Characteristics of international overnight travellers

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Third quarter 2010 (preliminary) (Previous release)

Pleasure travel was the most common reason for Canadian residents to travel during the third quarter, as they took 5.5 million overnight pleasure trips to the United States and overseas countries.

Canadian residents took 4.3 million overnight pleasure trips to the United States during the third quarter, accounting for 66.8% of all overnight travel to the United States. Canadian residents spent $2.3 billion on their overnight pleasure trips while in the United States. Visiting friends and relatives was the next most common travel reason to the United States with 1.1 million overnight trips.

New York State continued to be the top destination with 1.3 million overnight visits by Canadian residents. Canadian residents spent $454 million in the state. Washington and Michigan were the next most popular destination states for Canadians.

Pleasure travel was also the most common reason for overnight travel from the United States to Canada. US residents took 3.2 million overnight pleasure trips to Canada in the third quarter, spending $1.9 billion while in the country.

New York State was also the top state of origin as residents made 672,000 trips to Canada in the third quarter, and spent $244 million in Canada on their trips. Washington State and Michigan were the next two most common states of origin.

The top overseas destinations for overnight travel by Canadian residents were the United Kingdom, France and Italy. Canadian residents took 1.2 million overnight pleasure trips to overseas countries, accounting for 60.3% of all overnight travel overseas. Canadian residents also took 497,000 overnight trips overseas to visit friends and relatives.

The United Kingdom was the top overseas country of origin for overnight travel to Canada, followed by France and Germany. Although pleasure travel was the most common reason for overnight travel to Canada by overseas residents, it accounted for less than half of all overnight trips (46.6%). Overnight travel to visit friends and relatives followed with 32.1% of all overnight trips.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 3152.

This release summarises data now available from the International Travel Survey. Tables, various statistical profiles and micro-data files of characteristics of international travellers using the preliminary third quarter 2010 are now available on request.

Data on characteristics of international travellers for the fourth quarter of 2010 will be released on May 25.

To obtain one or more of these products, contact Client Services (toll-free 1-800-307-3382; 613-951-9169; fax: 613-951-2909; tourism@statcan.gc.ca). To enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Frances Kremarik (613-951-4240; fax: 613-951-2909; frances.kremarik@statcan.gc.ca), Tourism and the Centre for Education Statistics Division.