by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 27, 2013 8:48 am MDT More spending by Canadians in U.S. pushed up travel deficit in Q4 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says the country’s international travel deficit with the world grew by $49 million to $4.6 billion during the fourth quarter of last year.The agency says that while the deficit with overseas countries narrowed during the period, this was more than offset by a growing deficit with the United States.On an annual basis, the international travel deficit reached $17.8 billion in 2012, up $1.5 billion from 2011.During the year, Canadians spending abroad rose 6.7 per cent to $35.2 billion, while receipts from foreign visitors in Canada increased 4.4 per cent to $17.3 billion.Canadians spent just under $9 billion outside the country during the fourth quarter, up 1.8 per cent from the third quarter, while receipts from foreign travellers in Canada increased 2.6 per cent to $4.4 billionIn the fourth quarter, Canada’s travel deficit with the United States rose by $95 million to $3.8 billion, as Canadian spending in the U.S. rose 2.4 per cent to $5.6 billion.