Eerily quiet, Canada’s tourist destinations are taking a beating in 2008, thanks to the declining dollar and gas prices. Beating out the low number after 2001, the exchange rate is especially killing tourism. Even the western provinces such as popular British Columbia show foreign vacationers’ spending down to a nine year low, and American spending is much, much lower. Tourism Industry Association of Canada President Randy Williams says Canadian tourism is on the brink of crisis. In a country where nearly 90% of tourism commerce originates from the U.S., and a 30% loss in the U.S. dollar, which is now nearly equal to the Canadian dollar, Canada no longer offers value for Americans. Canadian tourism businesses are still experiencing the same number of Europeans as in past years, however.