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June 2013: the vital statistics of Canada travel.

Two million-plus international travellers came to Canada, with increases from China and Mexico offsetting declines from Europe, says CTC Tourism Snapshot.

05 September 2013

Midsummer is the time for travellers’ dreams. More than two million international visitors chose Canada in June 2013, a 0.1% drop on the previous year, according to the latest Tourism Snapshot, from the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC)’s Research department.

Some other key stats:

  • The China market produced another bountiful return in June 2013, with a 22% growth in travellers coming to Canada.
  • There was a marked improvement in South Korea, which registered a 6% year-on-year gain in visitors to Canada. This change was driven by the new thrice weekly service from Seoul to Toronto, ON, which is running from June to October.
  • Elsewhere in Asia, the India market looked frisky again, notching a 3% rise in consumers coming to Canada, but Japan suffered a case of the moody blues, with visitation dropping 7%.
  • The US market got stuck in neutral gear in June 2013: despite a 5% boost in air arrivals, a 4% drop in Americans coming to Canada via road saw the overnight arrivals total dip 1% to 1.5 million.
  • Americans headed north over the 49th parallel 4.9 million times during the first half of 2013, up just a tad (0.5%) on the previous year.
  • A travel malaise hung over CTC’s European markets like a cloud in June 2013: France (-7%), Germany (-4%) and the UK all registered fewer travellers heading west to Canada.
  • The Mexico market had an upbeat month, with 13% more travellers picking Canada as their destination compared with June 2012.
  • Canadians grabbed their suitcases and took 2.3 million trips outside their homeland in June 2013, a 5% year-on-year increase.
  • During the first six months of 2013, Canadians crossed their border just under 16.4 million times, up 3% on 2012.
  • After a volatile 12 months afflicted by economic hiccups, the Index of Consumer Confidence, released by The Conference Board of Canada, nudged up another 2.8 points to 83.4.
  • The US looked increasingly bullish in June 2013. The Conference BoardConsumer Confidence Index rose 7.1 points to hit the giddy heights of 81.4.

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

Read the Tourism Snapshot –June 2013 in full.



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Hi Nicole - It is still too early to draw any conclusions for the rest of the summer. We will be assessing the impact of the strike once we get statistics for the rest of the summer in the coming months (July stats in late September, August stats in late October, etc.).
best, Mat

I'm curious to know how these numbers were affected once the strike began in June at Canadian embassies worldwide; travelers in June would already have had their visas in place, but it would have been those planning later travel that would have been most affected. Do you have any stats to share?