The Sport Information Resource Centre
Use double quotes to find documents that include the exact phrase: "aerodynamic AND testing"
The Sport Information Resource Centre

Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance – September  19, 2018 (Ottawa, Ont.) Figures released by the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance demonstrate that the sport tourism industry continued to have a significant impact on the Canadian economy in 2017. According to custom data tabulations from the Travel Survey of Residents of Canada (TSRC) and the International Travel Survey (ITS), Canada saw a continued rise in the value of sport tourism, with a total expenditure of $6.8 billion, an increase of more than $33 million over 2016.

The most significant increases occurred in the spending of visitors from the USA and worldwide:

  • International sport tourism from both markets continued their steady increase with 2017 up 5% over the previous year;
  • The volume of sport tourism visitors from the U.S. rose 3%;
  • The volume of sport tourism visitors from overseas rose 2%;
  • International visitors accounted for 35% of the total value of sport tourism in Canada, up from 27% in 2014.

“Canada continues to be a very attractive host country for many international events, which draws people coming to compete, support and spectate at those events,” said Rick Traer, CEO, Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance. “We have a stellar reputation for our expertise in hosting both summer and winter sports, with excellent facilities, organizational abilities, welcoming volunteers, and strong hosting program financial support at the federal and provincial levels.”

There has also been a concerted effort to market Canada as a preferred host for international sport events, explained Traer. “Working with Destination Canada, the Canadian Olympic Committee, CBC Sports and a number of destinations across Canada, we have successfully marketed Canada on the world stage, at major international conferences including SportAccord and others. In 2017, Canada hosted 41 international events that qualified for funding under the federal government’s hosting program, second only to the USA in terms of the number held in any one country. That was a major factor in the growth of the sport tourism industry.”

Traer was also pleased to see the industry continue to thrive without a major multi-sport event held in 2017. “We saw visitation increase significantly in 2015, when Canada hosted both the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in six different cities and the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in Toronto. Seeing the steady increase in the past two years, without a major sport event as a draw, demonstrates just how effective our destinations and sport rights holders have been in bidding for and hosting events.”

Domestically in the sport tourism market, the number of overnight visitors from within Canada was virtually unchanged as compared to 2016 whereas the number of sameday travellers registered a 9% decline. While there was a 4% increase in the overall value of the sport tourism market for domestic overnight travellers, there was a surprising 21% decrease in the value of sameday travellers. However, as the overnight market is significantly larger than the sameday market, the overall value of domestic sport tourism decreased slightly by 2% overall.

 

Value of Sport Tourism ($M)

 

Source

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

% Change from 2016

U.S.

$506.9

$513.1

$615.1

$709.5

$723.3

2%

Overseas

$920.5

$1,053.3

$1,178.6

$1,517.3

$1,611.0

6%

International

$1,427.4

$1,566.4

$1,793.7

$2,226.8

$2,334.3

5%

Canada – Sameday

$1,030.3

$953.5

$1,087.2

$950.0

$750.1

-21%

Canada – Overnight

$3,364.0

$3,270.8

$3,636.9

$3,544.2

$3,669.6

4%

Canada – Total

$4,394.4

$4,224.2

$4,724.1

$4,494.2

$4,419.7

-2%

Total

$5,821.8

$5,790.6

$6,517.8

$6,721.0

$6,754.0

0.5%

               

 

 

Volume of Sport Tourism Visitors (000s)

Source

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

% Change from 2016

U.S.

791

768

883

941

973

3%

Overseas

589

658

718

806

826

2%

International

1,380

1,426

1,601

1,747

1,799

3%

Canada – Sameday

10,160

9,273

10,736

9,674

8,788

-9%

Canada – Overnight

8,929

8,661

9,682

9,209

9,204

0%

Canada – Total

19,089

17,934

20,418

18,883

17,992

-5%

Total

20,469

19,360

22,019

20,630

19,791

-4%

 

Looking at the total volume of sport tourism visits by provinces, Ontario realized the highest visitation   share (37%) followed by Quebec (25%), British Columbia (12%), Alberta (11%) with all other Provinces and Territories accounting for 16% of the visitations from these markets. The data illustrates considerable variation in the percentage of revenues coming from international visitors, ranging from a low of 2% for Saskatchewan and a high of 51% for British Columbia.

(Information on provincial and regional breakdown by visits are outlined on the CSTA website.)

Source: Travel Survey of Residents of Canada (TSRC) and the International Travel Survey (ITS)

– 30 –

About the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance

The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance is a non-governmental, member-based, capacity building organization that promotes sport tourism as a grassroots economic development initiative at the community level. The CSTA services over 500 members across Canada, including 150 municipalities, 300 national and provincial sport, multi-sport and major games organizations and a variety of other sport and tourism industry partners. Sport tourism is the fastest growing segment of the tourism industry in Canada with over $6.8 billion in annual spending by domestic and international visitors.

  • Rick Traer, CEO

Tel: 613-688-5843

rtraer@canadiansporttourism.com