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Tourism spending in Canada up

Tourism spending in Canada rose 0.9% in the fourth quarter, as spending by both international visitors in Canada and Canadians touring at home increased.

This was the 10th consecutive quarterly increase in tourism spending in Canada. Since the second quarter of 2009, tourism spending in Canada has increased 9.5%.

Tourism spending increases for 10th consecutive quarter

Increase in tourism spending by Canadians at home

Tourism spending by Canadians at home rose 1.0% in the fourth quarter, following a 0.9% gain in the previous quarter.

Spending on most commodities was higher, most notably passenger air transport (+1.9%) and recreation and entertainment (+3.3%). Spending on accommodation, food and beverage services and non-tourism commodities such as groceries, clothing and alcohol bought in stores also rose. Spending on travel services was down 1.1%.

Increase in tourism spending by Canadians at home

Spending by international visitors in Canada up

Spending by foreign visitors in Canada increased 0.8% in the fourth quarter, with gains in overnight travel from both the United States and overseas countries.

Spending on most tourism commodities increased, including transportation services, accommodation, food and beverage services and other tourism commodities. Tourism spending on non-tourism commodities also increased.

Spending by international visitors in Canada up

Tourism gross domestic product (GDP) grew 0.5% in the fourth quarter, the 10th consecutive quarterly increase. Tourism GDP rose for all industries, including transportation, accommodation and non-tourism industries.

Tourism employment rose 0.6% in the fourth quarter, with most tourism industries posting job gains. Tourism jobs in non-tourism industries also increased. Tourism jobs in travel services declined 1.5% in the fourth quarter.


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