TORONTO – A significant boost from U.S. and overseas visitors has helped set a new tourism record for the City of Toronto in 2014.
A report released by Tourism Toronto indicates the city welcomed 14.3 million tourists last year, an increase of approximately 600,000 visitors from the year before.
In 2014, 2.3 million Americans had an overnight stay, a 3.7 per cent increase from 2013.
Meanwhile, China became the top overseas market for the first time with 230,485 visitors, an increase of 27 per cent from the year prior.
“The world is continuing to take notice of Toronto’s emergence as an exciting leisure travel and meetings hot spot,” said David Whitaker, President and CEO of Tourism Toronto, in a media release.
The report also says Toronto is the most-visited destination in Canada with 10.5 million Canadians making overnight visits.
Tourism officials also say a record 9.45 million hotel room nights were sold — the highest of all major cities in Canada.
In total, tourists coming to Toronto spent $6.9 billion across a range of businesses, activities and accommodations.