Travel between Canada and other countries, October 2012

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Canadian travel to destinations abroad decreased in October, while travel to Canada from abroad was unchanged.

Canadian residents took 5.4 million trips to the United States and overseas countries combined, down 1.9% from September.

Most of these trips, 4.6 million, were to the United States, a 2.1% decrease.

Same-day car trips by Canadians to the United States fell 2.8% to 2.7 million trips.

Overnight travel to the United States declined 1.0% to 1.9 million trips. Overnight plane travel increased 0.3% to 647,000 trips, while overnight car travel fell 1.8% to 1.2 million trips.

Canadians made 805,000 trips to overseas countries in October, down 0.4% from the record high of 808,000 trips set in September.

In the opposite direction, US and overseas residents made 2.1 million trips to Canada in October, unchanged from the previous month.

American residents made 1.7 million trips to Canada, down 0.5%, while travel by overseas residents increased 2.6% to 382,000 trips.

Same-day car trips by Americans to Canada fell 0.7% to 617,000 trips.

The number of overnight plane trips from the United States fell 1.0%, to 292,000, while overnight car trips rose 0.4% to 577,000.

Residents of countries other than the United States made 382,000 trips to Canada in October, up 2.6% from September.

In October, 7 of the top 12 overseas markets to Canada posted increases in travel to Canada. The United Kingdom remained the top overseas market, followed by France and Germany.

Travel from South Korea (+20.6%) and China (+6.6%) recorded the strongest gains, while travel from Hong Kong (-8.2%) recorded the largest decrease.

Note to readers

Monthly data are seasonally adjusted. For more information on seasonal adjustment, see Seasonal adjustment and identifying economic trends.

Available without charge in CANSIM: tables CANSIM table427-0001 to 427-0006.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number survey number5005.

The October 2012 issue of International Travel: Advance Information, Vol. 28, no. 10 (Catalogue number66-001-P, free), is now available from the Key resource module of our website under Publications.

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