February 25, 2014 7:28 pm
Updated: February 25, 2014 7:31 pm

International visitors lead Toronto to new tourism records in 2013


Watch the video above: Toronto’s tourism numbers hit record highs. Carey Marsden reports. 

TORONTO – The number of international visitors to Toronto hit a record high in 2013, according to Tourism Toronto.

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The industry association says the country’s largest city saw an estimated 13.69 million tourists last year, with 1.42 million of arriving from outside of Canada and the United States.

Tourism Toronto says visitors spent an estimated $6.54 billion in accommodations, restaurants, taxis, retail and entertainment in 2013.

Visitors from overseas countries spent an average 4.5 nights per trip, and spent an estimated $1 billion in the city last year.

The majority of the overseas tourists came from the U.K., while tourists from China accounted for the most growth year-over-year.

Meanwhile, the number of American visitors topped over two million – the third straight year in a row that figure has grown.

© 2014 The Canadian Press

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