Canada marks new record in Chinese visitors during Mar-2018 

3 July, 2018

Canada logged solid growth in overnight arrivals during 1Q2018, with China emerging as Destination Canada's largest long haul market for the first time in any quarter.

The tourism body's data show that 3.1 million international visitors during the first three months of the year, 9.3% increase versus the year prior. Arrivals from the US reached their highest level since 2005, growing 8.9%. Destination Canada's long haul markets marked a 10.8% rise in overnight arrivals in 1Q.

Timing of the Easter holiday, which was the last weekend in Mar-2018, overnight arrivals grew 15% for the month, driven by a 15% gain in US arrivals and a 14% jump in visitors from Destination Canada's long haul markets.

For the month of Mar-2018, overnight arrivals from China to Canada grew to a record-setting 34.2%, which drove 15.2% growth from the Asia Pacific region for the month.

New peak arrivals from China, combined with record growth levels from India (30%), South Korea (22.9%) and Australia (9.4%) , "combined to mask a double digit contraction from Japan", Destination Canada concluded. Arrivals from Japan plummeted 16.6% year-on-year.

The organisation noted air capacity between Canada and Japan was down slightly in 1Q2018, and data from CAPA - Centre for Aviation and OAG show the largest operators between Canada and Japan based on seats, Air Canada and ANA, have each decreased their seats as of late Jun-2018. Air Canada holds a 77% seat share and ANA's share is 13%. Japan Air Lines' seats have remained steady year-on-year, but due to decreases by Air Canada and ANA, its seat share has grown from 8.9% to 9.6%.