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    Fewer Americans coming to Canada

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Fewer Americans came to visit Canada in October than in September, while the number of Canadians travelling to the United States was up slightly the same month, according to new data from Statistics Canada.

    Travel by U. S. residents to Canada fell 2.6% to 1.6 million in October, compared to the previous month. This was the first decline in four months, the agency reported this week.

    Travel to the United States by Canadian residents edged up 0.1% to 3.3 million.

    By contrast, travel to Canada from destinations other than the United States increased by 3.2% to 332,000 in October.

    Travel to Canada by United Kingdom residents -Canada’s largest overseas market – increased by 15.3% to 62,000 trips. Trips to Canada from Germany and Australia also posted double-digit gains.

    Two-way cross-border car traffic at Niagara Falls bridges has been steady, said Brent Gallaugher, of the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission.

    “Auto traffic is holding its own or is creeping up. We’re not in bad shape there,” said Gallaugher. “Trucking is down.”

    U.S. travel tumbles as Canadians make fewer trips abroad in June: StatsCan

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    From the Canadian Press (via Google News):

    Travel between Canada and other countries decreased in June, led by a decline in trips between Canada and the United States…

    StatsCan reports the decrease in travel abroad was the result of 9.6 per cent fewer trips to the United States in June…

    Canadians took 1.4 million overnight trips to the United States in June, down 4.9 per cent from May…

    Travel from the United States to Canada decreased 15.6 per cent to 1.6 million trips…

    Border requirements impact local tourism

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Canadian tourism industry is experiencing its longest period of decline since the 9-11 terrorist attacks almost eight years ago, according to Statistics Canada report released Monday.

    But if the recent experience of the Niagara Parks Commission is a good indication of what’s happening elsewhere in Niagara, Ontario and across Canada today, the Statistics Canada figures showing a 1.3 per cent decrease in tourism spending during the first quarter of 2009 will be seen as comparatively good news.

    Parks commission chairman Jim Williams says the NPC has seen its revenues fall sharply since the beginning of June when new border-crossing regulations came into effect.

    “We were actually having a fairly good turnaround from Nov. 1 until May 31,” said Williams. “Overall, our numbers were up eight per cent or thereabouts, year over year.

    “But since the beginning of June, there has been a dramatic decline … We’ve experienced anywhere from 15 to 20 per cent decline in all of our various revenue generating operations just since June 1.”

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