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April 2013: the ebb and flow of travel to Canada.

Overnight international visitor numbers to Canada took a tumble, with the US market suffering a slowdown, says CTC Tourism Snapshot.

10 July 2013

April 2013 had a sting in its statistical travel tail. Just over 917,000 international visitors made a trip to enjoy Canadian travel experiences, an 8% year-on-year drop, according to the new Tourism Snapshot from the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC)’s Research department.

Some more April 2013 and Q4 2012 facts and figures:

  • CTC’s European markets found April 2013 heavy going, with the UK (-14%), Germany (-10%) and France (-3%) all posting declines.
  • Economic uncertainty in the Euro-zone is not the sole reason for the weak showings. European hub airports have been taking the strain in capacity for travel to Canada since Air India cancelled its direct service last year from the emerging Asian market and now Air Transat has reduced its service from the UK.
  • The US market hit the brakes in April 2013, with Americans taking 647,000 overnighters to Canada. The 10% drop was largely driven by a 15% tumble in auto arrivals.
  • However, year-to-date April 2013, total American trip numbers to Canada are virtually unchanged at 2.3 million.
  • The China market flew the flag for Canada in April 2013, posting a 15% increase in travellers.
  • The South Korea and Japan markets kept their Canadian travel numbers upwardly mobile in Asia in April, with 3% and 0.3% increases respectively
  • Overall spending by visitors from CTC’s key markets grew 3% in Q4 2012 to hit $1.8 billion.
  • The Brits spent $135 million while travelling in Canada in Q4 2012, the highest total from any overseas market. China ($115 million) came second, followed by Australia ($91 million) and France ($85 million).
  • Canadian outbound travel barely made the needle flicker in April 2013: a 0.2% year-on-year rise saw total trips reach three million.
  • Canadians are losing their nerve. The Index of Consumer Confidence, released by The Conference Board of Canada, slipped 4.9 points to 75.6, the sixth month out of seven that the index has declined.
  • Americans regained their sunny dispositions in April 2013. The Conference BoardConsumer Confidence Index rose 6.2 points back up to 68.1.

The Tourism Snapshot examines statistics and travel trends up to April 30, 2013, in CTC’s—and partners’—key global markets.

Read the Tourism Snapshot –April 2013 in full.

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