Province reaches more than a million overnight stays again in 2018
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Prince Edward Island has once again exceeded one million overnight stays after another highly successful tourism season.
Statistics released by Tourism PEI today show 1,013,280 overnight stays recorded at accommodations across the province in 2018. That’s down 1.3 per cent compared to 2017.
Major entry point numbers were close to par with 2017, improved cruise ship numbers had a major impact, and the department is once again projecting records for total visitation and spending.
“These numbers are very encouraging and are fully attributable to the tremendous effort put forward by tourism operators, industry associations and residents who work so hard to help grow the industry and encourage people to come for a visit,” Economic Development and Tourism Minister Chris Palmer said. “We have lots of work to do to maintain the incredible momentum we’ve seen the last few years and I look forward to working with industry as we turn our eyes to 2019 and beyond.”
In total, the Province is projecting approximately 1.58 million visitors with expenditures close to $490 million.
“The Hotel Association of PEI is very pleased to see overnight stays top 1 million nights for the second straight year,” Hotel Association President Craig Jones said. “Tourism is an integral part of PEI’s economy and workforce and our association is pleased to be an important part of this sector. The hard work by the Department of Economic Development and Tourism, as well as our partners such as Meetings & Conventions PEI, Regional Tourism Associations, and Tourism PEI are certainly paying dividends.”
Tourism is vital for the economic health of our province. The industry employs over 7,700 full time equivalent workers and contributes more than $450 million to the provincial economy every year.