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Toronto breaks tourism record with 43 million visitors in 2017

Ainsley Smith Jan 24, 2018 8:28 am 291

2017 was a record-breaking tourism year for Toronto.

In the past year, Toronto welcomed 43.7 million visitors, and for the first time, had 15.5 million overnight visits downtown, in addition to 28.2 million same-day travellers.

These visits were a significant boost to the economy, as Toronto visitors spent $8.8 billion in 2017, which is the most economic activity ever generated by the region’s tourism industry.

In fact, this boost represents $700 million more in hotel rooms booked, attractions seen and restaurants experienced than in 2016, according to Tourism Toronto.

International visits also set a record in 2017, as Toronto welcomed 5 million out of country visitors for the first time. Nearly 3 million of these visits were from our neighbours south of the border, who spent close to $1.8 billion on overnight stays.

Overseas visitors also played an important factor in the growth of tourism in 2017, as overnight visits from China (319,000) and the U.K. (263,000), accounted for more than $2 billion for the first time.

Major events played a big role in attracting visitors to Toronto, with multi-sport events like the Invictus Games and the North American Indigenous Games. Another contributor was Toronto’s thriving tech and business industries.

Now that 2018 is in full swing, we can look forward to welcoming even more visitors to our incredible city.

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Ainsley Smith
Ainsley is a Staff Writer at Daily Hive. She's a former Vancouverite turned Torontonian who is passionate about avocado toast, aesthetics, and avocado toast aesthetics. Story idea? E-mail her at [email protected]

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