10/17/2013 08:53 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST

Travel to Canada up 1.1 per cent in August; Canadian trips abroad down: StatsCan

OTTAWA - Statistics Canada says travel to Canada rose 1.1 per cent in August to 2.1 million trips, led by an increase in visitors from overseas countries.

Travel to Canada by overseas travellers was up 5.1 per cent to 406,000 in August compared with July.

The number of trips by Asian travellers to Canada reached 131,000 in August, the highest level since October 2004, as the United Kingdom, France and China remained the top three overseas markets supplying travellers to Canada.

Just over 1.7 million visitors came to Canada from the United States in August, up 0.2 per cent from July.

Canadians took 5.4 million trips abroad in August, down 0.1 per cent from July.

Canadian travel to the United States fell 0.2 per cent in August to 4.6 million trips, while trips to destinations other than the United States increased 0.7 per cent to 804,000, the highest level since September 2012.