It’s expected this year will be a strong one for tourism in the country.
According to The Conference Board of Canada’s Travel Markets Outlooks, domestic visits are expected to increase by 2.1%, while overnight visits from the US and overseas are expected to rise by 5.1% and 5.2%, respectively, in 2016.
It’s also expected visitors will flock to Toronto, Halifax, Montreal, Quebec City, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.
“A favorable exchange rate coupled with low gas prices will make Canada an attractive destination for both Canadian and international travellers in 2016.” – Greg Hermus, Associate Director for The Conference Board of Canada’s Canadian Tourism Research Institute.
Toronto’s tourism numbers are expected to get a real boost from major sporting events, such as the NBA All-Star Game, The Grey Cup and the World Cup of Hockey.
Overnight trips here are projected to jump by 3.3% in 2016.
The not-so-great side to this? Travel prices are also expected to rise this year.
Canadian travel costs are expected to rise by 1.7% this year.