Thursday, June 19, 2008

Decline in same-day car travel from U.S. ends in April; fewer Canadians travel

OTTAWA — Same-day car travel from the United States levelled off in April, halting a series of seven straight monthly declines.

Statistics Canada reports Canadian residents made fewer trips to both the United States and overseas countries in April.

Americans made about 743,000 same-day car trips to Canada in April, virtually unchanged from March.

But that was about half as many as four years ago, and about a quarter of the record high set in March 1981.

Same-day car travel from the United States has fallen 21.5 per cent since last August.

Overnight car travel from the United States rose 2.3 per cent to 637,000 trips in April, the second straight monthly increase.

In total, overnight travel from the United States edged up one per cent to 1.1 million trips in April.

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