International Traveller Spending Doubles

 

Statistics Canada data shows international travellers spent nearly $7 billion in Canada in April, May and June – almost twice the $3.6 billion that they spent in the second quarter last year.

The spending also exceeded the $6.3 billion that international visitors spent in Canada in the second quarter of 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted travel. The 2019 spending level, however, was not adjusted for inflation, which rose to a 39-year peak of 8.1 per cent in mid-2022, and has remained high. B.C. inflation last month was 2.3 per cent.

International visitors have long been disproportionately responsible for tourism-spending growth within Canada, with spending increases proportionally more than Canadian-resident tourists for hotels, food and travel. Nonetheless, year-over-year spending by international visitors was up regardless of geography.

American visitors spent $3.8 billion in Canada in the same period, up 94.2 per cent compared with the same months in 2022. Other international visitors spent $3.1 billion in the quarter, up 89.1 per cent from the same quarter in 2022. Spending by US residents was concentrated in Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, and Alberta, which together accounted for 91.3 per cent of US-resident spending.

Residents of the U.K. ($417.7 million), India ($321.1 million) and Mexico ($293.2 million) together accounted for nearly one-third (32.8 per cent) of total spending by overseas visitors in the second quarter, according to Statistics Canada.

Accommodations ($1.1 billion) was the largest spending category in the second quarter, followed by food and beverages ($793.3 million) and transportation within Canada ($422.9 million). Together, these categories represented nearly three-quarters (73.2 per cent) of total spending by overseas visitors in Canada. The majority (94.3 per cent) of this spending in the second quarter of 2023 took place in Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, and Alberta.

 

 

 

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