More Aussies are travelling to Canada
There has been a shift in perception of Canada, with Australian travellers now exploring beyond Canada's western provinces.
More than 2.6 million Australians are expected to visit Canada over the next two years.
That’s an increase of 5% since last year, with visitation from Australia ranked sixth among Canada’s international markets.
The question is – why?
The results, released from Destination Canada’s 2017 Global Tourism Watch (GTW), showed that Australians are becoming savvier about lesser-known cities and experiences.
Destination Canada GSA Managing Director Donna Campbell said there had been a shift in perception of Canada, with Australian travellers now exploring beyond Canada's western provinces.
“Travellers are seeking authentic experiences steeped in culture, wildlife and outdoor adventure right across the country, in all seasons,” Ms Campbell said.
“This tells us that Australian travellers want to immerse themselves in a destination, relish locally produced gastronomy and participate in genuine 'live-like-a-local' experiences.
“The chance to sample local cuisine and wine is now the most sought-after holiday experience for Australian visitors to Canada, with natural attractions ranking second, followed by wildlife viewing, national parks, historical sights, and the northern lights.”
Canada attracted 375,000 visitors from Australia in 2017, an increase from 333,000 in 2016 (12.6%).
Where Australians want to go
- British Columbia 73%
- Ontario 63%
- Toronto 53%
- Niagara Falls 51%
- Alberta 48%
- Quebec 43%
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