09/30/2011 08:49 EDT | Updated 11/30/2011 05:12 EST

Tourism spending ends string of gains, edges down in Q2: StatsCan

OTTAWA - Tourism spending in Canada slipped 0.1 per cent in real terms in the second quarter, following seven straight quarterly gains.

Statistics Canada reports higher spending by non-residents in Canada was offset by lower spending by Canadians at home.

Tourism spending by Canadians at home was down 0.4 per cent in the second quarter after averaging gains of 1.1 per cent since the second quarter of 2009.

Outlays on passenger air transport, which fell 1.3 per cent, were the biggest contributor to the decline in tourism spending.

Spending by international visitors in Canada was up 1.4 per cent, as travel from both the United States and overseas markets increased in the second quarter.

Tourism employment edged up 0.1 per cent.