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> US Travel to Canada hit record lows this January
starlagurl
post Mar 24 2008, 03:22 PM
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What do you think? A result of the dollar or just plain bad marketing? Maybe a combination of both?

http://travel.canoe.ca/Travel/News/2008/02...4861915-cp.html

OTTAWA - Travel to Canada from the United States hit a record low in January, bringing down overall travel to its lowest level on record.

In total, travellers made about 2.38 million trips to Canada in January, 1.4 per cent fewer than in December and a record low since record-keeping began in 1972.

Slower travel from the United States more than offset a record high of 391,000 overnight trips to Canada from overseas countries.


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post Mar 24 2008, 04:36 PM
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Do U.S. citizens need a passport yet?


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post Mar 25 2008, 08:03 AM
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Only to come by air...if you are coming by car, you need a government photo ID (like a driver's licence) and a birth certificate

Correct me if I'm wrong.


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post Mar 25 2008, 08:58 AM
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Megha, you are SO off topic all the time. Can you please stop? offtopic.gif


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post Mar 25 2008, 12:23 PM
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QUOTE(megha143 @ Mar 25 2008, 09:03 AM) *

Yeah, Queenstown rocks! I’m still getting over the fact that I went sky diving at 200 kph! I even got a certificate and a video to show for it! Yup, yup! blow.gif


Yeah, jeez megha, we try to stick with one topic at a time in a thread here girlie.


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post Mar 25 2008, 02:46 PM
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Maybe she means Queenstown, New Brunswick?


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post Mar 25 2008, 02:55 PM
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Yeah you're probably right, it must be a combination of all three...

What are people scared of, BTW?

Hehe, yeah I love Canada too, especially Toronto. *longing sigh*


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post Mar 25 2008, 03:03 PM
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By the way


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post Mar 25 2008, 03:09 PM
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Sweeping generalisation but... Americans are insular?
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post Mar 25 2008, 03:13 PM
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Hahaha yeeesssss...but the numbers are going down just recently, so something must have changed more recently than last December to affect the numbers. I'm thinking it's the high Canadian dollar, mostly.


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post Mar 25 2008, 03:16 PM
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The Looney is still much lower than the Euro. When friends want to visit Europe, but find the cost out of their budget, I always suggest Quebec. Other than poutine, the food is fabulous, and once the snow has cleared, Montreal is a world class city. The Yanks just don't know what they are missing.


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post Mar 25 2008, 03:19 PM
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Yeah seriously, walking around (old) Montreal you feel like you have been transported into Europe. It's really breathtaking, and the first time I did it, I was not prepared for such an experience (happily).


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post Jun 20 2008, 03:57 PM
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Take note that "tourists" probably include citizens that cross the border to fill up their gas tanks. As there is usually a difference in cost between the two countries, people living near the border will often cross just for this. What is the average cost of a gallon (oops - litre) of petrol in Canada now? If it's higher than the US, the number of Canadians "visiting" the USA will soar, and the number of US citizens "visiting" Canada will drop.


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post Jun 20 2008, 05:11 PM
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Hey, I'm doing my part...will be visiting Toronto in just over a week!


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post Jun 21 2008, 07:51 AM
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QUOTE(mmbcross @ Jun 20 2008, 04:57 PM) *

Take note that "tourists" probably include citizens that cross the border to fill up their gas tanks. As there is usually a difference in cost between the two countries, people living near the border will often cross just for this. What is the average cost of a gallon (oops - litre) of petrol in Canada now? If it's higher than the US, the number of Canadians "visiting" the USA will soar, and the number of US citizens "visiting" Canada will drop.


For sure. The stats don't necessarily reflect what they say they do. Lots of buzz and activity around the border all the time. Canadians hop over when it's worth it to us and vice versa. Gas in Ontario just hit about $1.35/L a couple of weeks ago or so. It's gone down a bit now but has been fluctuating as per usual. Cross-border shopping used to be huge with Canadians going over for everything under the sun but with all the new security, and now the rising dollar, that shot craps.

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You'll love it smile.gif And what a great time of year to visit! Is DH on business?


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QUOTE(wakingdream @ Jun 21 2008, 05:51 AM) *


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You'll love it smile.gif And what a great time of year to visit! Is DH on business?


Yes, a conference...so we are taking advantage of it and making it a family trip! Can't wait! smile.gif


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post Jun 23 2008, 08:41 AM
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And! We're going to have a dinner date!

Susie, I have to visit you in Guelph sometime...what do you say?


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post Jun 23 2008, 08:44 AM
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As they say in politics “it’s the economy stupid”.

I have visited Canada several times and plan on coming back for a more thorough tour of Nova Scotia, but I don’t think that Americans are staying away specifically from Canada, we are simply not taking vacations, or staying close to home.

The middle class in the US has been hit hard economically in the last several years – especially on both coasts.
Remember, the dollar plummeted (thank you Mr. Bush).
My “go to work” costs have quadrupled, meaning that it is not the cost of having a good job anymore, but an expense.
Food prices have at least doubled.
Taxes went up and I’ll be happy to get a 3% raise next year.
The government keeps us scared of some imaginary boogey-man hiding in our closets.
The TSA has made it hell on earth to fly anywhere (see point above).

What does all that mean?

We simply don’t have the money to go on a vacation.


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QUOTE(starlagurl @ Jun 23 2008, 09:41 AM) *

And! We're going to have a dinner date!

Susie, I have to visit you in Guelph sometime...what do you say?


That sounds good smile.gif I'll be around. Anytime after September is probably best. Best when I can get out for a few cocktails! We can hit up Big Bad downtown Guelph! You should drag Clayton along for a little visit too......he's got peeps 'round here as far as I know.


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Hear Hear laorfamily. First time in years I haven't taken two full weeks. This year it's just 3 days in Cancun and 10 days in the Rockies. Next year, to Hell with it. I'm going to Europe again even if I have to sell my soul to the devil.

After 2009 look for my new profile name "Dr. Faust".


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