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December 2015 Tourism Snapshot from Destination Canada

The Tourism Snapshot provides a monthly and year-to-date update on key Destination Canada market visits to and from Canada, performance of competitors, and other tourism related statistics. Supporting statistical tables may also be viewed on our website at:

Statistical tables

Key highlights from the December 2015 edition:

  • The year 2015 ended on a positive note for Canada, with total international arrivals increasing 7.5% over 2014 during the twelve months of 2015, well above the global growth rate of 4.4% recorded during the same period.
  • From January to December 2015, arrivals from DC’s 11 markets (10 overseas markets + the US) registered a 7.9% gain compared to 2014 amid gains from all four world regions, including the US (+8.3%), AsiaPacific (+7.7%), Latin America (+13.3%) and Europe (+4.0%). It is worth noting that arrival growth was recorded in all eleven DC markets during 2015.
  • 2015 has been a strong year in terms of visitation from the United States, in fact the best since the financial crisis of 2008-2009. In 2015, the number of US overnight visitors rose 8.3% compared to 2014 to reach nearly 12.5 million. Strong growth registered across all transport modes including by automobile (+9.9%), air (+6.4%) and other modes (+4.8%).
  • France, Australia, China, India and Brazil registered their highest level of visitation to Canada ever during 2015.

Read the Tourism Snapshot – December 2015 in full.


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