The Canadian Tourism Commission has released February 2011 statistics on overnight visits to Canada from abroad, and they don’t look good. Overall, arrivals fell 4.1% as compared to 2010. The most notable decline was visitors from the US (down 8.9%) and Germany (down 26%). Should we panic?
Kevin Pillai, president of King Charter says “We have not noticed the decline. The number of tourists traveling to Toronto and Niagara Falls has been relatively steady”. In fact King Charter, a bus charter company servicing the Toronto and Niagara Falls area, expects a double digit increase in tourist this summer once the weather improves. There is reason for this optimism. After all, last year Canada hosted the Olympics which saw many people visit BC. Comparing February 2011 to February 2010 is not fair.