VANCOUVER, Jan. 9, (Xinhua) -- Tourist spending in Canada rose 1.0 percent in the third quarter of 2012, following a 0.1 percent increase in the previous quarter, Statistics Canada said Wednesday.
According to the agency, from the second quarter of 2009 to the third quarter of 2012, tourist spending in Canada increased in every quarter, rising 11.6 percent during the period.
The increase in the third quarter of 2012 was attributed to the high tourist spending by Canadians at home, which rose 1.6 percent after a 0.4 percent increase in the previous quarter.
Canadians' outlays on tourism goods and services were up, most notably on passenger air transport, while spending on non-tourism items, such as groceries and clothing, was also higher, Statistics Canada said.
However, spending by international visitors in Canada fell 1.5 percent in the third quarter, following a 1.3 percent decline in the second quarter. Overnight travel to Canada from both the United States and oversea countries was also lower.