OTTAWA — Travel between Canada and overseas countries, the type most likely booked through travel agents, reached record levels in July, while travel between Canada and the United States decreased.
Travel by Canadian residents to the United States fell 4.3% in July compared with June. The number of overnight trips by Canadians declined 5.5% to 1.9 million trips.
Car travel to the United States decreased as Canadian residents took 6.3% fewer overnight car trips and 3.4% fewer same-day car trips.
Travel by U.S. residents to Canada decreased 1.1% in July to 1.7 million trips, primarily because of a 2.0% decrease in same-day car trips.
Travel by Canadian residents to overseas countries continued its upward trend with 888,000 trips in July. This was the highest number since record keeping began in 1972.
Residents of overseas countries made 439,000 trips to Canada in July (+1.5%), the highest number since record keeping began in 1972.
In July, seven of the top 12 overseas markets recorded increases in travel to Canada compared with June. Residents of India took 18,000 trips to Canada, the highest monthly figure ever from that country.
The 15.2% increase in travel from India was the largest percentage increase among the top 12 overseas countries.
Travel to Canada by residents of China rose 3.5% to cross the 40,000 mark for the first time on record.