Published on : Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Alberta’s tourism industry receives a boost amid a low Canadian dollar. According to recently-released figures from Statistics Canada, nearly 900,000 overseas visitors travelled to Alberta in 2014, which is up about 17 per cent from the previous year.
Those visitors spent more than $1 billion in Alberta, an increase of 22 per cent over 2013.
Visits from the United States also increased in 2014. Statistics Canada said more than 770,000 Americans took a trip to Alberta in 2014, spending more than $730 million. That’s a 12 per cent increase from 2013.
Total tourism spending in Alberta hit $8.3 billion in 2014, up about five per cent from 2013.
“All Albertans should be proud that our tourism industry is dynamic and resilient, with great potential for growth. Tourism in Alberta presents tremendous opportunities to help diversify our economy and create good-paying jobs in an exciting industry,” Minister of Culture and Tourism Ricardo Miranda said.