Tourism

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Niagara Falls. Niagara-on-the-Lake. The Shaw Festival. The Niagara Wine Route. Canada’s largest casino. Niagara’s tourist attractions, festivals and special events attract more than 13 million tourists from around the globe each year and they arrive ready to spend. Tourism spending in the region is over $2 billion annually and has a significant impact on the local economy. It is estimated that every $100 million increase in direct revenue in tourism produces an indirect output of $69 million.

For a full view of tourism’s impact on Niagara, read the 2019 Niagara Tourism Profile

Overview

Tourism in Canada is big business and that’s certainly the case in Niagara.

While the majority of the over 13 million tourists that arrive in Niagara each year are domestic travellers, over 3 million come from the United States and approximately 1 million are from overseas.

A closer look at the trip motivators that drive visitors to come to Niagara and spend their share of $2.4 billion demonstrates the many reasons for their arrival:

  • Pleasure: 7,71,000
  • Visiting friends and relatives: 3,500,000
  • Shopping: 316,000
  • Business: 475,000
  • Personal: 870,000

Once they’ve arrived, tourists can choose to spend their time and money at 2,800 tourism-oriented establishments, including:

  • 1,231 full-service restaurants
  • 178 hotels and motels
  • 153 bed and breakfasts
  • 109 performing arts establishments
  • 97 wineries
  • 43 golf courses

With numbers like these, it’s not surprising that tourism is a major source of employment in the region. Over 4,660 new tourism-related jobs were created from 2011 to 2018, and a total of 40,000 people were working in Niagara’s tourism industries, including accommodation, food services, arts, culture, recreation, and entertainment as of October 2018.

The size and significance of the tourism sector in Niagara means that businesses that choose to operate here can leverage a wide range of supports that have been developed by stakeholders over decades.  City and sub-regional tourism associations and the Tourism Partnership of Niagara regularly offer opportunities for business stakeholders to get involved in marketing campaigns and special events to help spread the word about Niagara and their business.

Tourism Partnership of Niagara

Tourism Partnership of Niagara (TPN) is a non-profit, industry-led organization funded by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS). Its sub-regional partners of Niagara Falls Tourism, Tourism Niagara-on-the-Lake, City of St. Catharines Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Twenty Valley Tourism Association and Niagara’s South Coast Tourism Association share a vision to make Niagara the number one international tourism destination in North America.

  • Thousands of visitors come to experience Niagara’s many annual festivals and events, including:
    • Winter Festival of Lights, Canada’s largest light festival
    • Niagara Grape and Wine Festival, Canada’s largest and oldest wine festival
    • Niagara Folk Art Festival, Canada’s oldest heritage festival
    • Niagara Falls Comic Com, a must for comic and cosplay fans
    • Canal Days, Marine Heritage Festival
    • Peach Festival – Tribute to Niagara’s second-most-famous fruit
  • A Winning Strategy for Sports Tourism: Canada 2021 Summer Games will bring 5,000 athletes and an expected economic impact of $200 million to Niagara
  • Summer GO Train services brings 25,000 visitors from Toronto, with year-round daily service starting in 2021

Recent Investments

  • The Outlet Collection at Niagara: $178M
  • First Ontario Performing Arts Centre: $62M
  • Meridian Centre: $50M

“Niagara is home to Canada’s most well know wonder of the world, Niagara Falls. Niagara Canada features the widest selection of hotels, state of the art conference centres, endless attractions and activities, concerts, theatre, culinary experiences, tours, wine and craft beer. There are opportunities for tourism investment throughout every part of the Niagara region, in all four seasons – There is something for everyone.”  ~ 2018

Incentives

Learn more about the diverse range of funding and support programs available to tourism companies in Niagara.

13 million +

tourists per year

$2.4

billion in total expenditures

2,800

tourism businesses

40,000

people employed

Home of the 2021 Canada Summer Games

Four season destination

Notable Tourism Employers

13+ million visitors annually

2.4 billion in annual spending

40,000 tourism jobs

2,800+ tourism businesses in Niagara

1,231 restaurants

178 hotels & motels

153 b&b's

109 performing arts establishments

97 wineries

43 golf courses

7 amusement parks

Canada's largest open air outlet mall

Canada's largest wine festival

Canada's largest light festival

Canada's largest Casino

10% accommodation & food service employment growth

10% arts, entertainment & recreation employment growth

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Tim Reynolds

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