Tourism to Canada
has been breaking its own records year-on-year. Destination Canada’s year-end
data highlights that there has been a remarkable growth in the number of Indian
tourists as visited Canada in the year 2016. More than 215,664 Indian tourists
sojourned in the country from January-December, 2016, registering a remarkable
growth of 13.2 per cent as compared to 2015.
SanJeet, India Representative - Destination
Canada, said, “This huge rise in arrivals from India proves that Indians are
exploring Canada for the kind of diversities it offers. In 2016, Canada has
been promoted extensively with the travel trade as well as consumers and we are
hopeful to maintain steady growth this year as well, which is a special for all
of us as Canada turns 150.”
Last year, Destination Canada India office conducted a series
of extensive market reach programmes including agent training sessions across
India, consumer activations, digital campaigns, social media campaigns,
familiarisation trips, networking sessions, among other activities.
If reports came from the Tourism
Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) are to go by, Canada welcomed a total
of 20 million visitors in 2016, a 14 year high. In 2015 the Tourism Industry Association of Canada
set a 5 year industry goal to bring 20 million visitors to the country by 2020.