OTTAWA — Tourism spending in Canada was up 1.5 per cent in real terms in the second quarter, as increased spending by Canadians more than offset a decline in spending by international visitors to Canada.
Statistics Canada reports it was the fourth straight advance in tourism spending in Canada.
The agency says that with this recent upswing, tourism spending has recovered from a year-long decline that began in the third quarter of 2008.
Canadians’ spending in Canada on tourism advanced 2.2 per cent in real terms in the second quarter, following a 0.6 per cent gain in the first quarter.
Spending on passenger air transport, the largest component of the transportation category, increased 6.4 per cent as Canadians travelled more abroad.
Canadians increased their spending on most other tourism commodities, notably vehicle fuel, accommodation and travel services.
Spending by international visitors to Canada fell 1.4 per cent after a strong gain in the first quarter related to the Vancouver Winter Olympics.