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Travel between Canada and other countries, February 2013

Released: 2013-04-18

Canadians took 5.6 million trips abroad in February, up 1.5% from January.

Travel to the United States rose 1.7% in February to 4.9 million trips. In addition, trips to destinations other than the United States rose 0.4% to 768,000.

Travel of one or more nights to the United States rose 3.1% to 2.0 million trips, as travel by car increased 3.7% to 1.2 million trips and travel by plane increased 2.9% to 669,000 trips.

Same-day car trips by Canadians to the United States increased 0.7% to 2.8 million trips, the fourth consecutive monthly increase.

Travel to Canada fell 1.5% in February to 2.1 million trips, as a decrease in trips from the United States offset an increase from overseas countries.

Just under 1.7 million visitors came to Canada from the United States, down 2.1% from January. This was the lowest monthly level since February 2011.

Travel of one or more nights from the United States decreased 0.7% to just under 1.0 million trips. Travel by car was down 1.3% to 576,000 trips, while travel by plane increased 1.1% to 296,000 trips.

Same-day car trips from the United States to Canada declined 3.3% to 591,000.

Travel to Canada by overseas travelers rose 1.0% to 391,000 trips. This was driven by increases from countries in Asia, mainly, China, Japan, India and South Korea.

The number of Chinese travelers to Canada hit an all-time high in February with 29,400 trips. Overall, Chinese trips to Canada have doubled on an annual basis from 147,900 trips in 2006 to 298,100 in 2012.

The United Kingdom remains the top overseas market to Canada, with 53,900 travelers in February. However, this is the second-lowest number of travelers since May 2003.

  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 2012.

The February 2013 issue of International Travel: Advance Information, Vol. 29, no. 2 (Catalogue number66-001-P), is now available from the Browse by key resource module of our website under Publications.

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