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International arrivals to Canada climbed 2% in June 2011.

China and India markets show the way as first half of 2011 closes on a high, reports latest CTC Tourism Snapshot.

28 August 2011

Almost two million travellers came to Canada in June 2011, a 2% year-on-year increase, says the latest Tourism Snapshot, just published by the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC)’s Research department

However, this positive news was slightly offset by the year-to-date total of 6.4 million overnight visitors to this country, a 1% dip on the same period in 2010.

Here’s a breakdown of other key nuggets:

  • The China market has an ever-growing appetite for Canada. It posted the largest gain in overnight arrivals (up 23% on June 2010), and its year-to-date total is up 19%, too.
  • There was more positive news for the third consecutive month from Mexico: an 8% upturn in overnighters to Canada over the same month last year.
  • The Germany market rebounded after five months of decline with a 10% boost in arrival numbers over June 2010. India (14%), Australia (8%), and France (5%) were other CTC key international overseas markets to report gains in numbers crossing Canadian passport control.
  • Not such happy tidings from Japan: a 30% drop in overnight arrivals to Canada was symptomatic of the ongoing troubles the country is suffering in the aftermath of the March earthquake and tsunami.
  • South Koreans are not travelling to Canada in the same numbers, either: June 2011 witnessed a 12% drop in arrivals, a fifth consecutive monthly fall.
  • Uncle Sam steered 1.4 million Americans to Canada in June 2011, 2% more than in the same month of 2010. They increased their  “other” modes of travel (+10%) and air travel (+4%) though fewer crossed the border by auto (-2%).
  • However, the US year-to-date figures for the first six months of 2011 show a 1% overall decline to 4.6 million overnight trips.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador (38%) and Nova Scotia (25%) were the American provinces of choice for the first half of 2011, whereas Prince Edward Island suffered an 89% tumble.
  • Canadians continue to flock for the travel exit routes: outbound travel in June 2011 hit two million, a 6% year-on-year increase.
  • Canadian consumer confidence trembled again. The Index of Consumer Confidence, released by The Conference Board of Canada, slipped 2.5 points on May ’11 to 83.1.
  • The US is a bundle of nerves, too.The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index fell to 58.5.

The Tourism Snapshot examines statistics and travel trends up to June 30, 2011, in CTC’s—and partners’—key global markets.

Read the Tourism Snapshot – June 2011 in full.

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