Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada 150 Saw Record Number of International Tourists: Statistics Canada

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada 150 Saw Record Number of International Tourists: Statistics Canada

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Tourism record set in 2017

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OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says international tourism set an annual record during Canada 150 last year, with 20.8 million trips of one or more nights.

The overall figure surpasses the previous record of 20.1 million set in 2002.

The statistics agency says the number of U.S. tourists rose 3.1 per cent in 2017 to reach 14.3 million, the highest figure since 2005, and there were also a record 6.5 million visitors from overseas countries, up 7.2 per cent from 2016.

The report says there were year-over-year increases in travel from all continents in 2017, most notably a 26.1 per cent increase from the region of North America, Central America and the Caribbean and a 19.0 per cent increase from South America. …

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