Canadian travel abroad up slightly in December

Canadian travel abroad up slightly in December

OTTAWA — Canadian residents made 5.2 million trips abroad in December, up 0.2% from November, according to Statistics Canada.

The number of trips made by Canadian residents to the United States rose 0.3% to 4.3 million. This gain was largely attributable to a 0.4% increase in same-day car travel to 2.4 million trips.

The number of trips made by Canadians to overseas countries decreased 0.6% to 922,000.

Travel to Canada rose 3.6% in December compared with November. This was entirely the result of more trips made by U.S. travellers to Canada.

Travel from the United States to Canada increased 4.7% to 1.7 million trips. Same-day car travel posted the largest percentage increase, up 6.5% to 618,000 trips, followed by overnight car travel, up 6.3% to 584,000 trips.

Travel to Canada from overseas countries decreased 0.5% in December to 441,000 trips.