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Second quarter 2011 (Previous release)

Tourism spending in Canada edged down 0.1% in real terms in the second quarter, following seven consecutive quarterly gains averaging 0.9%.

Higher non-resident tourism spending in Canada was offset by lower spending by Canadians at home.

Tourism spending edges down after seven consecutive increases

 Tourism spending edges down after seven consecutive increases

Chart description: Tourism spending edges down after seven consecutive increases

First decrease in tourism spending at home in two years

Tourism spending by Canadians at home was down 0.4% in the second quarter. It had previously averaged quarterly gains of 1.1% since the second quarter of 2009.

Tourism domestic demand down

 Tourism domestic demand down

Chart description: Tourism domestic demand down

Outlays on passenger air transport, which decreased 1.3%, contributed the most to the decline in tourism spending. Canadian tourists also cut back their domestic spending on recreation and entertainment (-3.4%) and non-tourism commodities (-0.5%) such as groceries, alcohol and clothing bought in stores.

Spending on accommodation (+0.2%) and food and beverage services (+0.3%) edged up, while fuel consumption was unchanged.

Note to readers

With the second quarter 2011 release of the National tourism indicators (NTI), all data from the first quarter of 2011 have been revised.

At the time of the first quarter 2011 release of NTI, all data were revised from the first quarter of 2008 through to the fourth quarter of 2010. More information on the revision can be found in an article published in this issue of the NTI.

The NTI are funded by the Canadian Tourism Commission.

Increase in spending by international visitors

Spending by international visitors in Canada was up 1.4%, as travel from both the United States and overseas markets increased in the second quarter.

Increase in spending by international visitors in Canada

Increase in spending by international visitors in Canada

Chart description: Increase in spending by international visitors in Canada

Spending on all tourism commodities was higher, most notably accommodation (+1.9%), food and beverage services (+1.9%) and passenger air transport (+0.6%). Spending on non-tourism commodities was also up.

Fuel consumption was up 3.1% on higher same-day car travel from the United States.

Tourism gross domestic product edges up

Tourism gross domestic product (GDP) edged up 0.1% in the second quarter, as gains in the accommodation and food and beverage services industries offset declines in the transportation and recreation and entertainment industries. Tourism GDP in non-tourism industries was slightly higher.

This was the eighth consecutive quarterly increase in tourism GDP. In that span, it has gone up an average of 0.7% per quarter.

Tourism employment edged up 0.1% in the second quarter, as the transportation and non-tourism industries posted job gains. Tourism jobs in the accommodation and recreation and entertainment industries were down.

Available on CANSIM: tables 387-0001 to 387-0010.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 1910.

The second quarter 2011 issue of National Tourism Indicators, Quarterly Estimates (13-009-X, free) is now available from the Key resource module of our website under Publications.

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact the information officer (613-951-3640; iead-info-dcrd@statcan.gc.ca), Income and Expenditure Accounts Division.