Hospitality Industry in Canada

Instructor: Elisha Madison

Elisha has Master's degree in Ancient Celtic History & Mythology, as well as a Bachelor's in Marketing. She has extensive experience creating & teaching curricula in college level education, history, English, business and marketing.

The hospitality industry is immense due to the variety of businesses it encompasses. This lesson discusses the hospitality industry in Canada including its strengths and weaknesses.

The Hospitality Industry

Did you know that a stretch limo, a football game, and a local bar are all considered under the heading of hospitality? Hospitality encompasses many types of businesses, most of them leisure services. The businesses are:

  • Food and beverage - Restaurants, bars, stores
  • Tourism - Parks, historical sites, tours
  • Hotels - Rental condos, bed and breakfasts
  • Entertainment - Sports, gambling, concerts, museums, etc.

There are also two unique headings under hospitality that aren't for leisure:

  • Medical - This is where people fly into a country to have a medical procedure done and have to stay for a long period.
  • MICE - Stands for Meetings, Incentive, Conventions, and Exhibition. This doesn't involve leisure, but it is a large part of hospitality for countries. This category includes conventions centers, stadiums, offices, or anywhere where international business meets.

Canada's Hospitality Industry

Canada's hospitality industry is steady in its revenue and has been for years. There has been no real serious growth or decline. The hospitality industry actually employs over 600,000 people across Canada, bringing in over 78 billion in revenue.

Why do so many people visit? Canada's largest draw is its natural sights. With places like Niagara Falls and other natural wonders, people come to experience Canada's nature. Skiing and shopping on French-inspired streets are also popular attractions, but nature is number one.

Niagara Falls

Currently, Canada's tourism is primarily from the United States. Over 75% of the people that visit Canada are from the US. Its drivability and cheap flights make Canada an easy destination for vacationing US families. Additionally, US citizens can obtain a specific visa to visit Canada. It is easier to obtain than a regular passport which increases visitors from the US.


Canada's primary advantage is its proximity. People in the US can travel into Canada with relative ease which makes planning uncomplicated. Additionally, Canada is a popular family vacation destination due to its reputation for friendly people and safe cities. When you combine that with all of the outside activities and affordable sites available, Canada is good for all budgets.

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