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Travel to Canada by US Residents increases

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Travel to Canada by United States residents increased in September compared with August, while travel by Canadian residents to the United States declined.

Overall, the number of trips to Canada from abroad increased 1.6% to 2.0 million. At the same time, the number of trips by Canadian residents abroad decreased 1.7% to just less than 4.0 million.

Travel by United States residents to Canada increased 2.1% in September to nearly 1.7 million trips. Same-day car travel to Canada increased 2.4% as US residents took 631,000 same-day car trips.

Overnight travel to Canada by US residents also rose in all modes of transport with a 1.4% increase in car trips and a 1.5% increase in plane trips.

Travel from residents of overseas countries was down 1.3% in September compared with August, as travellers from non-US destinations made 327,000 trips to Canada. In September, 8 of the top 12 overseas markets declined, with Switzerland (-5.1%) posting the largest drop. Travel from Italy recorded the largest increase with 6.2% more trips to Canada.

The 1.7% decrease in travel abroad by Canadian residents was primarily the result of 2.1% fewer trips to the United States in September. Canadians made just over 1.7 million same-day car trips to the United States, down 2.3% from August.

Overnight travel to the United States by Canadian residents also declined, as Canadian residents took 1.5 million overnight trips to the United States in September. Overnight plane travel recorded the largest decrease from August with a 4.6% decline.

Canadian residents took 690,000 trips to overseas countries in September, up 0.4% from August.
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