Canadian Travel Spending in Minnesota Grew 6% in 2012
Release Date: Oct 09, 2013
Annual travel spending by Canadians in Minnesota grew 6% to $359 million in 2012, including a 12% increase in spending on overnight trips. This spending growth occurred despite a 3% decline in total travel to 2.9 million person-trips, and 5% declines in same-day travel volume and same-day spending. By contrast, overnight travel was up 3% to nearly 700 thousand person-visits and overnight travel spending was up 12% to $255 million in 2012. Overnight travel contributed just 24% of total travel volume, but 71% of total travel spending. Residents of Ontario accounted for 49.5% of overnight Canadian visitors to Minnesota and 82% of same-day visitors, while residents of Manitoba accounted for 39% of overnight visitors and 14% of same-day visitors. “Holiday or vacation” was cited as the main reason for travel by 48% of overnight visitors and 58% of same-day visitors. Shopping was cited as the main reason by 7% of overnight visitors, but just 1% of same-day visitors. Other important reasons for overnight travel included attending events and attractions (16%) and visiting friends or relatives (13%). For overnight Canadian visitors, the 3rd quarter accounted for 35% of person-visits. You can find a summary table of annual Canadian travel volume and spending from 2001 through 2012 and tables of detailed annual statistics for 2005 through 2012 on Explore Minnesota Tourism’s industry website.