Issue 18-36: Visitor Entries

February 20, 2018

In December, B.C. welcomed over 682 thousand non-resident travellers (seasonally adjusted), of which almost three quarters were from the United States. Non-resident traveller entries to Canada through British Columbia remained virtually unchanged compared to the previous month.

The number of Canadians returning home via B.C. from the U.S. and overseas went down by 1.2% in December compared to November.

Nationally, Canadians made 3.6 million trips to the United States in December, a decrease of 0.1% compared to the previous month. Canadian travel to international destinations outside the United States also fell slightly (‑0.2%) in the month.

Travel to Canada was down 3.0% in December, with the number of both visitors from the United States (‑1.9%) and from the rest of the world (‑6.9%) posting declines in the month.

Annual Visitor Entries 2017

The number of non-resident travellers to B.C. went up 3.6% in 2017, with the number of travellers from the United States increasing by 2.8% and the number of travellers from other countries increasing by 5.7%. The largest traveller increases in 2017 were in the Oceania and other Ocean Islands (+17.3%) and North America, Central America and the Caribbean (+9.0%) regions.

British Columbia also saw an increase in the number of Canadian travellers returning from abroad in 2017 (+3.9%).

The number of travellers arriving to Canada in 2017 went up 2.8% compared to the previous year, with both travellers from the United States (+1.8%) and the rest of the world (+6.6%) reporting increases in the year.

Data Source: Statistics Canada