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June 2015: 7.8% Year-on-Year Rise of International Visitors

Canada has welcomed 7.1 million international visitors in the first half of 2015, a 7.8% year-on-year rise, says Destination Canada’s newest Tourism Snapshot report.

Key highlights from the report:

  • Over the first six months of 2015, total international visitor arrivals from Destination Canada’s 11 target markets rose 8.2% year over year. Appreciable gains were registered across all regions, led by Mexico and Brazil in Latin America (+15.6%), followed by Asia-Pacific (+9.2%), the US (+8.4%) and Europe (+4.0%)
  • Markets where DC invests in the US (+8.4%) and overseas (+7.4%) continued to expand at a faster rate than international tourism arrivals from other overseas markets (+4.8%).
  • Total overnight arrivals from DC’s key overseas markets rose 6.1% in June 2015, driven by strong growth from the two Latin American markets (19.2%), followed by Asia-Pacific (+5.6%) and Europe (+4.2%).
  • In June 2015, Brazil (+21.4%), South Korea (+23.9%), India (+12.0%) and Mexico (+18.1%) recorded double-digit growth in overnight arrivals over June 2014. Arrivals were unchanged from China and Australia during this same period.
  • Overnight arrivals from the US climbed for a seventh consecutive month in June 2015 (+12.7%). Gains were registered across all major modes of entry, including by automobile (+15.9%), air (+7.7%) and other modes of transport (+9.5%) – including train, cruises, buses.

Read the Tourism Snapshot – June 2015 in full.

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