American Travel To Canada Decreases Sharply After Passport Regulations

August 21, 2009

Canada (ChattahBox) – Canada has reported a sharp dip in American tourism, which is being blamed on the 2005 change in passport regulations in all travel across the Northern border.

The loss over the last several years has been a blow to Canada’s tourism industry, which relies on Americans for 75% of their annual visitors.

It has gotten to bad as the US dollar has fallen against Canadian currency that many attraction, campground, or hotel owners are surprised when an American license plate is spotted amongst the Ontario or Quebec.

“It used to be normal to see American license plates. But now I see one and I think, ‘Oh look, it’s an American!’” Seacrest Motel and RV Park manager Nina Bartnick told The Globe and Mail.

It isn’t a surprise. Many were worried back in 2005 when passport changes were made that it would effect the number of Americans traveling abroad.

But despite Canada urging the US to change their ID cards, and eliminate some of the restrictions with our passport system, so far the government isn’t budging.

In the meantime, tourism is expected to drop further as the recession continues to put a strain on many families and their bank accounts.


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