Canada welcomed over 8.7 million international visitors this summer, including a record-breaking 2.6 million arrivals from overseas.
In August alone, almost three million travellers entered Canada, up 5% over August 2016 with strong growth from Mexico, France and China.
In August, overnight arrivals from the United States rebounded with a gain of 6%, year-over-year. This performance was supported by robust increases in arrivals by air (+9%) and gains in overnight visitors by automobiles (+3%) across all provinces, except British Columbia and Nova Scotia.
Year-to-date August 2017, overnight arrivals from Destination Canada’s international markets were up 4%. A strong US performance in August provided momentum to improve growth over the first eight months of 2017 to 3%, year-over-year.
Destination Canada’s overseas markets (+10%), Latin-America (+42%) and Asia-Pacific (+12%) led the way year-to-date with double digit-gains, followed by more subdued gains from Europe (+2%).