According to a press release issued earlier this month by the federal government, Canada’s tourism industry is having its best year ever. In the first half of 2018, tourism activities directly accounted for more than $18 billion of Canada’s GDP, an increase of more than 6% over the first half of 2017. The sector is a vital part of the Canadian economy, supporting 1.8 million jobs from coast to coast to coast.
At a recent meeting of the Canadian Council of Tourism Ministers (CCTM), the ministers discussed the economic importance of the tourism sector and the good jobs that it creates right across the country. They committed to continue to work together to grow this vital economic sector and create more economic growth in our communities.
The ministers agreed to build on the momentum of the 2018 Canada-China Year of Tourism. China is the world’s fastest-growing source market for international tourists, and the Canada-China Year of Tourism is helping to promote Canada as a destination of choice for Chinese travellers. In the first half of 2018, Canada welcomed over 300,000 tourists from China, an increase of more than 9% over the same period last year.
Read the full media release here.