Culture spending hit $1.7 billion in 2016, 1.9% of all tourism spending. Sports spending hit $915.6 million

Mario ToneguzziTourism spending on culture products in Canada increased by $49.7 million from 2015 to $1.7 billion in 2016, according to Statistics Canada.

“Culture products represented 1.9 per cent of total tourism spending in Canada. Of their expenditures on culture products, tourists spent the most on performing arts, which includes attending concerts and plays, followed by film and video, crafts and books,” said the federal agency on Friday.

“Spending by tourists on sport products in Canada totalled $915.6 million in 2016, up 2.7 per cent from 2015. This spending was almost equally split between organized sport, and governance, funding and professional support. Organized sport includes admissions to National Hockey League (NHL) games and other live professional sporting events. Fees for the use of public recreational facilities, like swimming pools, are included within governance, funding and professional support. As a proportion of total tourism spending, sport products represented 1.0 per cent in 2016.”

Respected business writer Mario Toneguzzi is a veteran Calgary-based journalist who worked for 35 years for the Calgary Herald in various capacities, including 12 years as a senior business writer.


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