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It’s all aboot Canada as its tourism grows

It’s all aboot Canada as its tourism grows
31 Oct 2014

It seems that the number of people choosing Canada as a holiday destination has grown over the past few months as Maxime Bernier, minister of state for small business and tourism announced that the country saw an impressive boost in tourism over the summer months.

In fact, from June right through August, there was an increase of 12.7% recorded in arrivals from the Canadian Tourism Commission’s (CTC) markets, highlighting just how strong Canada is becoming as a destination.

Within this same period, there was a 3.2% increase in international overnight visitors from the same period in 2013. In August alone, 2,670,261 international visitors were welcomed, which was the highest since the records began in the 1970s, and in total from August 2013, 12.2 million international travellers entered the country.

Importantly, this boost in tourism has really helped make a positive contribution to Canada’s economy and resulted in businesses employing more workers, with 618,000 jobs being created thanks to the growing tourism.

Mr Bernier said: "The tourism industry is an important part of Canada's economy. The CTC has delivered impressive results and continues to leverage partnerships with the provinces and territories and the private sector to brand Canada as a top destination for visitors from around the globe."

This news has been particularly encouraging for the National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC), whose executive director, Marc-André O'Rourke, said: "Air travel is a key enabler of the travel and tourism economy and today's announcement is good news for Canada and hopefully something we can build on."

"We need to promote innovative public policy aimed at improving Canada's competitiveness in order to keep the momentum going and to ensure Canada's place as a leading player in the global travel and tourism market," he added.ADNFCR-408-ID-801757935-ADNFCR

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