N.S. Tourism Numbers on Upswing


HALIFAX — According to statistics released recently from the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism, Culture & Heritage, the province welcomed 1,676,800 visitors from January to September, up one per cent compared to this time last year.

In the month of September, 229,800 people visited Nova Scotia. This represents an increase of five per cent compared with September 2008. Road visitors increased by 10 per cent, while air travel decreased by four per cent, and room nights sold were up one per cent, compared with September 2008.

“Our tourism industry is holding its own despite global tourism and economic challenges,” said Percy Paris, the minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “We must, however, continue to work together to understand our visitors travel habits and provide experiences that keep tourists coming back again and again.”

American visits to Nova Scotia increased by three per cent in September, although year-to-date results remain down two per cent. While September visits from overseas markets broke even, visits year-to-date remain down nine per cent. Visits from the U.K. declined 19 per cent year-to-date, while visit from Germany are up slightly year-to-date (three per cent).

Detailed tourism statistics can be found here on the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage website. Statistics for October are expected later this month.


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