7 March 2006

$50 Proposed Travel Card to Hinder cross border gambling

A study by the Canadian Tourism Commission estimated that the rules changes would mean 7.7 million fewer trips by Americans to Canada during the first three years the rules are in place, costing the Canadian tourism industry $1.7 billion. U.S. tourism receipts would drop by $785 million over the same period because of 3.5 million fewer Canadian visitors to the U.S., the report said.

Last year, 31.7 million Americans visited Canada, with 24.5 million crossing the border by car, according to Statistics Canada, a Canadian government agency. In 2004, the last year for which the agency had data on the question, 13.9 million Canadians traveled to the U.S.

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