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Canada Welcomed the Highest Number of Overnight Visitors for the Month of January in Canadian History

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:

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Key highlights from the January 2017 edition:

  • In January 2017, Canada welcomed the highest number of overnight visitors for the month of January in Canadian history, as total international tourist arrivals reached 875,576, up 9.9% year-over-year and surpassing the previous high, established in 2003, by 4.7%.
  • Overnight arrivals from Destination Canada’s ten overseas markets breached the 200,000 mark in January 2017 on the basis of strong arrivals growth from the Latin American (+36.2%) and Asia-Pacific regions (+33.9%), and continued sustained growth from Europe (+8.4%).
  • Spurred by the start of the Chinese New Year on January 28th, 2017, overnight arrivals from China (+46.0%) in January 2017 shattered the record high established just last year. Note that Chinese New Year is often associated with growth spurred in travel to Canada. In 2016, Chinese New Year celebrations started in February. Among Destination Canada’s Asia-Pacific markets, strong performances were also registered from Japan (+32.1%), Australia (+29.9%) and South Korea (+28.0%).
  • With the Electronic Travel Authorization replacing the Visa requirement policy in December 2016, overnight arrivals from Mexico (+51.0%) catapulted to new record levels for the second consecutive month, surpassing the previous high, established in 2008 before visa imposition in 2009, by 40%.
  • For the ninth consecutive month, overnight arrivals from the UK (+15.6%) expanded at a double digit pace in January 2017, placing well ahead of France (+3.3%) – which nonetheless set a new record high for the month of January – and Germany (+1.5%).
  • Overnight arrivals from the United States expanded by 5.7% in January 2017, primarily on the strength of air arrivals (+12.9%) and other modes of entry (+7.3%), which stood in contrast to sluggish gains in arrivals by automobile (+0.7%).

Read the Tourism Snapshot – January 2017 in full.

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