Canada 150 Celebrations, a Low Canadian Dollar, and New Flight Routes Helped Propel International Visits to Over 23 Million in 2017

Ottawa, December 20, 2017—With the Canadian economy picking up the pace, rising confidence among households and businesses, and major celebrations across the country, 2017 was a very successful year for tourism in Canada. In fact, overnight visits to and within Canada are expected to have increased by 3.1 per cent this year, according to The Conference Board of Canada’s latest Travel Markets Outlook for both national and metropolitan cities. Next year, more modest— but still healthy—growth of 2.5 per cent is forecast.

This year, overnight visits to Calgary are estimated to increase by 3.6 per cent, with business travel boosted by the recovery of the regional economy. Through to 2021, growth rates of 2.6 per cent or more are projected, supported by solid increases from overseas markets.

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