Hotels at the Heart of Canada’s Tourism Industry
Why is tourism booming in Canada? “Canada has it all,” said President of the Hotel Association of Canada Susie Grynol. “It’s a world onto itself—with cosmopolitan cities, barely explored natural wonder, and everything in between.”
“Travel and tourism is one of the world’s fastest growing business segments, and the lodging industry plays a critical role in this growth,” Grynol continued.
In 2015, Canada’s hotel and lodging industry generated CAD 18.4 billion in revenue. According to quarterly forecast reports from STR and Tourism Economics, Canada’s hotel industry reported positive growth during both the first and second quarters of 2017. It employs more than 300,000 people, and has more than 8,000 properties with nearly 448,000 rooms across the country.
Members of the Hotel Association of Canada include the whole spectrum—from small, independent hotels located in communities across Canada, to the large branded hotels and resorts, and everything in between.
Canada has something for everyone and every type of travel adventure,” Grynol said, “and this includes a variety of accommodation options to suit all budgets and desired experiences.”
“The hotel model offers an unparalleled guest experience,” continued Grynol. “Whether you stay in a luxury brand that is one step ahead of your every need, or an economy hotel that delivers quick, reliable service, hotels specialize in creating a trusted, predictable guest experience that exceeds expectations.”
As the accommodations landscape changes in Canada and new players emerge, hotels will continue to thrive. “Convenience and consistency are hard to beat, especially as hotels integrate new technologies like remote check-in and mobile room access, and rewards programs that drive personalized experiences, elite service, upgrades, and deep loyalty discounts,” said Grynol. “And there’s also the comfort of knowing what to expect.”