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Declining travel to Canada for July

Published by Stephanie Brooks on September 18, 2012

Fewer people are making the trip to the True North Strong and Free lately, as numbers released today from Statistics Canada show a drop in the number of travellers to the country this July.

Primarily a result of decreasing American visitors, travel declined 2.5 per cent to 2.1 million trips compared with June 2012. 

Residents outside the US made 377,000 trips to Canada, down 0.8 per cent from the previous month. Chinese travellers, on the other hand, made a record high 27,000 overnight trips to our country, up three per cent from June. The Chinese have taken over the Germans as the third largest overseas travellers for Canada behind the UK and France. 

In contrast, Canadian residents made 5.4 million trips abroad in July, down 0.9 per cent from June. Most of these trips, almost five million, were to the United States.

Travel by Canadians to overseas countries fell 1.8 per cent to 791,000 trips from the record high of 805,000 trips set in June.

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