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Tourism spending still 34% below pre-pandemic levels

Tourism spending in Canada grew 1.3% in the first quarter of 2022, a fourth consecutive quarterly increase. Tourism gross domestic product (GDP) (+0.9%) and jobs attributable to tourism (+0.8%) also rose in the first quarter.

Tourism spending in Canada increased 50.7% over the last four quarters but was 34.2% below the pre-pandemic levels of the fourth quarter of 2019.

Growth in the first quarter of 2022 was driven by an increase in tourism spending by Canadians in Canada (+2.9%). Tourism spending by international visitors fell 6.9%, as overnight travel to Canada declined in the first quarter following a large increase in the fourth quarter of 2021.

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Canada Games unveils opening, closing ceremonies lineup

With the Canada Summer Games less than a month away, the Niagara 2022 Host Society has announced the artist lineup for the opening and closing ceremonies.

Tim Hicks and POESY will perform on Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. at Meridian Centre in St. Catharines. Two weeks later, The Tragically Hip guitarist Paul Langlois and POESY will perform at the closing ceremonies at Queen Victoria Park in Niagara Falls.

The opening ceremony will kick off the 15-day event that is expected to bring more than 5,000 competitors and coaches to Niagara. The Opening ceremony will begin with a “Parade of Teams” in which Games participants will march into Meridian Centre, one provincial or territorial team at a time. A flag bearer will lead each team’s delegation. The ceremony will also feature an artistic program that will showcase Niagara’s culture and history.

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