A slower than expected recovery from the Covid pandemic has disappointed Canadian tourism officials.
Hopes for Canadian travel boom soured
Rising prices, border restrictions and airport chaos are threatening hopes for a post-pandemic summer travel boom in Canada, stalling a tourism recovery and taking the sheen off the country as a destination, analysts and industry executives say.
Tourism spending in Canada remains 34 per cent below 2019 levels despite strong gains over the last year, official data shows.
With most Covid-19 restrictions lifted, the Canadian travel industry had hoped 2022 would be the year when domestic tourism at least returned to normal volumes.
But petrol prices have soared, souring the outlook for road trips. Flying faces its own challenges: Canada’s airports are dealing with stranded tourists, cancelled flights and lost baggage. Others are stuck at home due to long passport processing times.