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Travel between Canada and other countries, May 2014

Released: 2014-07-17

Travel between Canada and other countries rose in both directions in May, with increases in almost every travel category.

Travel to Canada by US residents rose 1.6% compared with April to 1.7 million trips. Overnight travel from the United States rose 2.0% in May, with overnight plane travel posting the largest increase at 4.1%. US residents took 344,000 overnight plane trips to Canada in May, the highest monthly level since February 2005.

Overnight car travel from the United States to Canada was up 0.4% to 565,000 trips, while same-day car travel (+0.2%) was relatively stable at 587,000 trips.

Canadian residents took 4.5 million trips to the United States in May, up 0.9%. A 4.4% increase in overnight plane trips was partially offset by a 2.1% decrease in overnight car trips.

Same-day car travel from Canada to the United States increased 1.2% in May to more than 2.5 million same-day car trips.

Travel by residents of overseas countries to Canada increased 2.3% in May to 426,000 trips. This was the highest monthly level since June 1996.

In May, 7 of the top 12 overseas markets recorded increases in travel to Canada. The largest percentage gain was in travel by residents of Hong Kong (+18.4%), followed by an 8.6% increase in travel from China. Residents of China took 39,000 trips to Canada, the highest monthly figure from that country on record.

In the opposite direction, travel by Canadian residents to overseas countries rose 4.4% to 884,000 trips.

  Note to readers

Monthly data are seasonally adjusted. All seasonally adjusted data have been revised back to January 2011. For more information on seasonal adjustment, see Seasonally adjusted data – Frequently asked questions.

The May 2014 issue of International Travel, Advance Information, Vol. 30, no. 5 (Catalogue number66-001-P), is now available from the Browse by key resource module of our website under Publications.

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