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National tourism indicators, second quarter 2015

Released: 2015-09-25

Tourism spending in Canada

$20.1 billion

Second quarter 2015

0.7% 

(quarterly change)

Tourism spending in Canada rose 0.7% in the second quarter, after increasing 0.6% in the first quarter.

Spending by both Canadians at home and international visitors in Canada was up.

Chart 1  Chart 1: Tourism spending in Canada increases for ninth consecutive quarter
Tourism spending in Canada increases for ninth consecutive quarter

Canadian tourists continue to spend at home

Tourism spending by Canadians at home rose 0.5% in the second quarter, following a 0.7% increase in the first quarter.

Outlays on most tourism goods and services were up, with air transportation (+1.8%) and food and beverage services (+1.0%) contributing most to the increase. Spending by tourists on non-tourism goods and services, including groceries and clothing, was down 0.2% in the second quarter.

Chart 2  Chart 2: Tourism spending by Canadians at home increases
Tourism spending by Canadians at home increases

Spending by international visitors up

Spending by international visitors in Canada rose 1.7% in the second quarter, after increasing 0.4% in the first quarter. In June, Canada hosted the FIFA Women's Soccer World Cup.

Visitors to Canada spent more on most tourism goods and services, with passenger air transport (+2.1%), food and beverage services (+1.9%) and accommodation (+1.7%) contributing most to the stronger outlays. Tourism spending on non-tourism goods was also up.

Chart 3  Chart 3: Increase in tourism spending by international visitors
Increase in tourism spending by international visitors

Tourism gross domestic product increases

Tourism gross domestic product (GDP) grew 0.5% in the second quarter, continuing an upward trend that began in the third quarter of 2009. By comparison, national GDP declined 0.1% in the second quarter.

Accommodation (+0.9%) and transportation (+0.7%) were the largest contributors to the overall growth in tourism GDP. Tourism GDP in non-tourism industries decreased 0.5% in the second quarter.

Tourism employment rose 0.9% to 638,400 jobs in the second quarter. This continues an upward trend that began in the second quarter of 2012.

The increase in tourism employment was widespread in the second quarter, with accommodation (+1.1%) and food and beverage services (+0.9%) leading the gains.


  Note to readers

Growth rates of tourism spending and gross domestic product are expressed in real terms (that is, adjusted for price changes) as well as adjusted for seasonal variations, unless otherwise indicated. Employment data are also seasonally adjusted. For information on seasonal adjustment, see Seasonally adjusted data – Frequently asked questions.

Associated percentage changes are presented at quarterly rates unless otherwise noted.

The national tourism indicators are funded by the Canadian Tourism Commission.

Next release

Data on the national tourism indicators for the third quarter will be released on January 7, 2016.

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