07/18/2012 10:14 EDT | Updated 09/17/2012 05:12 EDT

Canadian Travel: Chinese Visitors Up, But Overal Travel To And From Canada Down According To StatsCan

OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says fewer people travelled to and from Canada in May compared to travel in April.

Canadian residents made 5.3 million trips abroad that month, mostly to the U.S. , but that's 1.7 per cent fewer trips than in April.

Meanwhile, travel to Canada fell overall by 0.6 per cent in May to 2.1 million trips, though same-day car travel by U.S. residents to Canada increased.

Residents of most other countries took fewer trips to Canada, except residents of China.

They made 24,000 trips, a 3.4 per cent increase.

Statistics Canada reports that China has grown so strongly that it has overtaken Australia as the fourth-largest overseas market for Canada behind the United Kingdom, France and Germany.