09/20/2011 08:54 EDT | Updated 11/20/2011 05:12 EST

Canadians take fewer trips abroad in July but U.S. travel highest on record

OTTAWA - Canadian residents made five million trips abroad in July, down 0.4 per cent from June.

Statistics Canada reports residents from abroad took two million trips to Canada, also down 0.4 per cent.

Canadian residents took 1.8 million overnight trips to the United States in July, up 2.2 per cent and the highest level since record-keeping began in 1972.

The number of overnight trips by Canadian residents to overseas countries reached 751,000 in July, a drop of 1.7 per cent from June.

Travel by U.S. residents to Canada was down 0.5 per cent to 1.6 million trips.

Overseas residents took 378,000 trips to Canada in July, down 0.2 per cent.

Seven of the top 12 overseas markets recorded declines in July. The largest decrease was recorded by residents of Germany (down 8.0 per cent) while the strongest increase was recorded by residents of Japan (up 12.4).