Maritimes Report Jump in Tourism


FREDERICTON — July was a good month for the East Coast, with a 25 per cent jump in U.S. tourism recorded at the busiest N.B. border crossing, CBC News reports.

After a few difficult years of a dwindling worldwide economy, parity with the U.S. dollar and new passport rules, the influx of tourists is welcome news.

Garrett Turta, the manager of the Fairmont Algonquin in St. Andrews, N.B., and chair of the Charlotte Coastal Regional Tourism Association, told the CBC his hotel hosted about 10 to 15 per cent more U.S. visitors this summer. “[There were] a lot more coming up from Florida, just escaping the heat and finding our climate just a little bit more attractive,” Turta told the CBC.

With more tourists making their way to the Maritimes in the summer, the foodservice industry — boasting many spring- and summer-only restaurants — likely capitalized on the influx of visitors.

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