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November 17, 2009


The U.S. Department of Commerce announces state-level detailed data on Canadian travel to the United States for 2008 is now available on the Office of Travel and Tourism Industries website.

HIGHLIGHTS: 2008 Canadian Visitors to the United States

  • Eight of nine regions and 17 of 20 states for which visitors estimates are available had visitor increases in 2008 over 2007 levels.
  • The top five destination states were New York, Florida, Washington, Michigan, and California
  • Florida accounted for 15% of visitors, but 33% of visitor nights.
  • Ontario is the #1 origin province—producing 8.1 million and 45 percent of all visitors. British Columbia was a distant second at 4.2 million.
  • Overall arrivals grew by nearly seven percent in 2008; the top growth states for Canadian visitors were Florida (16%), North Dakota (16%), Washington State (14%), Nevada (13%), Arizona (13%), and Georgia (13%).
  • The average growth in spending by Canadian visitors for one or more nights was 14 percent, 14 of the 20 markets reported growth in spending in 2008. In contrast, six states saw spending decline in a year of double-digit growth in total spending within the country.

Visitor volume estimates are provided for the following travel attributes:

For each attribute, visitor volume is provided for nine census regions and 20 states meeting the minimum requirement 400 sample size.

To view or download PDF versions of the tables, go to:

Historical data for years 2004 – 2007 and annual visitor profile reports are available at the same website location.

SOURCE: Canadian travel to the U.S. is provided by Statistics Canada, the statistical agency of the Canadian Government. To find out more about this program and Canadian travel information, please go to: https://travel.trade.gov/outreachpages/inbound.country_in_north_america.canada.html