In times of global economic downturn, every tourist dollar counts, especially when foreign visitors stay longer and spend more money at their destination of choice. International tourism is important for economic growth and the creation of more jobs. The prosperity of a region is associated with an increasing absorption of labor to receive tourists and the sale and consumption of tourism-related products. Capital is invested in accommodation, travel and tourism services, and the country’s infrastructure.
Canada is a prosperous country with plenty to offer with regard to accommodation, sites of interest, and landmarks. Given the importance of reaching out to foreign visitors, what are the tourism trends in Canada this year?
This infographic gives us an overview of the number of international overnight trips toCanadafrom June 2011 to June 2012. Visitors from the United States, France, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, and India increased in number.China topped the list of foreign visitors, with an increase of 22.7 percent. The year-on-year growth is substantial for tourists from Japan(16.2 percent) and Brazil(14.9 percent). Tourist arrivals from Germany and South Korea decreased by 12.6 percent and 10.9 percent, respectively. Canadians made over 2 million trips abroad, which is an increase of 8.4 percent from 2011.
Over 50 percent of all tourists travel abroad for recreation and leisure. Overall, Canada experienced an increase in arrivals, translating into positive growth, driven by substantial tourism receipts.
Image courtesy of Canadian Tourism Commission.