December visitor figures gloomy

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The weather wasn’t the only thing that was dreary in December.

    The latest figures from Ontario’s Ministry of Tourism and Culture show border crossings into Ontario from the United States were down 12.4% compared to the same period the previous year.

    Same day travel was down 15.5% while overnight crossings saw an 8.7% decrease, according to the most current edition of the provincial Tourism Performance Bulletin.

    The December numbers were a continuation of a year-long trend that saw U.S. same-day crossing down an average of 16.1% in 2009 compared to 2008 and overnight crossings down 7.7 per cent.

    Travel to Ontario from overseas markets declined by 5.6% in December and were down 13.6% for the whole year.

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