Canadian travel deficit widens

Canadians increased international travel in September while travel to Canada from abroad shrank, thereby increasing Canada’s travel deficit and causing concern for tourism operators.

Canadians increased international travel in September while travel to Canada from abroad shrank, thereby increasing Canada’s travel deficit and causing concern for tourism operators.

In total, Canadian residents took 5.6 million trips to the U.S. and overseas countries combined, up 2.9% from August, according to Statistics Canada data released yesterday.

Total travel to Canada, in contrast, fell 0.9% in September to 2.1 million trips.

The nation’s number cruncher did not break down the numbers by province.

Among the top 12 overseas markets, six recorded decreases in travel to Canada in September. The largest percentage decreases were the 8.3% decline in visitors from China and the 6.7% drp in visitors from Switzerland.

Travel from Italy and Australia recorded the strongest gains at 8.5% and 5.0% respectively.

gkorstrom@biv.com

@GlenKorstrom

comments powered by Disqus

More from Hospitality & Tourism

Restaurant closures ring White Rock alarm bells

A string of shutdowns along Marine Drive has residents worried about the area’s future

Read Article

BIV on Global BC February 14, 2017: Disney raises prices; NAFTA changes

Tyler Orton discusses Disney raising prices to avoid overcrowding. Plus: What changes to NAFTA could mean

Read Article

Aquilini expands restaurants with Umberto acquisition

Restaurant’s sale highlights B.C.’s No. 1 rank in Canada for food service

Read Article

Vancouver International Wine Festival helps wineries cultivate tourism

Canada marks 150th birthday as annual event’s theme country

Read Article

Restaurant owners waiting for service on liquor-law changes

B.C. regulations hurt bottom line, critics say

Read Article

Subscribe to our mailing lists

* indicates required

Newsletters

* You can modify your newsletter subscriptions at the bottom of any newsletter you receive.
×