Canadian tourism overall is set to see another strong year in 2016 with an increase in both domestic and international visitation, according to new reports by the Conference Board of Canada.
The Conference Board’s National and Metropolitan Travel Markets Outlooks project an increase in domestic visits by 2.1 per cent, while U.S. and overseas visits are expected to increase by 5.1 and 5.2 per cent this year, respectively,
Regionally, the nine Canadian cities covered in the reports should see varied levels of tourism growth in 2016: Edmonton will see the lowest growth at 0.8 per cent, while Vancouver will see the highest increase with overnight visits expected to increase by 4.1 per cent in 2016. Growth is also expected in Halifax (2.7 per cent), Québec City (three per cent), Montréal (3.4 per cent), Ottawa-Gatineau (2.7 per cent), Toronto (3.3 per cent), Winnipeg (2.7 per cent) and Calgary, the reports suggest.
The Conference Board also found that Canadian travel prices are forecast to increase by 1.7 per cent this year.
The reports are available at www.conferenceboard.ca.