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Canada has the 13th largest travel economy globally – WTTC Canada has the 13th largest travel economy globally – WTTC

Canada Tourism Growth Outpaces Economy

Canada’s travel and tourism sector grew 50 percent faster than the country’s wider economy during 2017, according to newly released World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) research findings.

The total contribution of travel and tourism to the Canadian economy in 2017 was CAD138.8 billion (USD107.49 billion), taking into account all the direct, indirect and induced benefits. This represented a rise of 4.5 percent against growth of three percent for the wider economy.

Additionally, WTTC noted that travel and tourism supported 1.6 million jobs in Canada during 2017 (8.6 percent of total employment) and that, by 2028, almost two million jobs were forecast to be dependent on travel and tourism.

“Travel and tourism creates jobs, drives economic growth and helps build better societies,” remarked Gloria Guevara, CEO, WTTC. “This is particularly the case in Canada where the government must be congratulated for its recent adoption of its Electronic Travel Authorisation electronic visa programme [an entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air] which have helped to increase international visitor numbers and enhance border security.”