Tourism Quick Facts 2018

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World Tourism

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Tourism Receipts (US $B) 5,703
As a percent of world GDP 6.7%
Tourism GDP (US $B)   8,811
As a percent of world GDP  10.4%
Tourism Employment (000s of jobs) 318,811
As a percent of world employment 10.0%
Tourism Foreign Earnings (US $B) 1,643
As a percent of world exports 6.5%
Consumer Spending on Tourism  (US $B) 4,028
As a percent of total personal spending 8.4%

Ontario's Tourism

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Tourism Receipts (CDN $B) 36.7
As a percent of provincial GDP  4.3%
Tourism GDP (CDN $B) 35.5
As a percent of provincial GDP  4.1%
Tourism Employment (000s of jobs) 393
As a percent of provincial employment  5.3%
Tourism Labour Income (CDN $B) 21.5
As a percent of provincial labour income  4.5%
Provincial Tourism Tax Revenues^ (CDN $B) 5.6
As a percent of provincial revenues  3.8%
Municipal Tourism Tax Revenues^ (CDN $B) 1.4
Federal Tourism Tax Revenues^ (CDN $B) 5.9
Tourism Foreign Earnings (CDN $B) 10.3
As a percent of Ont’s total international exports 2.4%
Ontario Consumer Spending on Tourism (CDN $B) 36.2
As a percent of total personal spending  7.1%

Sources of Ontario's tourism receipts:

Ontario U.S. Overseas Canadian Provinces
63.0% 13.7% 14.5% 8.9%

Ontario's share of spending of:

Americans in Canada Americans outside the US Overseas in Canada World's international Travellers Canadians in Canada Ontarians' Anywhere in the world
37.2% 3.3% 32.8% 0.6% 32.7% 42.4%

World's Top International Tourism

Table: Top Destinations

  International Overnight
Arrivals (millions)
1. France 89.3
2. Spain 82.7
3. US 79.7
17. Canada 21.1
41. Ontario 9.6

Table: Top Earners

  International Receipts*
(US $B)
1. US 143.9
2. China 122.3
3. Spain 79.7
23. Canada 16.0
46. Ontario 6.1

Table: Top Spenders

  International Expenditure
(US $B)
1. China 235.2
2. US 112.5
3. Germany 92.1
8. Canada 31.8
24. Ontario 15.5


*excludes international transport fares; ^these tax revenues resulting from the total impact of tourism receipts in Ontario.
Sources: World Travel & Tourism Council; Tourism Economics; Statistics Canada’s National Travel Survey and Visitor Travel Survey; Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries