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Posted November 27, 2012


Characteristics of international overnight travellers, second quarter 2012

Canadian overnight business travel to the United States rose 6.6%; China, recorded a 21.9% increase in overnight trips to Canada.

Statscan - Among main trips categories, overnight business travel to Canada by overseas travellers recorded the largest year-over-year decrease with an 8.2% decline in the second quarter, while pleasure travel was down 3.9%.

The top three overseas countries of origin—the United Kingdom, France and Germany—recorded declines in overnight travel to Canada. At the same time, the fourth most important overseas market, China, recorded a 21.9% increase in overnight trips to Canada.

Overnight pleasure travel, the largest trip category for visitors from the United States, increased 3.8% to 1.7 million trips. Trips to visit friends and relatives, however, recorded the largest increase, 7.1%. At the same time, business travel decreased 0.9%.

New York, Washington and Michigan remained the top three states of origin for trips to Canada.

Canadian overnight business travel to the United States rose 6.6% in the second quarter. This was the fifth straight quarter that business travel rose on a year-over-year basis.

Pleasure travel to the United States increased 5.9%, while overnight travel to visit friends and relatives was down 3.1%. Canadian residents took 3.5 million overnight pleasure trips, representing 65.6% of all overnight travel to the U.S.

Canadians took 1.5 million overnight pleasure trips to overseas countries. This was the primary reason for travel, and represented nearly 70% of all overnight travel to overseas countries. Overall, the top three destinations were Cuba, the United Kingdom and Mexico.

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