Government releases August tourism indicators
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Near-record numbers continued to visit Prince Edward Island through its three entry points in August, Tourism PEI statistics show.
The Confederation Bridge is on pace for another record season and is now 0.7 percent ahead of 2017’s year-to-date numbers. Northumberland Ferries also posted gains of 2.6 percent year-to-date. The Charlottetown Airport was down only slightly in passenger volume, with a decrease of 1 percent year-to-date.
“We worked very hard with our industry partners over the past two months to attract short-haul visitation from the other Maritime provinces, and to encourage Islanders to get out and explore their Island,” Economic Development and Tourism Minister Chris Palmer said. “It appears these efforts are having the desired effect, and we are optimistic that this trend will continue into September’s results.”
2017 was the fourth-straight record year for tourism on Prince Edward Island and the first year ever that the province recorded more than one million overnight stays. It also marked the Canada 150 celebrations.
Overnight stays are down just slightly year to date with a decrease of 1.8 percent compared to last year’s record season.
“This is something staff in Tourism PEI will be examining over the coming months,” Minister Palmer added. “We’d like to know why we are seeing slightly fewer overnight stays while our entry points remain strong. It could indicate shorter average length of stay, smaller party sizes, or other factors.”
Tourism is vital to the economic health of our province. The industry employs over 7,700 full time equivalent workers and contributes about $447 million to the provincial economy every year