OTTAWA, Feb. 21, 2017 /CNW/ - This past year was the best the tourism sector has experienced in over a decade, with almost 20 million international tourists visiting Canada. Statistics Canada today released a complete set of data on the tourism industry's performance during 2016. The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, made the following statement:
"Congratulations to the Canadian tourism industry on an incredible 2016.
"International tourist arrivals grew by 11.1 percent in 2016, the largest annual growth Canada has seen in 30 years. I'm excited to work with the tourism industry to ensure this growth continues!
"Canada, which was named top destination by Lonely Planet and the New York Times, is THE place to be in 2017.
"As we celebrate Canada's 150th birthday this year, let's also celebrate our tourism operators and industry leaders and recognize their role in supporting economic growth for middle-class Canadians."
SOURCE Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
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