But spending by Canadians at home edged down 0.1% in the first quarter to $16.9 billion

Mario ToneguzziInternational visitors to Canada are spending more while they’re here.

Statistics Canada reported on Wednesday that overall tourism spending rose by 0.2 per cent in the first quarter to $21.8 billion.

It said tourism spending by international visitors to Canada increased 1.5 per cent in the first quarter to $4.9 billion, after rising 4.4 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2017.

“Spending on passenger air transport (+3.0 per cent), accommodation (+1.2 per cent) and food and beverage services (+1.1 per cent) largely contributed to the gains,” said the federal agency.

Meanwhile, tourism spending by Canadians in Canada edged down 0.1 per cent in the first quarter to $16.9 billion, following a 0.9 per cent decline the previous quarter.

“This was the first time since the first quarter of 2009 that domestic tourism spending has declined in two consecutive quarters. Lower spending on food and beverage services (-1.4 per cent), vehicle fuel (-1.4 per cent) and recreation and entertainment (-2.6 per cent) were the largest contributors to the decrease. However, increases in accommodation (+1.3 per cent) and passenger air transport (+1.1 per cent) almost offset the decline,” said the federal agency.

Respected business writer Mario Toneguzzi is a veteran Calgary-based journalist who worked for 35 years for the Calgary Herald in various capacities, including 12 years as a senior business writer.

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