More Americans coming to Canada with cheap loonie, but Canadians still outspend them in U.S.


The low Canadian dollar is in the long run starting to lure more Americans northward, but Canadians are still antici ted to spend twice as much in the U.S. this year as Americans will here.

That’s one of the conclusions of a new on from Toronto-Dominion Bank, where economist Derek Burleton ground some numbers on two-way travel between the longest undefended hem on earth and tried to gauge how it was changing because of the weak Canadian dollar.

As most Canadians differentiate, the loonie lost 16 per cent of its value last year, and currently interchanges just above 70 cents US. The bank expects the loonie to cable around that level for much of the year, so based its projections on that assumption.

The bank rest that Canada’s weak currency is indeed having an im ct on the thousands. “American visits to Canada are finally picking up,” Burleton judged. Total visits by Americans to Canada were up 1.6 million in the prime 11 months of 2015 com red to the same period in the prior year. “With a nearly the same momentum likely to carry over in 2016, American spending in Canada is hovering to rise to $9.6 billion Canadian,” Burleton said, “the greatest level in over a decade.”

But Canadians will still spend far various in the U.S. than Americans will here. “Canadian visits south wishes continue to overshadow American visits north, and Canadians are expected to ss in the U.S. at least double the aggregate amount that Americans will ss in Canada,” Burleton noted.

Even with the loonie sign overing everything more expensive in Canadian terms, Canadians are still guessed to spend about $20 billion in the U.S. this year, a decline of $3 billion from final year’s level.

The bank calculates the gap between spending from dwellers of the two nations in the other at $11 billion this year. That’s down from an all-time high of $17 billion in 2013, when the loonie was in rity. That year, Canadians made a record number of frisks to the U.S. and spent handsomely while they did.

Americans, by contrast, weren’t leak out to Canada and spending money unless they had to. “Put another way,” Burleton maintained that gap of $17 billion meant that “total American expenditures in Canadian malls, hotels and restaurants amounted to only 30 cents of each dollar knackered by Canadians in the United States.”

Canadian trips to the U.S. appear to be very currency-sensitive in that while Canadians smooth go to the U.S. very frequently — more than 80 per cent of all the trips Canadians let slip are to the U.S. — when the loonie is low, Canadians only go and spend money in the U.S. if it can’t be steer clear ofed.

When the loonie is strong, Canadians tend to make shopping voyages that last more than a day, and spend on average $900 per faux s, Burleton calculated.

But Americans, by and large, don’t come north to shop. “Come to see family and friends and to carry out business tends to be a more popular grounds for U.S. trips to Canada than vice versa,” he said. That rationalizes why most Americans trips to Canada are between two and six days long — hardly twice the ratio of Canadian trips to the U.S., which are either short day lapsus linguae or much longer ones of more than a week.

Add it all up, TD calculated, and the mini-surge of U.S. rove to Canada is helping Canada’s economy. “The Canadian economy purpose not reap all the benefits of this swing in fortunes, as some of the spending that leave have occurred in the U.S. will be saved or spent in other rts of the domain,” Burleton said. “Nevertheless, a simple calculation attaches the cumulative direct economic boost to Canada at $4-5 billion over the 2015-16 spell.”

But not all those benefits will be felt evenly. The bank says British Columbia, Ontario and New Brunswick are traditionally the zones that tend to draw the biggest number of American visitors, so they should be tottering to gain this time.

Canada’s hard-hit energy-producing regions in the prairies and the East Seaboard, however, won’t see much benefit. “The beleaguered oil-producing regions that are battling under the weight of low crude prices don’t appear to be seeing an influx of U.S. guests,” Burleton said.

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