Although reliable data on the number of international travelers who visit the United States are hard to come by—anyone visiting the website of the U.S. National Travel and Tourism Office will find almost nothing on 2016, 2017 or 2018 posted online as the agency works to recalculate faulty numbers given it by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security—the latest monthly report from Destinations Canada shows that the country, which is the number one inbound source market for the USA, is coming back from a slump that now seems to have bottomed out in 2016.
Destinations Canada reported that for the period of January through April of this year, the number of Canadian arrivals in the United States was up 5.7 percent over the same period last year (it should be noted that the four months contain traditionally strong months for the Canadian “Snowbird”
market) and 13.7 percent over 2016. INBOUND culled the numbers in the following table from previous issues of Destination Canada’s monthly “Tourism Snapshot” reports.
Meanwhile, Inbound to Canada Weak among some Key Markets: After 2017 set an all-time record for international travelers visiting the country, Destination Canada reported that April 2018 and year-to-date numbers were underwhelming, although increases from China and India were at double-digit percentage increases vs. last year.