Canadian tourism suffers due to US visa restrictions
Canada, 7th April: According to a latest study, there has been a significant decline in Canadian tourism due to stricter US visa norms introduced by the US immigration.
The new US immigration rules have made it quite tough for the potential Americans to visit Canada.
Jeff McShane, a manager of the Ganong Chocolatier (a confectionary shop) in Calais, Maine has been dealing with the tourists every day but stated
that there has been a noteworthy decline in the number of American tourists in his shop in the period of last four years. McShane said that the number
of American tourists has come down by 50 percent.
The US immigration has introduced several border restrictions since the 9-11 attacks in the US (on September 11, 2001) after which even American
travelers find it literally impossible to relocate to their own nation.
McShane added that now, most of the customers in his shop are only Canadians as compared to previous times when there were majority of American customers.
McShane’s views are authenticated by the latest figures revealed by the Canadian Tourism Commission. The receipts of Canada tourism have gone down to $16 billion in the year 2009 by nearly 3 percent. On the other hand, the number of US visitors coming to Canada has plummeted by 9 percent.
The worst period seeing the biggest decline in the number of US visitors coming to Canada was in the last quarter of 2009 when number of US visitors went down 12 percent. The last quarter of the year is incidentally the time when a large number of US visitors are expected due to Christmas and Thanksgiving.
The study by the Canada Tourism Commission affirms that nearly 2 million fewer trips by American visitors to Canada have been noted.
The new US immigration norms have made it mandatory for all American travelers to posses a valid passport or other requisite document as a proof of their US citizenship and identity while gaining re-entry into their own country from any foreign land.