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May 2012: the nuts and bolts of travel to Canada.

Almost a million Americans crossed their northern border: just one of the stellar stats from CTC’s key international markets in the latest CTC Tourism Snapshot.

31 July 2012

It was the merry month of May for international travel to Canada. With 1.4 million visitors from around the world—up 2% on 2011—coming to Canada, the latest fact-packed Tourism Snapshot by the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC)’s Research department is good enough for a jig around the maypole.

Here are some more data hot spots:

  • Sacrebleu! Overnight arrivals from France fell 2% in May 2012 after three consecutive monthly increases.
  • Heavy economic clouds still gathered over the UK market in May 2012: it continued its downward spiral with another 8% drop in trips to Canada.
  • It was Yankee-doodle-dandy in the US market, in May 2012. A 6% rise in auto travel meant that overnighters to Canada hit the accelerator, growing 3% to nudge against one million.
  • Year-to-date, Americans have made 4% more trips to their northerly neighbours, a total of 3.3 million arrivals.
  • Those positive vibes spread through the Americas: the Mexico market knocked up an 11% increase in Canadian expeditions, while Brazilians stayed nuts about Canada, taking 7% more trips here than in 2011.
  • The inexorable rise of the China market continued in May 2012, with a 22% rise in overnight trips to Canada.
  • Also upwardly mobile in Asia: the India market was looking frisky, posting a 21% surge in visitors to these shores, while Japan’s steady recovery continued with 4% growth.
  • South Korea also remained in the doldrums: May 2012 brought no sign of relief, with 9% fewer trips to Canada.
  • Canada’s tourism rivals had a good April: total international travel to the US rose 8% and to Australia, 3%.
  • Home sweet home: for the first time since October 2009, Canadians took fewer trips to passport control. A total of 2.5 million outbound trips in May 2012 represented a 2% year-on-year decline.
  • Canadians were full of the joys of spring in May 2012. The Index of Consumer Confidence, released by The Conference Board of Canada, leapt 5.8 points to hit 80.8.
  • Dodgy job prospects haunted American thoughts in May. The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index dipped to 64.9, a 3.8-point decline on April.

The Tourism Snapshot examines statistics and travel trends up to May 31, 2012, in CTC’s—and partners’—key global markets.

Read the Tourism Snapshot – May 2012 in full.

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Brockville Tourism in the heart of the 1000 Islands, Ontario Canada can provide great information including The Tall Ships Rendezvous coming in June 2013. www.brockvilletourism.com

Hi Myrt

Sounds like a great trip! Your best bet for local info is to get in touch with marketing organization for each province first of all (eg Travel Alberta). They will give you a good steer and may even put you in touch with specific operators/destinations.

Have fun!


We are planning a driving road trip across Southern Canada this fall and would appreciate any help, suggestions, maps you can provide.
Thank you,
M. Deist