Tourism won’t fully rebound until 2023: trade group

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People line up to check in at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Thursday, May 12, 2022. The World Travel and Tourism Council says the sector will reach pre-pandemic levels of activity in Canada this year and match to 2019 numbers next year as bottled demand runs wild around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

The World Travel and Tourism Council says the sector will reach pre-pandemic activity levels in Canada this year, but won’t match 2019 figures until next year as bottled demand is uncorked across the world.

The international trade group predicts that economic output from travel and tourism in Canada will reach $138 billion in 2022, or 88% of pre-pandemic figures.

This number is estimated to reach $157 billion in 2023, almost on par with the $158.1 billion in 2019.

Council chief executive Julia Simpson said businesses can finally breathe a sigh of relief as the sector recovers from two years of border restrictions and plummeting demand.

Canada’s tourism industry lost 300,000 of its 1.7 million jobs in 2020 before recovering more than a third of them last year.

But the trade organization says employment levels are only expected to increase by 3% this year to 1.5 million jobs in total.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on Month Date, 2022.

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