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Conference Board Projects International Arrivals Will Grow In 2018

In its latest Travel Markets Outlook, the Conference Board of Canada is projecting that overseas visits to Canada will grow by 6.7% in 2018 – to reach over 9 million visitors – and continuing the solid growth the country experienced in 2017.

Greg Hermus, associate director for The Conference Board of Canada’’s Canadian Tourism Research Institute, said that: “Overseas visits to Canada are expected to increase from all continents, with the highest growth coming from Mexico and China.”

Travel from China is expected to get a boost from the Canada-China Year of Tourism, while Canada continues to see growth in Mexican tourists following the lifting of visa requirements for travellers from Mexico in December 2016.

Overnight visits from the U.S. will be held back slightly by high gas prices, but are still projected to increase by a solid 3.4%. In all, tourism activity in Canada is poised to expand by 2.6% in 2018.

As for regional highlights, the Conference Board’s Travel Markets Outlook indicates that on top of the strong gains experienced last year, tourism will continue to grow in the 10 Canadian cities covered in its Metropolitan Focus.

Vancouver will have the strongest growth in overnight visits this year at 4.3%.

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