More Canadians Planning International Travel Despite Instability
New research has found that 83% of Canadians are planning at least one summer vacation abroad this year, compared to 76% last year.
The research, released by Travelzoo, suggests that health scares like Zika and the threat of terrorism are not enough to dampen Canadian wanderlust.
The rise in vacations is not limited to the summer months either, with travel across the whole of 2016 expected to increase compared with last year.
“Canadians clearly have the travel bug,” says Lara Barlow, Travelzoo Canada Country Manager.
“These results are reassuring to those in the travel industry who were concerned that recent world events, as well as the low Canadian dollar, could really dampen the appetite to travel this year. We’re seeing that the reverse is true and Canadians are planning to book even more vacations - both at home and overseas before the year is out.”
1/3 of survey respondents said their preferred vacation features sun and sand. The 2nd favourite choice, at 16%, was taking in impressive landscapes and geography. When asked specifically about the types of domestic vacations they prefer, respondents favoured coastal vacations (29%) and big city visits (2nd place with 15%).
A slightly improving dollar may be impacting Canadian plans to cross our southern border.
Over 2/3 of respondents plan to visit the U.S. in the coming year. “Canadians are encouraged by the slight increase in the loonie and the U.S., because of its proximity, is traditionally the go-to international travel destination for many Canadians,” says Barlow.
Domestic vacations are also on the rise. According to the study, 80% of respondents took at least one domestic vacation in 2015 and 87% plan to take one in 2016. The survey identified the 2 main reasons for choosing a staycation as visiting family members (55%), and because the location is close and within easy reach (32%).