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Travel between Canada and other countries, June 2013

Released: 2013-08-20

Travel from Canada to the United States increased in June, while travel to Canada decreased in almost every trip category.

Canadian residents took 4.8 million trips to the United States in June, up 2.6% from May. Overnight travel increased in every category, led by a 2.8% increase in overnight car travel.

Canadian residents took 2.7 million same-day car trips to the United States in June, up 2.7% from the previous month.

Travel from Canada to overseas countries decreased 0.4% from May to 792,000 trips.

In the opposite direction, travel to Canada from the United States declined 0.5% to 1.7 million trips in June. This included 601,000 same-day car trips to Canada, down 0.8% from May.

While overall overnight travel from the United States decreased 0.3%, overnight trips by plane to Canada from the United States rose 0.3% from May to 315,000 trips. This was the fifth consecutive monthly increase and the highest monthly figure since September 2007.

Travel from overseas countries to Canada was down 0.5% from May. Although there was an overall decline, 8 of the top 12 overseas markets recorded increases in travel to Canada in June. The largest percentage increase was in travel from Hong Kong (+7.8%). The largest percentage decrease was in travel from Switzerland (-5.4%).

Travel to Canada from China rose 2.3% in June, crossing the 30,000 mark for the first time since record keeping began in 1990. Travel from China has increased 79.3% since June 2010, and is now Canada's third largest overseas source of visitors.

  Note to readers

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

The June 2013 issue of International Travel: Advance Information, Vol. 29, no. 6 (Catalogue number66-001-P), is now available from the Browse by key resource module of our website under Publications.

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