Travel between Canada and other countries, November 2012

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Travel to Canada fell 0.6% to 2.1 million trips in November, as a decline in trips from the United States more than offset an increase from overseas countries.

Nearly 1.7 million visitors came to Canada from the United States, down 1.0% from October. At the same time, the number of visitors from overseas nations rose 1.1% to 387,000.

Travel of one or more nights from the United States declined 1.9% to 963,000 trips. Travel by plane was down 4.8% while travel by car fell 1.0%. On the other hand, same-day car trips to Canada increased 0.4% to 622,000 trips.

In November, 8 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 the United Kingdom to Canada fell 6.5% in November to 51,700 trips, while travel from France increased 1.8% to 39,500 trips and travel from Germany declined 0.5% to 26,200.

In the opposite direction, Canadian residents took 5.5 million trips abroad in November, up 0.3% from October. Most of these trips, 4.7 million, were to the United States, a 0.3% increase.

Travel of one or more nights to the United States fell 0.6% to 1.9 million trips in November. Travel by plane decreased 1.3% to 637,000 trips, while travel by car remained unchanged at 1.2 million trips. Same-day car trips by Canadians to the United States increased 1.1% to 2.7 million trips.

Canadians took 809,000 trips to overseas countries in November, up 0.2% from October and the highest figure since record keeping began in 1972.

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 November 2012 issue of International Travel: Advance Information, Vol. 28, no. 11 (Catalogue number66-001-P, free), is now available from the Key resource module of our website under Publications.

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