Toronto witnesses record tourism numbers in 2017, welcomes 43.7 million tourists

 Thursday, January 25, 2018 


Canada, TorontoToronto had experienced a prosperous year for tourism in 2017 breaking previous records after 43.7 million tourists that had descended on the city last year led mainly by British, Chinese and American tourists.


As per the latest statistics that was released by Tourism Toronto, nearly 43 million tourists had pumped $8.8 billion in the local economy in 2017 representing another record-breaking number marking a $700 million rise in booked hotels, attractions and restaurants as compared to 2016.


Similarly international visits crossed the 5 million mark for the first time.


For the seventh year in a row visits from the US rose with 3 million American overnight tourists spending nearly $1.8 billion.


After the United States the largest international source markets included 319,000 visitors from China and 236,000 tourists from the UK. On account of the new visa-free access that was implemented in 2016, an overwhelming 72% rise in tourist arrivals in a year.


Johanne Bélanger, President and CEO of Tourism Toronto mentioned in a press release that world travellers are witnessing Toronto as an exciting urban destination with a record number of visitor spending and visitors.


Toronto is also the most preferred tourist destination for Canadian backpackers since it has welcomed 104 million overnight domestic visitors last year.


In the year 2017, Toronto had hosted many international events including the Invictus Games that was hosted by Prince Harry and the North American Indigenous Games.


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