Tourism Quick Facts 2016

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World Tourism

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Tourism Receipts (US $B) 4,976
As a percent of world GDP 6.7%
Tourism GDP (US $B)   7,613
As a percent of world GDP  10.2%
Tourism Employment (000s of jobs) 292,220
As a percent of world employment 9.6%
Tourism Foreign Earnings (US $B) 1,401
As a percent of world exports 6.6%
Consumer Spending on Tourism  (US $B) 3,599
As a percent of total personal spending 8.3%

Ontario's Tourism

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Tourism Receipts (CDN $B) 34.1
As a percent of provincial GDP  4.3%
Tourism GDP (CDN $B) 32.7
As a percent of provincial GDP  4.1%
Tourism Employment (000s of jobs) 391
As a percent of provincial employment  5.5%
Tourism Labour Income (CDN $B) 19.9
As a percent of provincial labour income  4.6%
Provincial Tourism Tax Revenues^ (CDN $B) 5.1
As a percent of provincial revenues  3.6%
Municipal Tourism Tax Revenues^ (CDN $B) 1.3
Federal Tourism Tax Revenues^ (CDN $B) 5.5
Tourism Foreign Earnings (CDN $B) 10.6
As a percent of Ont’s total international exports 3.0%
Rank of tourism as an Ontario export 7
Ontario Consumer Spending on Tourism (CDN $B) 33.6
As a percent of total personal spending  7.1%

Sources of Ontario's tourism receipts:

Ontario U.S. Overseas Canadian Provinces
61.5% 13.5% 17.6% 7.4%

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
40.0% 2.9% 34.0% 0.7% 34.1% 42.5%

World's Top International Tourism

Table: Top Destinations

  International Overnight
Arrivals (millions)
1. France 82.6
2. US 75.6
3. Spain 75.4
16. Canada 20.0
36. Ontario 9.2

Table: Top Earners

  International Receipts*
(US $B)
1. US 166.5
2. China 117.4
3. Spain 59.2
23. Canada 12.9
44. Ontario 5.3

Table: Top Spenders

  International Expenditure
(US $B)
1. China 226.8
2. US 116.0
3. Germany 77.1
6. Canada 27.3
24. Ontario 13.4


*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 Travel Survey of the Residents of Canada and International Travel Survey; Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport