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The motor coach and group travel industry are an important part of the Canadian travel and tourism sector. It’s a diverse industry, offering from scheduled bus service, to student travel to luxury coach tours. Coach companies, tour operators and tourism service providers (hotels, restaurants attractions, etc) all work together to offer the public first-class travel experiences.
Canada’s Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) breaks down tourism demand by the product that tourists are spending money on. Transportation accounts for 37% of total tourism demand in Canada and 35% in Ontario. The bus component under transportation in the TSA covers urban transit, interurban bus travel, charter bus services, shuttle services, and sightseeing by bus. The contribution of this industry accounts for nearly 900 million dollars to Canada’s economy. 37% of which is domestic demand, 7% is interprovincial and 56% is international demand.
Modern motor coaches are one of the most convenient, reliable, affordable and safe ways to travel. They are generally equipped with a full range of amenities from washrooms to Wi-Fi connections which make travel by coach a great way to get around Canada and the U.S. That’s why motor coaches carry about 860 million passengers a year in Canada and the U.S. (774 million passengers in the U.S., and approximately 86 million in Canada). To carry all of those passengers, they go more than 200 million miles a year in Canada.
Despite all of those kilometers travelled, coach accidents are extremely rare and in fact study after study has shown that buses are the safest vehicle on the road. In fact, bus passenger fatalities account for less than one half of a percent of all highway fatalities. Despite its extremely positive safety record, the industry is never content to rest on its laurels when it comes to safety and bus operators constantly take a pro-active approach to ensuring the safety record of the industry is continually improved.
For more information about the group travel and motor coach industries, please contact the OMCA office.