Overview

Each month we report on arrivals and other key trends of travellers from around the world visiting Canada.

Take a look at the detailed insights in the monthly report, including international arrivals from key markets, air capacity, exchange rates, accommodation data, Canadian outbound travel, competitive analysis, and other information to help monitor Canadian tourism performance.


In November 2018, overnight arrivals of international visitors to Canada edged up by 1%, bringing year-to-date arrivals since January 2018 to a new record high of 19.7 million overnight visitors, up 2% year-over-year.

With additional seats available on direct flights to Canada from Destination Canada’s long-haul markets (+7%), gains in overnight arrivals between January and November 2018 (+1%) were largely attributable to increases in the number of visitors arriving by air direct from overseas (+7% or 175,000 additional visitors). This trend helped substitute for fewer visitors from these markets arriving by air via the US (-20% or 138,000 fewer visitors).

  • With 1.1 million international visitors, November 2018 arrivals set a new record for the month of November.

  • In November 2018, arrivals from China, France, and Mexico set new records for the month of November.

  • From January to November 2018, overnight arrivals of international visitors to Canada reached 19.7 million, up 2% year-over-year and on track to achieve another record year.

  • YTD November 2018 international overnight arrivals from countries other than the United States (+3%) edged up at a faster pace than overnight arrivals from the United States (+1%).

  • With additional seats available on direct flights to Canada from long-haul markets (+7%), gains in YTD November arrivals  (+1%) were due to increased visitors arriving by air direct from overseas (+7% or 175,000 additional visitors).