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New Record Set for October Visits to Canada: Read More in Tourism Snapshot

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 October 2016 edition:

  • Total international arrivals in October 2016 grew 12.5% year-over-year to set a new record for October visits at 1.49 million. Year-to-date arrivals from January to October 2016 also performed very well, up 11.0% year-over year and approaching the highs seen in the early 2000s.
  • Overnight arrivals from Destination Canada’s ten overseas markets jumped by 21.0% in October 2016 on the strength of double digit growth and record arrivals across all three global regions, including Latin America (+24.5%), Europe (+20.8%) and Asia-Pacific (+20.7%). In fact, all overseas markets except India registered double-digit growth in October 2016.
  • Overnight arrivals from the United States (+8.8%) in October 2016 were driven by increases across all three main categories of transportation into Canada, with train, cruise or bus modes of transportation (+23.5%) leading the way, followed by air arrivals (+14.4%) and auto arrivals (+2.8%).
  • From January to October 2016, overnight arrivals increased at a double-digit pace in eight of Destination Canada’s ten overseas markets, all of which posted exceptional performances, particularly South Korea (+31.2%), followed by China (+24.0%), Mexico (+19.1%), the United Kingdom (+15.9%), Australia (+14.4%), Germany (12.4%), India (10.7%) and Japan (10.3%).
  • 2016 year-to-date arrivals from the United States increased by 9.8%, representing nearly 1.1 million additional overnight visitors relative to the first ten months of 2015. Almost 600,000 additional visitors entered Canada by air (+17.8%) surpassing the combined number of additional arrivals by automobile (460,000; +7.0%) and by other modes of transportation (46,000; +3.6%).

Read the Tourism Snapshot – October 2016 in full.

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