POLITICS

Travel to Canada rose 1.9 per cent in August, as American trips increased

10/18/2012 09:17 EDT | Updated 12/18/2012 05:12 EST
OTTAWA - Travel to Canada increased 1.9 per cent to 2.1 million trips in August as higher numbers of American visitors offset decreased travel from overseas.

U.S. residents made 1.7 million trips to Canada in August, up 2.3 per cent from July, despite a small decline in same-day car travel.

Travel to Canada from overseas countries to Canada decreased 0.2 per cent in August to 375,000 trips.

In the opposite direction, Canadians took 5.4 million trips abroad, a 0.3 per cent decline from July, as they made fewer trips to the U.S.

Canadians made 2.7 million same-day car trips to the U.S. in August, down 0.6 per cent from July, while overnight travel slipped 0.2 per cent.

Canadians also made 791,000 trips to overseas countries in August, up 0.2 per cent from July.