canadians Avoid USD Destinations In February

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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 Tourism Commission.

The 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.

There 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.

Other strong performers included France +15%; Mexico +16% and Italy +20%.

The 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.

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