National Tourism Indicators (NTI)

Summary of changes

Activity on this program started: First quarter 1986

Reference period of change - fourth quarter 2018

With the fourth quarter of 2018 release of the national tourism indicators, all data for the first, second and third quarters of 2018 have been revised.

Economy-wide GDP is obtained from table 36-10-0104-01, which incorporates legal and illegal economic activities related to cannabis for non-medical and medical use, which have been incorporated in national accounts time series back to 1961 to preserve time series continuity. Non-medical use became legal on October 17, 2018.

Reference period of change - third quarter 2018

In addition, all data series expressed at 2007 prices (adjusted for inflation) have been rebased to the 2012 reference year. This is in line with the volume and price data published in the third quarter 2018 release of the national income and expenditure accounts. This change affects national tourism indicators data adjusted for inflation from 1986 to date. The existing identifiers for the constant price data have been retained.

Provincial and Territorial Tourism Satellite Account ( The Provincial and Territorial Tourism Satellite Account (PTTSA) provides an economic measure of the importance of tourism in terms of expenditures, gross domestic product and employment for each of the provinces and territories. It permits a comparison of tourism with other industries within a province or territory since the concepts and methods used are based on the framework of the Canadian System of National Accounts.

Reference period of change - second quarter 2017

The 1986 to 2016 revisions of the National Tourism Indicators ( Updated benchmarks from the 2012 Canadian Tourism Satellite Account (CTSA) were incorporated. Other sources of new and revised data and selected methodological changes were also introduced. This article will focus mostly on revisions beginning in 2012, the reference year of the most recent CTSA.

Reference period of change - fourth quarter 2016

Canadian Tourism Satellite Account, 2012 ( The Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) measures the economic importance of tourism in Canada. The TSA extracts economic information on tourism from the Canadian System of Macroeconomic Accounts (CSMA). It uses the same measures of inputs, outputs, GDP and employment as the CSMA, and reorganizes information on tourism following the Tourism Satellite Account: Recommended Methodological Framework.

Reference period of change - third quarter 2013

The 2009 to 2012 revisions of the National Tourism Indicators ( Revised estimates of the Income and Expenditure Accounts (IEA) covering the period 1981 to 2012 have been released along with those for the first quarter of 2013. These revised estimates incorporate the most current source data and seasonal patterns.

Reference period of change - first quarter 2005

Revisions and seasonal adjustment - With the first quarter 2005 release of the National tourism indicators (NTI), all estimates have been revised from the first quarter of 1999 through to the fourth quarter of 2004. These data revisions reflect the incorporation of updated Tourism satellite account benchmarks and other source data. A special historical revision was undertaken for several employment series to incorporate new source data. These industry series include: air transportation, bus transportation, accommodation and travel agents.

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