The Visitor Economy Office builds upon past programs and expertise while embracing a new ‘locals-first’ approach founded in sustainability, community, creativity and prosperity. In doing so, the City is creating more meaningful and durable outcomes for business, culture, the tourism industry and Torontonians throughout all four seasons.

The City of Toronto developed the Visitor Economy: Strategic Directions Report 2023–2028 (9 MB) as a framework for the City to better support the tourism sector and guide the work of the Visitor Economy Office.

The Toronto Festival & Events Calendar is the most comprehensive list of things to do in Toronto. It provides a user-friendly display for the public to view and filter event details – making it easier to find information on what’s happening in the city.

Organizations and businesses can submit their event, exhibit and festival information to the Calendar for promotion to the public.

Submit an Event

For any questions, please email


Promote events, attractions or tourism businesses by distributing information and brochures through:

  • Toronto Tourist Information Centre, which is located in Union Station and open year round. Toronto specialists help visitors plan their time in the city.
  • INFOTOGO: Mobile Visitor Information Centres, which are seasonally located in high-traffic areas around the city and attend key events throughout the summer months.

City maps are available for free to distribute to your guests and customers:

  • Visitor Map: highlights key attractions and neighbourhoods
  • Beer Map (2019): highlights Toronto’s rich brewing culture.

Email for details.


Find best practices, relevant information and links to resources that support operators:

Key Facts

The Tourism and Hospitality industry statistics listed below reflect pre-pandemic numbers. With the industry’s commitment to recovery, as the visitor economy reopens, this vibrant, dynamic and world-class city strives to welcome back over 27.5 million visitors annually.

  • 9.5 million were overnight visitors; 18.1 million were day visitors
  • Total hotel nights sold reached 6.4 million
  • $6.5 billion dollars in visitor spending
  • $10.3 billion dollars in total economic impact for Toronto

(Source: Toronto’s Visitor Economy, Tourism Toronto, 2019).

Tourism Labour Force

An estimated 70,000 jobs are supported by visitor spending (both direct and indirect jobs). The number of people employed with jobs supported by visitor spending has increased by 10,000 over five years.

Job Impacts by Industry

While the majority of jobs are in industries directly serving visitors, significant benefits accrue in sectors like finance, insurance, and real estate from selling to tourism businesses and employees.

bar graph showing the job impacts by industry - from 2019 Tourism Toronto Visitor Economy report

(Source: Toronto’s Visitor Economy, Tourism Toronto, 2019).

Business Establishments

  • There are over 50 large tourism and related services establishments (500+ employees) in the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area (CMA). Thirty of these establishments are in the accommodation, foods, drink services and performing arts.
  • 70% of all tourism and related services establishments are classified as accommodation, foods, drink services and performing arts.


Toronto offers a wide variety of tourism options:

  • Music, film, sports, cultural, entertainment, performing arts, festival and events, international cuisine, parks and recreation, first-rate accommodations, and shopping, including 7 professional sports teams, 8,000 restaurants, more than 500 live music venues, more than 50 tour operators and over 100 attractions.
  • Large-scale special events can be found every weekend of the year with a number of signature events in the city including, Nuit Blanche, Luminato, Pride, Toronto Caribbean Carnival, Canadian National Exhibition and the Toronto International Film Festival.
  • 60+ multifunctional event venues, 35+meeting facilities and over 100 professional event and meeting planners in the city assist in making Toronto the choice for meetings and conventions.
  • Major convention centres offer a large amount of choice to the meetings and conventions market including Metro Toronto Convention Centre along with the Toronto Congress Centre and the Enercare Centre, 2 of the largest largest in North America.
  • Toronto is a City of Neighbourhoods, often represented by a vibrant Business Improvement Area.
  • Toronto is one of the world’s most diverse cultural, culinary and entertainment communities, over 50% of the population is foreign born.
  • The city has the greatest selection of accommodation in Canada, including over 44,180 hotel rooms in the greater Toronto region – 38% are located in downtown Toronto. Downtown Toronto hotels consistently achieve occupancy rates of about 73% whereas the hotel occupancy rate in the GTA is about 67% (Greater Toronto Hotel Association: Economic Impact Study, CBRE Hotels, 2015-2016).
  • Toronto Pearson International Airport is Canada’s primary air hub with 47 million passengers annually (GTAA).
  • Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is right in the downtown welcoming more than 2.8 million passengers annually.

Tourism Investment

  • In 2015 the Toronto region hosted the Pan/Parapan American Games, a catalyst for major infrastructure developments across the region.
  • The revitalization of Union Station is an ongoing $640-million initiative that will revolutionize Canada’s busiest transportation hub.
  • The Union Pearson Express launched in in 2015, and now provides fast, reliable and convenient service between downtown Toronto and Toronto Pearson International Airport.
  • Opened in 2014, the Aga Khan Museum is the first museum in North America devoted to Islamic art. The $300-million museum and cultural centre spans a seven-acre site.
  • Opened in 2013, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, a $130 million investment, is one of the largest aquariums in North America featuring over 15,000 underwater animals of 450 diverse species.
  • Opened in 2012, Daniels Spectrum, formerly the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre, an estimated investment of $18 million, brings dance, theatre, visual arts and music groups together under one roof.
  • Newer Hotel investment includes the Delta Hotels Toronto, The St. Regis Toronto, Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, The Ritz-Carlton, Bisha Hotel Toronto, Hotel X, and the Shangri-La Hotel Toronto.

City of Toronto Premier-Ranked Tourist Destination Project (2007)

The Premier Ranked Tourist Destination framework was developed by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism to provide a means for tourism destinations to define their competitive position within the tourism marketplace. Premier-ranked is not a formal tourism designation but, rather an internal tourism goal to help destinations become “better than the rest” by improving their viability and competitiveness as a place people want to visit.