Travel between Canada and other countries, December 2012

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Travel from Canada to the United States rose 1.8% in December to 4.7 million trips.

This included nearly 2.0 million overnight trips in December, the highest figure since record-keeping began in 1972. Overnight travel by car (+3.7%) and by plane (+1.8%) to the United States increased.

Canadian residents also made 2.7 million same-day car trips to the United States, a 0.6% increase from November.

Travel to overseas countries from Canada remained unchanged from November at 808,000 trips.

In the opposite direction, travel to Canada from the United States rose 1.7% to 1.7 million trips.

Overnight travel from the United States rose 1.7% to 985,000 trips, mainly because of a 5.3% increase in overnight plane trips.

Automobile travel from the United States declined in December as US residents took 0.2% fewer overnight car trips and 3.3% fewer same-day car trips.

Travel from overseas countries to Canada increased 0.8% from November to 393,000 trips.

In December, 9 of the top 12 overseas markets recorded increases in travel to Canada. The largest percentage increases were in travel from India (+12.5%) and China (+9.4%).

Note to readers

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

Available in CANSIM: tables CANSIM table427-0001 to 427-0006.

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

The December 2012 issue of International Travel: Advance Information, Vol. 28, no. 12 (Catalogue number66-001-P), is now available from the Browse by key resource module of our website under Publications.

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