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Canadian Tourism reaches New Milestone with nearly 20 Million Inbound Visitors

The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) is excited by new Statistics Canada numbers showing that Canada welcomed almost 20 million inbound visitors in 2016, a 14 year high. In 2015, TIAC set a five year industry goal to bring in 20 million visitors by 2020. Seeing this much progress within two years is an outstanding accomplishment for the industry.

"We came just shy of a record breaking year for tourism," states Charlotte Bell, TIAC President & CEO, "Canada saw gains from both mature and emerging visitor markets, showing that Canada is really back on the map as a must-visit destination around the world for vacation and business travel."

Of particular note, Canada saw a growth of 22% from China, from which visitation has been booming since Canada was granted ADS status in 2010. Also note worthy is that, even before the lift of the Mexican visa, visits from Mexico went up 23% in 2016.

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Tourism Industry Association of Canada