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eTN Daily Number of US Americans traveling to Canada down, statistics reveals
September 10, 2007, 10:45 pm
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Makes me wonder….  about the year 2000, the CTC decided to forego the Moose, Mountains and Mounties image of Canada and to "KEEP EXPLORING".   Ever since, our number of "explorers" from the USA has been on a sharp decline.  Is this a coincidence?   I don’t think so!

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eTN Daily Number of US Americans traveling to Canada down, statistics reveals

The first quarter saw the lowest recorded figures for US Americans traveling to Canada, Statistics Canada revealed recently.

The number of US Americans traveling to Canada has reached its lowest level for a first quarter in 10 years, new figures revealed.

According to Statistics Canada, US residents took fewer than 1.8 million overnight trips to Canada in the first quarter of 2007, down 6.3 percent compared with the same quarter in 2006. The decline in the first quarter was the eighth consecutive year-over-year quarterly decrease.

Statistics Canada found that among the top 10 states of origin for overnight travel to Canada, eight recorded year-over-year declines, with Michigan posting the largest decrease with a 16.9 percent drop in overnight trips and Washington, despite a 2.9 percent decrease, Washington remaining at the top of the list as its residents took 282,000 overnight trips to Canada.

The Canadian statistics group stated that overnight travel both by air and by car from the US fell between January and March, making it the fifth consecutive year in which first-quarter overnight car trips declined.

The new figures also show that Canada saw an 8.3 percent decline of US Americans traveling by car from last year’s figure, and that US Americans made fewer than 800,000 overnight pleasure trips to Canada in the first quarter, a 10.9 percent drop compared with the same period last year.

Statistics Canada also found that while the number of business trips increased 7.6 percent to 440,000, overnight trips for visiting friends and relatives declined 3.4 percent on a year-over-year basis, and that US Americans spent an estimated $915 million in Canada, down five percent from the first quarter of 2006.

Canada, however, saw an increase of 7.2 percent in travel from overseas tourists compared to last year’s January to March figures. According to Statistics Canada, travelers from the United Kingdom logged in the most overnight trips with 141,000, followed by France ranked second with 58,000 tourists.

Overseas tourists spent an estimated $930 million on overnight trips in Canada, up 6.4 percent from the first quarter of 2006, Statistics Canada revealed


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The re-branding of Canada as a tourism destination didn’t begin to influence international marketing efforts until 2006, when “Keep Exploring” was launched. With that in mind, to say that the shift away from “mounties, mountains and moose” is responsible for declines in American visitation since 2000 seems a bit of a stretch and ignores the influence of well-known events such as 9/11, SARS, and border hassles.

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