Trade dispute not stopping Canadian tourism to US

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The trade dispute between the United States and Canada doesn’t seem to be affecting tourism. Not even the loonie which is now trading 76 cents to the American dollar.

Despite the major dispute, Canada accounts for the largest number of international visitors to the U.S., with more than 20 million visitors pumping nearly $20 billion into the U.S. economy, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The number of Canadians heading south has also grown this year, and the flap between Trump and Trudeau after last month’s G7 summit in Quebec didn’t change that.

Border crossing data indicates the number of Canadian motorists returning from the U.S. in June grew 12.7 per cent from last year, a healthy increase, according to a license plate-scanning system used by the Canadian government.

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A so-called “Trump Slump” has not happened as first predicted following the Trump presidency. And now even a major trade dispute which will impact Canada negatively has not dampened the interest of Canadians in visiting the US or even spending winter there.

Florida accounts for the largest number of visitors from the north, typically snowbirds in the winter. New England is also a popular destination, and beaches like Old Orchard Beach and Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, are an easy drive from Canada’s Atlantic provinces. -CINEWS

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