Mark Sutcliffe, Postmedia News
The result is a tourism deficit of almost $16 billion (the difference between what Canadians spend abroad and visitors spend here).
Goldstein says the government should look at tourism as an export business that brings foreign dollars into the country. To him, the 120 million people who come to Canada every year are the equivalent of a city of 325,000 people who are here just to spend money and require no social programs or other government benefits.
The tourism industry association estimates that if Canada was back in the top 10 of tourist destinations, it would generate another $5.2 billion in the economy and almost 47,000 new jobs.
Full article on Canada.com: Canadian tourism efforts need more money, not less