Canadians travelled less in October: StatsCan
Passengers line-up to purchase tickets at Air Canada at Dorval Airport in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Tuesday, December 18, 2012 8:57AM EST
OTTAWA -- Canadians took fewer trips abroad in October while the number of visitors to this country remained the same compared with September, according to a report from Statistics Canada.
The agency says Canadian residents took 5.4 million trips to the United States and overseas countries combined -- a 1.9 per cent decrease from September.
Most of the October trips abroad -- 4.6 million -- were to the United States, a 2.1 per cent decrease from the month before.
Canadians also made fewer same-day car trips and overnight trips south of the border.
Statistics Canada also reports less overseas travel in October, with Canadians taking 805,000 trips -- down 0.4 per cent from September's record high of 808,000 trips.
Meanwhile, visitors from other countries made 2.1 million trips to Canada in October, which is the same as the month before.
The number of American visitors was down slightly, but trips made by people from other countries increased.
Statistics Canada says Americans took fewer same-day car trips and overnight plane trips, although they took slightly more overnight car trips.
Residents of countries other than the United States made 382,000 trips to Canada in October -- a 2.6 increase from September.
Seven of the Top 12 overseas markets to Canada took more trips to Canada, with the United Kingdom remaining the top overseas marker, followed by France and Germany.
Travel from South Korea and China was up, while travel from Hong Kong was down.