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Canadians are planning summer travel & spending more, says Deloitte

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  •   05-23-2024  5:28 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Canadians are planning summer travel & spending more, says Deloitte
77% of Canadians will spend more on summer travel compared to last year, says Deloitte Canada's '2024 summer travel outlook. (Deloitte Canada)
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Sky-high costs and ongoing economic pressures are not dampening the travel mood this summer, according to Deloitte Canada's '2024 Summer Travel Outlook.

Released Wednesday (May 22), the study says Canadians are eagerly making travel plans and are ready to get away and make up for missed travel time.

Overall, consumers plan to spend an average of $2,405 on transportation and lodging costs for their major summer trip, with three in four (74%) planning to stay in the country and experience the very best it has to offer, the study says.

"The evolving landscape of summer and leisure travel presents significant growth opportunities to the travel and hospitality industry stakeholders as they prepare for the increasing demand in Canadian tourism, keeping in mind that travellers will still be price-sensitive," stated Leslie Peterson, national transportation, hospitality, and services industry leader at Deloitte Canada, in a press release.

"Despite an unpredictable economic climate, Canadians still value their travel plans for the upcoming summer season and are more eager than ever to make the most of their time off. From lakeside getaways to big city escapes, Canadians plan to vacation within our own beautiful country."

Canadians are ready to travel

The report explores the travel trends of Canadians as they prepare for the summer travel season, and their impact on the tourism sector in Canada.

Some of the key findings include:

  • Travellers from Central Canada (Ontario and Quebec) will spend more than those from the rest of the country ($2,459 on average).
  • Around three in four Canadians (74%) plan to stay in the country for their big summer vacation—and most plan to stay within their home region rather than make long treks.
  • The “shop small and local” trend continues to shape tourism across Canada: Canadians want to support local, independent, and family-owned businesses (79%) rather than chains, multinationals, big box retailers, and large corporations (21%).
  • Prince Edward Island is expected to see the largest share of visitors from outside its region, with 78 per cent of its visitors coming from Central or Western/Northern Canada.
  • Canadians crave Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) travel experiences, such as cultural workshops and traditional lodgings.

The report shows Indigenous-owned-and-operated tourism is gaining traction, driving opportunities for Indigenous tourism businesses and communities.

Fifty-seven per cent of Canadians are likely to take part in those experiences in the future, Gen Zs (75%) and Millennials (68%) being the most eager to participate. Indigenous tourism organizations would benefit from partnering with national and provincial governments to raise further awareness and offer new experiences to travellers.

While Gen Xs plan to spend the most on travel this year ($2,671), Gen Zs intend to spend the least ($2,100).

The report also shows Gen Zs and Millennials are the biggest fans of sustainable and regenerative tourism, saying it's important that their travel destinations and experiences demonstrate environmental sustainability in some form, such as low carbon footprints, renewable energy sources, and EV charging stations.

They are the most willing to participate in such travel experiences, and the most willing to pay for them.

"The demand for sustainable and regenerative travel is gaining momentum, but not all Canadians are willing to pay the price to help leave a place better than they found it," added Peterson. "Tourism businesses that can overcome greenwashing-related skepticism and explain the lasting value of sustainable travel by backing up claims with facts will foster trust in eco-friendly tourism offerings and position themselves at the leading edge of this burgeoning trend."

This outlook is based on an online survey, conducted between March 28 and April 3, 2024, of 1,064 Canadians aged 18 and above. 

You can learn more about Deloitte Canada's  2024 Canadian Summer Travel Outlook here.


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