Mar
6
2020

Another record-breaking year for visitation and tourism revenues  

Minister Matthew MacKay and David Groom, Chair of the Tourism PEI Board, congratulate the tourism industry on another successful season.

Records were broken and Islanders and industry from tip to tip can celebrate yet another successful year for tourism in Prince Edward Island.

Statistics released by Tourism PEI today show that the Confederation Bridge, Charlottetown Airport and Charlottetown Port all set new traffic records during 2019. PEI accommodation operators also reported more than one million overnight stays across the province in 2019 (1,031,513), surpassing the previous record set in 2017.

“Thank you to Tourism PEI and all operators for not only achieving another successful season, but surpassing some significant records,” David Groom, Chair of the Tourism PEI Board of Directors said. “Our industry certainly has a lot to be proud of.”

Statistics of note include:

  • Traffic at the Confederation Bridge was up +2.5% over 2018
  • Traffic at the Charlottetown Airport was up +3.4% over 2018
  • Cruise traffic was up +29.5% over 2018
  • Overnight stays were up +1.7% over 2018

“This continued success could not be achieved without the passionate and tenacious people working in our Island’s tourism industry. We thank you for your commitment to delivering world class hospitality to our visitors each and everyday.”

- Minister of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture Matthew MacKay

In total, the province estimates that approximately 1.6 million visitors generated approximately $505 million in tourism revenues during 2019, setting new records for visitation and tourism revenues. 

To see the final indicator report for 2019 visit:  2019 Final Indicator Report.

Prince Edward Island’s tourism industry employs approximately 8,600 full-time equivalent workers and contributes approximately 6% to the provincial economy every year.

Media contact:
Hillary MacDonald
Department of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture
902-388-5400
hpsmacdonald@gov.pe.ca 

General Inquiries

Department of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture
3rd Floor North, Shaw Building
105 Rochford Street
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-5540
Fax: 902-894-0342

DeptEGTC@gov.pe.ca