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New International Terminal, National Parks Attendance and Provincial Tourism Stats in October’s Market Monitor

Calgary’s new international terminal began to officially welcome passengers on October 31, 2016. The $2.6 billion investment is the most ambitious undertaking since the opening of the original terminal building in 1977.

The terminal is featured in the Alberta Government’s latest edition of the Alberta Tourism Market Monitor, which tracks international arrivals and departures from the Calgary International Airport, as well as visitor attendance at two more national parks.

Summary of findings:

Calgary International Airport

  • International arrivals and departures at the Calgary International Airport in August 2016, climbed to 137,000 passengers; up 7% from the same month in 2015.
  • Year-to-date, there were more than one million international travellers recorded at Calgary International Airport, an increase of 7% over last year.
  • From 2006 to 2015, total arrivals and departures for Calgary International Airport were up by more than four million passengers from about 11 million to more than 15 million.
  • International arrivals and departures for the same period increased by more than half a million passengers from about 900,000 to almost 1.5 million.

Elk Island and Wood Buffalo National Parks

  • Between January and September this year, Elk Island National Park saw approximately 298,000 visitors, an increase of 19% over the same period last year.
  • In September 2016, the Park welcomed an estimated 38,000 visitors, up 20% from September 2016.
  • From April to August 2016, Wood Buffalo National Park welcomed approximately 2,800 visitors, an increase of 7% compared to the same period in 2015.

Annual editions and past editions of the Market Monitor are also available.

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