OTTAWA, July 4, 2012 /CNW/ - Overnight stays in Canada are forecast to
rise by a modest 1.8 per cent in 2012, as a result of balanced growth
in both domestic and international visits, according to The Conference
Board of Canada's Travel Markets Outlook-Spring 2012: National Focus. This report, published twice a year, provides a five-year forecast for
the tourism industry.
"While we expect continued growth in the number of overnight domestic
trips, Canadians' limited gains in household discretionary income will
curtail the average spending per trip," said Greg Hermus, Associate
Director, Canadian Tourism Research Institute.
Overnight visits from the United States are expected to edge up by a
slight 0.5 per cent in 2012. Led by robust travel from emerging markets
and Japan, overseas visits are forecast to grow by 3.1 per cent in
Overall tourism spending is expected to increase by 3.8 per cent in
2012. Following a sharp rise during 2011, travel prices are expected to
post more modest growth of 1.5 per cent in 2012.
The outlook also provides tourism insights for all 10 provinces and
Newfoundland and Labrador - intra-provincial tourism will be solid, but
little growth in overnight visits from the rest of Atlantic Canada is
expected, due to slow economic growth in those provinces.
Prince Edward Island - Visits from overseas are forecast to grow
strongly this year, especially from Japanese tourists who did not
travel following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Nova Scotia - Visits to the province will grow at a modest pace due to
weaker economic growth in other Atlantic provinces, but overseas visits
will increase at a healthy pace.
New Brunswick - domestic travel to the province will post only a modest
increase this year over 2011. On the bright side, the addition of Saint
John to the itineraries of several cruise ships has spawned growth in
Quebec - Domestic travel to and within Quebec will see modest growth,
but overnight visits from France are expected to continue to grow this
Ontario - Growth in travel from China and India is expected to offset
weakness from Europe, boosting overseas arrivals.
Manitoba - The province's booming mining sector is expected to help
boost growth in domestic business travel.
Saskatchewan - growth in visits from Alberta will be strong, but
overseas arrivals from Europe will ease due to the European debt
Alberta - In addition to strong intra-provincial tourism, the centennial
Calgary Stampede is expected to draw a record crowd.
British Columbia - China's granting of Approved Destination Status for
Canada should lead to continued growth in Chinese tourists to the
Yukon - The booming mining sector will draw business travelers from B.C.
and the Prairies.
A separate publication provides a tourism outlook for nine major
SOURCE CONFERENCE BOARD OF CANADA
For further information:
Brent Dowdall, Media Relations, Tel.: 613- 526-3090 ext. 448