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Travel between Canada and other countries, January 2013

Released: 2013-03-20

Canadians took 5.5 million trips abroad in January, down 0.4% from December.

Travel to the United States rose 0.2% in January to 4.8 million trips, but this increase was outweighed by a drop in trips overseas.

Canadians took 769,000 trips to countries other than the United States in January, down 4.3% from December and the lowest level since December 2011.

Travel of one or more nights to the United States fell 1.5% to 1.9 million trips, as travel by car decreased 2.0% to 1.2 million trips and travel by plane declined by 0.3% to 648,000 trips.

Same-day car trips by Canadians to the United States increased 1.5% to 2.8 million trips, the highest level since February 2012.

Travel to Canada remained unchanged at 2.1 million trips in January, as an increase in trips from the United States offset a decrease from overseas countries.

More than 1.7 million visitors came to Canada from the United States, up 0.2% from December.

Travel of one or more nights from the United States increased 0.1% to just over 1.0 million trips. Travel by car was up 0.7% to 586,000 trips while travel by plane fell 1.1% to 293,000 trips.

Same-day car trips from the United States to Canada increased 1.6% to 619,000.

Travel to Canada by overseas travelers declined 1.1% to 387,000. The top four overseas markets to Canada all experienced declines (United Kingdom, France, Germany and China).

  Note to readers

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

All of the seasonally adjusted data have been revised back to January 2010. Revisions were done for certain non-seasonally adjusted data for each month of the second and third quarters of 2012.

The January 2013 issue of International Travel: Advance Information, Vol. 29, no. 1 (Catalogue number66-001-P), is now available from the Browse by key resource module of our website under Publications.

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