TORONTO, June 29, 2012 /CNW/ - Ontario is home to 147,000 tourism
businesses that are preparing for their busiest season. These tourism
businesses were pumping $21 billion dollars into the province's economy
until new industry statistics were released today by Ontario's Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
Last year, visits to the province increased by 1.3 per cent. This means
Ontario welcomed more than 104 million visitors into the province, with
positive increases from emerging markets such as China, India and
Visitors spent 3.6 per cent more in 2011 ($18.3 billion) than in 2010
($17.6 billion). As a result, Ontario's tourism receipts increased by
4.3 per cent to $23.6 billion, creating jobs in the industry.
"These numbers prove that investing in Ontario's tourism industry by
collaborating with the industry, making traveling easier and more
affordable, is a great return on investment for governments," said Beth
Potter, President of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario. "Last
year the province alone collected $4 billion in taxes from the tourism
industry. These revenues help pay for the education and health care
Ontarians enjoy. And, our industry has the potential to do more,"
Potter went on to say.
Ontario's tourism businesses work hard to ensure that Ontario is branded
as a premier travel destination. They continue to host major national
and international conventions and events, create new attractions and
festivals in order to welcome more visitors from around the world.
To find out more information about Ontario's tourism industry visit http://tiaontario.ca/news.
The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) is the umbrella
organization for leading associations, destination marketing
organizations, regional tourism organizations and 147,000 businesses
serving Ontario's diverse tourism industry. TIAO provides a strong
unified voice for the sector, advocating the importance of tourism and
the interests of the business community to all levels of government in
order to help the industry grow and prosper.
SOURCE Tourism Industry Association of Ontario
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