Destination Canada, the official tourism promotion agency for the country, has issued its latest monthly graphic (the full monthly reports follow by a couple of weeks) showing that, for the peak season-closing month of August, a half-dozen of its 11 targeted country markets had their best August ever in the number of visitors they send to Canada.
At a Glance: August Arrivals to Canada
Numbers from Mexico Soar: For seven consecutive months, the increase in the number of visitors to Canada from Mexico has been in percentages that are in the high double digits with August totals setting a record for the month—nearly 38,000.
Is the increase in Mexican visitation at the expense of the USA? Meanwhile, for the nearest comparable period between the U.S. and Canada—arrivals figures from the U.S. National Travel and Tourism Office are available for the first five months of 2017—inbound traffic from Mexico to the USA has fallen by 6.1 percent; in hard numbers, this is a decline of 441,000 visitors vs. the same period in 2016. At the same time, the market from Canada seems to be recovering following two consecutive years of contraction.