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Canadians' abroad trips hit record high in June

(Xinhua)

15:23, August 22, 2012

VANCOUVER, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- Canadians took nearly 2.8 million overnight trips abroad in June, the highest monthly figure since record keeping began in 1972, the national statistical agency said Tuesday.

Compared with May, Canadian overnight travel was up 5.7 percent, the result of increases in overnight travel to both the United States and overseas destinations, according to a report by Statistics Canada.

Overnight travel to the United States rose 7.5 percent to 1.9 million trips, also the highest level in the past four decades.

Canadians took 807,000 trips to overseas destinations in June, up 1.4 percent, surpassing the 800,000 mark for the first time, the report said.

On an inbound basis, travel to Canada from abroad rose 0.5 percent to just more than 2.1 million trips in June, with half of the top 12 overseas markets recording increases.

Tourists from the Chinese mainland took 26,000 trips to Canada in June, a 5.5 percent increase and the highest monthly figure on record for the market.

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