Alberta tourism still growing
As summer draws to a close and students return to the classroom, it’s a good time to look at Alberta’s latest travel numbers.
The latest Statistics Canada data show that a total of 150,112 non-resident travellers came to our province in June. This category of traveller includes non-Canadian residents entering Alberta via car, plane, train, bus, as well as other modes. The number of non-resident international travellers grew in June, rising by 9.0 per cent from the same month a year earlier.
More Canadians explored Alberta in June, too. June’s travel numbers show about 2,000 less Canadians crossed the US border back into Alberta which means those that are travelling are likely staying within Canadian borders. The latest flight statistics from Alberta Tourism can confirm this as well. Domestic flights to Alberta actually increased 6,700 passengers (1.4 per cent) from 2015, the highest recording ever in June.
Tourism is expected to remain strong for the remainder of the year. The soft Canadian dollar has made travel to Alberta cheaper, causing significant growth in international visitors over the last two years.
A low loonie has not only increased international travellers to Alberta, but kept more Albertans in the province and enticed more Canadians to explore the country, leading to increased demand for tourism and tourism-related businesses