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 2017, international arrivals to Canada reached a new all-time high of 20.8 million (+4.4% over 2016), surpassing the record high of 20.06 million previously set in 2002 by 3.9%.
The share of international overnight arrivals to Canada from countries other than the United States reached an all-time high of 31% in 2017, up from 19% during the previous peak year of 2002.
Overnight arrivals from non-US (overseas) origins (+7.2%) expanded at a pace slightly ahead of global international arrivals as reported by the UNWTO (+6.7%), with Destination Canada’s ten overseas markets (+9.1%) expanding at twice the rate as non-Destination Canada markets (4%).
2017 was the best year ever for Canadian tourism, we welcomed a record breaking 20.8M overnight arrivals, surpassing the previous 2002 record by 4%!
As well as the best year ever for total arrivals to Canada, China, France, Australia, Mexico, South Korea, India and Brazil all had their highest arrivals in 2017 too.
Direct air capacity to Canada increased by 7% in 2017, supporting a large increase in visitors arriving by air.
Overseas travellers, who typically spend more on trips to Canada than US travellers, represented 31% of all travellers to Canada (compared to 19% in 2002).
With 1.9M arrivals to Canada in 2017, @DestinationCAN's Asia-Pacific markets surpassed our European markets as our largest overseas region in 2017.
@DestinationCAN's Latin American markets led the growth in international arrivals to Canada in 2017 (+39% over 2016).
Arrivals from overseas (+7.2%) expanded slightly more than global international arrivals (+6.7%) in 2017, with @DestinationCAN’s overseas markets (+9%) expanding 2x the rate of non-Destination Canada markets (+4%).