Published on : Friday, December 22, 2017
Anniversary celebrations, a better economy and a low Canadian dollar were expected to have boosted overnight visits to Canada by 3.1 per cent this year. Tourism is expected to grow in 2018 but only by 2.5 per cent.
Greg Hermus, Associate Director for The Conference Board of Canada’s Canadian Tourism Research Institute said, “The hundreds of events organized in communities across the country to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday attracted visitors from both near and far, and contributed to a banner year for tourism in 2017. With this major milestone behind us, we can anticipate more subdued growth going forward.”
It is expected that the Canadian dollar will remain low or at least gain value slowly, and that is thought of to be good for tourism. There will be more direct flights to Canada and new marketing efforts.
Overseas visits to Canada are projected to have increased by 7.1 per cent in 2017 and may grow 6.2 per cent in 2018. The biggest increase came from Mexico. The increase was also due to Canada’s decision to lift its visa requirement, more direct flights between the two countries and reduced travel to the U.S. due to President Donald Trump’s disparaging comments about Mexico. Travel from China is expected to increase in 2018 as a Canada-China Year of Tourism was declared to boost tourism between the two countries.