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Sixty per cent of Cdns plan to travel this Christmas: survey

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – If you are heading out of town this holiday season, you’re certainly not alone. A new survey from BMO finds six in 10 Canadians plan on travelling this Christmas.

“This is a really good indication that confidence is coming back and we’re spending a bit more money,” says District Vice President Janet Peddigrew. “A lot of people are travelling within their own province, and I guess that’s because family is so important this time of year.”

Close to 40 per cent of travellers won’t be venturing out of their home province, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be spending less. The average person will drop $563 on their vacation.

“What’s interesting about this is that the number has increased over the last year, and again, that’s a sign of confidence,” explains Peddigrew.

The survey also finds younger people are more likely to travel; nearly 75 per cent of Canadians under 30 will be taking some kind of trip.

“People are a little bit more confident to plan to spend money,” says Peddigrew.

The survey was conducted by Pollara with a random sample of 1,000 Canadians 18 years of age and over. A probability sample of this size would yield results accurate to ± 3.1 per cent, 19 times out of 20.