TORONTO — Canada is experiencing its first decrease in travel spending in more than two years, according to Statistics Canada.
The agency reports Canadian tourism fell 0.1 per cent in the second quarter, following seven consecutive quarterly gains averaging 0.9 per cent.
Canadian tourists cut their domestic spending on recreation and entertainment (3.4 per cent) and non-tourism commodities (0.5 per cent), such as groceries, alcohol and clothing. Meanwhile, spending on accommodation (0.2 per cent) and food and beverage services (0.3 per cent) increased, while fuel consumption remained unchanged.
Lower spending by Canadians at home was offset by higher non-resident tourism where international visitors to Canada spent 1.4 per cent more, as travel from the United States and overseas markets increased in the second quarter.
For more details on the tourist spending decline, visit statcan.gc.ca.