Tourists flock to Canada

Ever wonder why you seem to notice Australians on every corner, Brazilians sipping lattes at the cafe, and  French buying up baguettes at the local bakery?  September particularly had a huge influx of international tourists, and I  find it fascinating to see the numbers:

There were 202,200 international arrivals in 2010, with Australia as Canada’s fifth-largest inbound market, with 30,504 Australians arriving in September this year alone.  I wouldn’t want to be at the airport when that flight arrives. Many fellow travellers I have spoken to about their next big trip seem to be  heading to Australia – are we all just trading places temporarily?

French travellers obviously love Canada and are encouraged to see our country,  with a whopping 59,505 visitors from France this past fall.  France is Canada’s second largest overseas inbound travel market.  J’adore  France so house exchange anyone?

87, 661 Brits loved us in September, 2011,  and we love them too, sipping their ale, buying their crisps in British shops, and wishing we  had their  posh accents.  With in-laws living in England, I get to visit often, filling my suitcases with goodies from Marks and Spencer’s. What do the Brits stock up on when they visit us,  I wonder?

I just returned from a terrific few days in Mexico, so was surprised to see how that 11,861 Mexicans came in time to see the changing of the leaves.  Or was it our beaches?

No matter where the visitors are from, they are boosting our  economy, and helping us to see our country in a different way.  If it’s obvious that someone is trying to find their way,  with a map or guidebook in hand, take the time to help them.  Tourists rely on the kindness of strangers and  Canadians are known worldwide as being polite, well spoken and helpful, so keep it up!

further information:  Canadian Tourism Commission

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About The blog of travel & lifestyle journalist Melody Wren

Melody is a freelance writer because she believes that work and fun should not be mutually exclusive. She writes about travel, food, lifestyle and green living. Melody loves staying in a place long enough to get acquainted. Local customs, markets and traditional cultures are magnets for this writer. When not writing she’s either on the road, in the air, or savoring something tasty. Most of her travels feature outdoor adventures of some sort, although she typically avoids sleeping on the ground. She is an ordinary person that enjoys challenging and pushing herself, facing fears with an eye on experiential travel. She needs to do it, feel it and see it so she can write about it. Her hope is that her stories encourage readers to get out there and do the same.
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