February 8, 2016 9:04 am

Americans flocking to Toronto in record numbers: Toronto Tourism

Fireworks shoot from the CN Tower during the opening ceremony for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, July 10, 2015.

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Americans love visiting Toronto and statistics released by Toronto Tourism on Monday shows they are coming in record numbers.

Overnight visitors from the U.S. increased for the fifth consecutive year to 2.48 million in 2015 and injected $1.32 billion into the local economy.

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“On average there are 6,800 American travellers and a further 4,800 visitors from other countries in Toronto every single day, and that speaks to the growing appeal of Toronto on a global scale,” said Johanne Bélanger, President and CEO of Tourism Toronto in a media release.

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Tourism officials say the growth of American visitors increased 10 per cent in 2015 with 65 per cent traveling to Toronto by air.

Aside from the U.S., China remained the top international market for tourism with 260,400 travellers visiting Toronto in 2015, an increase of 13 per cent over the prior year.

Toronto also surpassed 4 million international visitors for the first time in 2015 with hotels in the Toronto region selling a record 9,647,500 room nights, an increase of 2.6 per cent.

Overall, Toronto welcomed 40.4 million visitors in 2015 who spent a whopping $7.2 billion during their trips.

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