New Canadian tourism statistics on the heels of the top New York Times ranking


Ottawa, January 5, 2017—The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism, made the following statement:

"2016 was a great year for tourism, and we have another big year ahead of us in 2017 for Canada's 150th birthday! Just yesterday, Canada was named the top destination country for 2017 by the New York Times, and I couldn't agree more!

"Tourism is an economic driver for every Canadian community. This is an industry that supports our small businesses and creates jobs in regions large and small, urban and rural from coast to coast to coast.

"This summer saw the greatest growth in tourist spending in our country in almost 20 years, further supporting Canadian businesses. In the first nine months of 2016, tourism spending in Canada reached $74.0 billion, an increase of 4.3% compared to the same time period in 2015. Domestic revenues increased by 2.7% to $57.7 billion, while spending by international visitors increased 10.5% to $16.3 billion.

"From January to October 2016, international overnight arrivals to Canada increased by 11% compared to the same period in 2015, with the majority of international tourists visiting from the United States. These impressive results can be credited in part to Destination Canada and its Connecting America marketing campaign that was launched in May 2016 to promote Canada as a premier tourism destination in the U.S. market."

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Twitter: @MinofSBT
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For further information, please contact:

James Fitz-Morris
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Small Business
and Tourism

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and
Economic Development Canada

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