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Top 20 tourist destinations and source markets

While France, the United States and Spain still lead the rankings in terms of international tourist arrivals, new destinations are close behind. Following explosive growth in its travel industry, China now accounts for more international travellers than any other countr[...]

Overview of Canadian Outbound Travel

Canadians made 32.3 million overnight trips outside the country in 2015, of which 82% were for leisure. This is more than two times as many international leisure trips per capita than in the United States!

The vogue of low-cost travel

Pushed by rising demand from travellers, the low-cost market is undergoing major changes and its business model is being adopted by well-established tourism businesses as well as by new entries to the industry.

The growing solo travel market

Solo travellers come in all different types and the Quebec tourism industry must adapt to attract this booming clientele. Although solo tourists obviously travel alone, they often travel in groups, as contradictory as this may seem. In fact, many travel specialists (tou[...]

A look at the cruise destinations competing with the St. Lawrence

The St. Lawrence River is still a relatively new destination on the North American cruise market. Recent federal and provincial spending on ports of call has helped up[...]

Global Tourism: Black Clouds with Silver Linings

Stormy Skies on the Horizon The global economy has fallen off a cliff and no one is sure when it will hit bottom. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the world’s advanced economies experienced an unprecedented 7.5% decline in real Gross Domestic Product [...]

Restaurant industry in change: be proactive!

New regulations are being introduced in the restaurant industry. Now that consumers want to eat better and know more about the origins and composition of their food, some lawmakers are taking action. Not to be outdone, Canada will likely follow suit and pass its own new[...]

What’s to be done with your VIC?

The existence of the internet and the increased number of information tools available at destinations mean fewer queries are being addressed to VICs (visitor information centres) and tourist information desks. Many such information offices are becoming all‑purpose touri[...]