"Canada experienced its best year yet for tourism in 2019 with the number of arrivals breaking the 22 million mark - and Ottawa's expected to benefit.
Last year was the third year in a row Canada has broken records in its own tourism industry, Canada's national marketing organization Destination Canada says, which saw an estimated $104.9 billion generated in tourism expenditures (a 2.3 percent increase from 2018).
These numbers are up from 2018, which welcomed 21.13 million travelers to Canada and contributed $102.5 billion to the economy.
"The record number of arrivals shows once more that tourism is a strong and sustainable sector that benefits business and communities, large and small, across Canada," Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages Mélanie Joly said in a statement. "By working together, we are inspiring travelers to visit more parts of the country in all four seasons, to experience Canada's diversity and inclusivity, to taste its culinary delicacies and to discover its Indigenous peoples."
Click here to read the full article by Dani-Elle Dube for the Ottawa Matters Portal.