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October 2013: the big data on travel to Canada.

The US market was the torchbearer as the international arrivals total rose 2%, says latest CTC Tourism Snapshot.

08 January 2014

Guten Tag! Bonjour! Hola! Multicultural Canada was delighted to say hello to more than 1.1 million international visitors in October 2013, a 2% year-on-year increase, according to the latest number-crunching Tourism Snapshot from the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC)’s Research department.

More data hot spots:

  • It was Vorsprung durch Reise for the Germany market in October 2013, which posted a 13% rise in travellers to Canada.
  • Elsewhere in CTC’s European markets in October 2013, la vie était belle for France (up 5%) but the UK was still down in the dumps (-3%).
  • Visitor numbers were fair dinkum in the Australia market, too, which saw a 5% surge in Aussies crossing the Pacific for a Canadian vacation in October 2013.
  • Fuelled by an increase in auto and air travel, Americans took 850,000 overnighters in Canada in October 2013, a 2% year-on-year increase.
  • During the first 10 months of 2013, US residents made 10.6 million overnight trips to their Canadian cousins, up 1% on 2012.
  • Mixed news in CTC’s Latin American markets in October 2013: Mexico registered a 6% increase in travellers to Canada, but visitor numbers from Brazil contracted 11%.
  • The China market had a quiet month by its standards in October 2013, posting just 6% year-on-year growth in visitors to Canada.
  • Arrival numbers to Canada also declined from the Japan market (-12%) in 2013, probably caused by the early phasing-out of summer air capacity.
  • The data was mainly upbeat outside CTC’s key international markets, with arrival numbers climbing from Taiwan (17%), Italy (9%), Hong Kong (7%), Switzerland (2%) and the Netherlands (0.3%). Spain (-7%) was the only market in this group on a downer.
  • Canadians headed to the borders in droves in October 2013, making 2.4 million trips abroad, a 1% increase on the same month in 2012.
  • In the first 10 months of 2013, total Canadian outbound travel reached 28.3 million trips, a 2% year-on-year rise.
  • Unease over future job opportunities made Canadians uncertain of their futures. The Index of Consumer Confidence, released by The Conference Board of Canada, dipped two points to 88.9 in October 2013.
  • Americans got a case of the heebie-jeebies in October 2013. The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index plummeted nine points, down to 71.2.

The Tourism Snapshot examines statistics and travel trends up to October 31, 2013, in CTC’s—and partners’—key global markets.

Read the Tourism Snapshot –October 2013 in full.


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