Friday, 11 November 2016 13:42

Travel Search Engines Report Surge For One-Way Tickets To Canada

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As presidential election results trickled in, many Americans raced to find an escape hatch on Tuesday. In the showdown between Secretary Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump,  it seems that Democrats found haven in an unlikely place: Canada.

Travel engines report a huge surge in searches for one-way tickets to the United States’ northern neighbor. The Canadian immigration website crashed.

A friend just called to say that Canada’s immigration website just crashed. Y’all. That is no good.— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) November 9, 2016

Flight searches from the US to Canada peaked at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, rapidly decreasing until 10:00 p.m. , when they started rising again, according to hourly data by liligo.com. The travel search engine compared data with the previous week, finding that the election results were having a substantial impact on travel tourism.

When looking specifically at one-way flights to Canada, some travel websites reported huge increases in volume. Between 6:00 p.m. ET Tuesday and 8:00 a.m. ET Wednesday, Cheapflights.com reported more than 1,000% increase in one-way tickets to Canada. Japan, Australia, the U.K., New Zealand, South Africa and Germany also had a surge of one-way flight searches  between midnight and 8:00 a.m., says Cheapflights.com.

Source:  forbes.com

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