Canada’s climate and landscape are perfect for snowboarding, skiing, dog sledding, and snowmobiling. Winter sports are important for the economy because they increase tourist traffic. Spectator sports and environmentally sound tourism attract domestic and international visitors. Most bed spaces in Canada’s mountainous regions are in serviced accommodation, which contributes to an increase in outbound tourism. In fact, statistics show that international arrivals have increased by 1.6 percent in December 2012.
Sports tourism drives investment in the property market, and many regions aim to establish themselves as attractive sports destinations. Participation and spectator sports attract media coverage and account for team and family travel. Given the “sportification” of society, sports tourism is an important factor for economic growth. It has a positive impact on regional development, from urban regeneration to infrastructure and the building of a large mix of sports facilities. Plus, Canada has the right landscape and snow and wind conditions for all of this to happen.
Infographic courtesy of Cottage Country
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