03/29/2012 08:58 EDT | Updated 05/29/2012 05:12 EDT

Statistics Canada reports tourism spending up for 10th quarter in a row

OTTAWA - Canadians at home and visitors from abroad kept tourism spending on the rise for the 10th quarter in a row.

Statistics Canada reports tourism spending rose 0.9 per cent in the forth quarter of 2011.

Tourism spending in Canada has now risen 9.5 per cent since the second quarter of 2009.

Spending by Canadians at home rose 1.0 per cent in the fourth quarter following a 0.9 per cent gain in the previous quarter.

Air transport spending was up 1.9 per cent and recreation and entertainment was up 3.3 per cent, but travel services were down 1.1 per cent.

Spending on accommodation, food and beverages and non-tourism commodities such as groceries, clothing and alcohol bought in stores also rose.

Foreign visitors spent 0.8 per cent more in Canada in the fourth quarter, with gains in overnight travel from both the United States and overseas countries.