Just as the number of visitors that Toronto welcomes each year reaches a record-breaking 44 million, Toronto was ranked North America's best travel destination preferred by students and teachers. A press release from Tourism Toronto confirms that each year, Toronto's tourists contribute to over $9 billion to the city's economy. A large portion of Toronto's tourist population is teachers and students from across the globe, says the city's tourism marketing organization.
Based on the Student and Youth Travel Association's 2019 Student Destinations list, Toronto was officially selected as the number one travel destination favoured by students and teachers.
Toronto also broke the North American record for hosting more international meetings and convention delegates in 2018 than any other city in North America. According to the International Congress and Conventions Association City Rankings Report, Toronto hosted 84,600 international attendees, which exceeds any other city in North American history.
So far, Toronto is the only city in Canada that has seen an increase in the number of international meetings it hosts year-over-year.
Numerous titles have been bestowed upon Ontario's capital city recently. Back in February, Toronto was ranked the best city in Canada to find love. Two months later, Toronto made it onto another global ranking list when it was named one of the best cities for students in the world, acquiring the 13th spot on the list of The World's Best Cities To Be A Student.
"Toronto is a city with a deep sense of welcome, inclusiveness and openness, and that resonates and appeals to students from all over the world," says Andrew Weir, Executive Vice President, Destination Development for Tourism Toronto. We, along with many others around the world, couldn't agree more!