Regardless of anecdotal reports of a slowdown of interest in travelling to the United States since the selection of Donald Trump, official numbers out of Statistics Canada Monday morning revealed Canadians’ visits to the U.S. surged to their highest level since 2015 in January, with 3.6 million slips.
The figure was an increase of 7 per cent from December’s level, Statistics Canada reported.
The bunches run counter to several recent media reports that travel to the U.S. had dry up up since November. Last month, travel guide Frommer’s referred to a «Trump sink» as it cited an influential travel magazine report of a «devastating drop» in the billion of visits to the U.S. by foreign tourists since Donald Trump was elected, partly on an anti-immigration tenets.
And the U.S. Travel Association reported earlier this month it is seeing «mounting enlists» of a broad slowdown in demand by foreign travellers to the U.S.
Travel agent Melissa Erskine, P of iDream Travel based in Ontario, told The Associated Press at length month that some of her clients «are no longer interested in going to the U.S. due to Trump’s principles and have looked at other options within Canada.»
But if that tenderness is real and widespread, it’s not showing up in Canada’s official travel numbers yet.
And Americans don’t enter into the picture to be fearful of crossing the border, either. U.S. travel to Canada surged to 2 million drives in January, up 3.6 per cent to the strongest January since 2007.