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July 31, 2009

U.S. tourist visits to Canada fall sharply

TORONTO (AP) — Canada's tourism association says the number of U.S. tourists visiting Canada is at a 37-year low and declining, mainly due to the recession, but stricter new U.S. passport rules are also to blame.

Randy Williams, the head of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, said the numbers are at the lowest level since 1972. He said American traffic has been constantly dwindling for seven or eight years.

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