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Toronto leads Canada in hotel occupancy: report

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  •   02-24-2015  8:31 am
Toronto leads Canada in hotel occupancy: report

Tourism Toronto said growth in travel from the U.S. and China contributed to a record 14.3 million overnight visitors to the city in 2014, leading Canada in hotel occupancy.

In 2014, 2.3 million Americans arrived in the destination for an overnight stay, a 3.7 per cent increase over 2013. In addition, the U.S. visitor profile continues to shift toward travellers from key American cities that are likely to fly to Toronto, stay longer and spend more. Americans who flew to Toronto accounted for 64 per cent of total U.S. visitors in 2014.

For the first time, China became the top overseas market (all countries other than Canada and the U.S.), with 230,485 visitors representing a 27 per cent increase over 2013. China surpassed the U.K. which had 217,232 visitors (up eight per cent in 2014). Other top markets include India (94,742, +22 per cent), Japan (87,468, +28 per cent) and Germany (85,080, +12 per cent).

The record number of hotel room nights sold in the Toronto region in 2014 was 9.45 million, and translated to 71.4 per cent hotel occupancy in 2014. Both of these figures were the highest of all major cities in Canada.

Total visitor spending, including same-day trips, was $6.9 billion in the Toronto region across a range of businesses and activities including accommodations, attractions, restaurants, meeting venues, taxis, retail and entertainment.

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