News for The Americas

CTC reports 12% increase in international pax during Sep-2014

26 November, 2014

Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) released (26-Nov-2014) a tourism snapshot for Sep-2014, which found a 4% year-on-year rise in tourism with 1.7 million international travellers. CTC’s overseas markets increased by 12% year-over-year in Sep-2014. The China and Japan markets reported 24% and 23% rises respectively in terms of visitors to Canada in Sep-2014, while Germany's market increased by 11%, the UK by 9%, and France by 3%. CTC stated the new CAN+ visa programme in India is "already producing dividends", including a 19% boost in travellers to Canada in Sep-2014. The US market achieved an overall 1% increase in Sep-2014. [more - original PR]

CTC appoints new president and CEO

16 October, 2014

Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) appointed (16-Oct-2014) David Goldstein to the role of president and CEO, effective 01-Dec-2014. Mr Goldstein currently serves as CEO and president of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC).  [more - original PR]

CTC: Over 2.1 million international pax travel to Canada in Jun-2014

31 August, 2014

Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) stated (28-Aug-2014) over 2.1 million international passengers travelled to Canada in Jun-2014, a 2% year-on-year increase. CTC noted a 10% year-over-year increase from its overseas markets in Jun-2014, which helped deliver an overall increase in international travellers. CTC stated the China market experienced a 27% surge in visitors to Canada, while the Australia "maintained its impressive 2014 growth" with a 9% rise in travellers to Canada in Jun-2014. [more - original PR]

CTC reports 12% increase of international pax in Apr-2014

1 July, 2014

Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) reported (30-Jun-2014) over one million international passengers travelled to Canada over the Easter holiday period in Apr-2014, an 12% increase over 2013. CTC noted the US market increased by 8% in Apr-2014, while the Mexico market dipped by 1% year-over-year. Brazil's travellers increased by 10% in Apr-2014, while Germany's market was up 31% compared to increases of 23% from the UK and 1% from France. China's passengers strongly increased year-over-year by 21% in Apr-2014, alongside increases of 21% from South Korea and 19% from India in Apr-2014. Japan's market rose by 18% year-over-year in Apr-2014 due to increased capacity from Tokyo Haneda and Narita airports. [more - original PR]

CTC: Canada's tourism export revenue increases by 2.5% in 2013

6 May, 2014

Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) released (05-May-2014) its 2013 annual report, noting leisure travel accounted for almost one-fifth of Canada’s international trade in services, while overall tourism export revenue grew by 2.5% to reach CAD16.4 billion (USD15.05 million). Canada's economy received CAD545 million (USD500.28 million) in tourism revenue, CAD72 million (USD66.09 million) toward federal tax revenue, while 4416 jobs were created or protected in Canadian tourism businesses. Some 2.56 million visitors visited Canada from CTC’s 10 leisure markets in 2013, an increase of 2.9%. In 2013, CTC stated Canada welcomed 16.6 million international overnight visitors from the US and all other markets, up 2% over 2012, largely driven by increased visitation from Asia. Growth from the ten leisure markets where the CTC actively invests also grew, seeing a 2.9% rise, and totalling 73,000 visitors. CTC noted this increase is attributable to significant growth from emerging markets, including China, Mexico and South Korea, while more modest increases were seen from the core markets of France and Australia, with a slight decline from the UK. CTC reported the key drivers for growth include lower oil prices and increased air capacity, with over 150,000 seats added to the existing capacity in 2013. CTC reported the status of the following markets:

  • UK: 589,000 travellers spent CAD788 million (USD723.33 million) in 2013, an increase of 0.4% in revenue over 2012;
  • France: 426,500 travellers spent CAD537 million (USD492.93 million) in 2013, an increase of 1.4% in revenue over 2012;
  • Germany: 276,200 travellers spent CAD421 million (USD386.45 million) in 2013, an increase of 1.0% in revenue over 2012;
  • Australia: 224,600 travellers spent CAD398 million (USD365.34 million)  in 2013, an increase of 1.2% in revenue over 2012;
  • China: 334,100 travellers spent CAD603 million (USD553.52 million) in 2013, an increase of 24.2% in revenue over 2012;
  • India: 162,700 travellers spent CAD171 million (USD156.97 million) in 2013, a decrease of 0.8% in revenue over 2012;
  • Brazil: 78,600 travellers spent CAD160 million (USD146.87 million) in 2013, an increase of 5.2% in revenue over 2012;
  • Japan: 188,900 travellers spent CAD302 million (USD277.22 million) in 2013, a decrease of 3.1% in revenue over 2012;
  • Mexico: 139,700 travellers spent CAD216 million (USD198.27 million) in 2013, an increase of 10.8% in revenue over 2012;
  • South Korea: 142,000 travellers spent CAD247 (USD226.73 million) million in 2013, an increase of 5.8% in revenue over 2012. [more - original PR]

CTC: total 2013 Canadian outbound travel increases by 2%

5 March, 2014

Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) reported (05-Mar-2014) strong performances from the China, Mexico and India markets helped finish 2013 "on a high note". CTC’s latest global tourism watch report stated Chinese passengers travelling to Canada increased by 24% in Dec-2013, Indian passengers increased by 9%, arrivals from South Korea fell 7%, while Japan's market increased by 2%. The US market declined by 4% while the Mexican market increased by 13% in Dec-2013. Germany's market grew by 7%, passengers from France increased by 6%, although the UK market decreased by 2% in Dec-2013. Total Canadian outbound travel for 2013 increased 2% year-over-year. [more - original PR]

Oman Air reports increased training and recruitment of Omani nationals for flight crew roles

20 January, 2014

Oman Air reported (20-Jan-2014) significant increases in its recruitment of Omani citizens as flight crew and the number of Omanis training for flight-deck roles. The airline said in the last 12 months 38 trainees commenced courses for ATR, E175 and Boeing 737 aircraft with ATC Toulouse, CTC, Ecole National Aviation Civil, Jeppesen and Flight Safety International. [more - original PR]

Canadian Tourism Commission appoints interim CMO and VP, International

2 January, 2014

Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) announced the appointment of Jon Mamela as chief marketing officer and Rupert Peters as interim vice-president, International (CTC News, 02-Jan-2014). Mr Mamela, formerly CTC’s vice-president for International, will report to interim president and CEO Greg Klassen. Rupert Peters, currently CTC’s regional managing director for core markets, will take on the role of interim vice-president, International, and will be responsible for both core and emerging markets. CTC plans to launch a competition for a new vice-president in strategy and corporate communications later in 2014, following the departure of Paul Nursey in mid Jan-2014.

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