National tourism indicators, second quarter 2013
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Tourism spending in Canada increased 0.3% in the second quarter, after edging down in the first quarter. Spending by Canadians at home and by international visitors in Canada were both higher.
Tourism demand has slowed recently. From the third quarter of 2009 to the fourth quarter of 2011, tourism spending increased an average of 0.9% per quarter. Since then, it has grown 0.2% on a quarterly basis.
Increase in tourism spending by Canadians at home
Tourism spending by Canadians at home rose 0.3% in the second quarter, following a 0.2% decline in the previous quarter.
Spending on most tourism goods and services increased, including food and beverage services (+1.4%), vehicle fuel (+1.0%) and pre-trip expenditures (+1.6%). Spending on non-tourism goods and services, such as clothing and alcohol bought in stores, was also higher. However, air transportation and accommodation were both lower.
Spending by international visitors up again
Spending by international visitors in Canada rose 0.3% in the second quarter, the third consecutive quarterly gain. Increased plane travel from abroad contributed to the spending gains.
Outlays on most tourism goods and services increased, most notably air transportation (+1.5%). Spending on vehicle fuel (-2.2%) and non-tourism goods and services (-0.6%) were lower, as car travel from the United States was down.
Tourism gross domestic product expands
Tourism gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 0.5% in the second quarter, following a modest increase in the first quarter. Tourism GDP rose for all industries except transportation, which edged down 0.1%.
Tourism employment was up 0.5%, mostly on job gains in the food and beverage services industry (+1.8%). Accommodation was also higher, while air transportation and other tourism industries were lower. Tourism jobs in non-tourism industries increased 0.3%.
Tourism employment has been more robust than tourism spending, averaging gains of 0.5% over the last four quarters.
Note to readers
Growth rates of tourism spending and gross domestic product are expressed in real terms (that is, adjusted for price changes) as well as adjusted for seasonal variations, unless otherwise indicated. Employment data are also seasonally adjusted. Associated percentage changes are presented at quarterly rates unless otherwise noted.
With the second quarter release of the National Tourism Indicators, all data from the first quarter have been revised.
National Tourism Indicators are funded by the Canadian Tourism Commission.
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Data on the National tourism indicators for the third quarter will be released on January 9, 2014.
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