Travel between Canada and other countries, March 2012
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Canadian travel abroad declined 1.5% to 5.2 million trips in March compared with February. While overnight travel abroad increased, fewer same-day car trips to the United States resulted in an overall decrease.
In total, Canadians made 2.6 million overnight trips outside the country in March, a 0.8% increase from February, and the highest monthly level since record keeping began in 1972.
Overnight travel to the United States rose 0.7% from February as Canadian residents made 1.8 million overnight trips to that country. It was also the highest level since record keeping began.
The 3.6% decline in same-day car trips to the United States more than offset the increase in overnight trips.
Canadians made 790,000 trips to overseas countries in March, a 1.0% increase from February.
In the opposite direction, travel from the United States to Canada fell 2.1% to 1.6 million trips.
Overnight travel from the United States to Canada was down in all transportation modes, with overnight car travel declining 1.8% and overnight plane travel decreasing 1.4%.
US residents made 578,000 same-day car trips in March, a 3.0% decrease from February.
Travel by overseas residents to Canada rose 3.0% to 407,000 trips, the highest level since May 2008.
Travel to Canada rose in almost all of the top overseas markets in March. Travel from China increased 9.3% to 22,000 trips. Travel from South Korea declined 16.2%, the only decrease among Canada's top overseas markets.
Note to readers
Monthly data are seasonally adjusted.
Available without charge in CANSIM: tables CANSIM table427-0001 to 427-0006.
Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number survey number5005.
The March 2012 issue of International Travel, Advance Information, Vol. 28, no. 3 (Catalogue number66-001-P, free), is now available from the Key resource module of our website under Publications.
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