July Tourism Stats Available

Tourism, Culture and Heritage (To Jan. 7)

August 27, 2008 2:46 PM

Nova Scotia welcomed 1,097,700 visitors by the end of July -- a three per cent decrease or about 39,000 fewer visitors than in the same period last year -- while the number of room nights sold increased by three per cent or 48,000.

While visitors from Western Canada were up seven per cent in this period, the overall visits from the rest of Canada, including Quebec and Ontario, were down three per cent.

"Our numbers reflect what we have been hearing from members of the tourism industry," said Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Bill Dooks. "As we move into the fall, we will get a better sense of how the summer tourism season has unfolded."

For the month of July, Nova Scotia welcomed more than 273,000 visitors, a 13 per cent decrease -- or about 40,000 fewer visitors -- compared with July 2007.

Consistent with the trend that is being reported across Canada, there were 26 per cent fewer American visitors in July. There were about 1,400 fewer visitors from overseas. Visits by road decreased 13 per cent and air visits decreased 12 per cent.

The Ports of Halifax and Sydney gather cruise statistics. So far this year, cruise activity was up 35 per cent or about 49,000 at the Port of Halifax and 55 per cent or about 12,000 at the Port of Sydney. Cruise visitors are not included in overall visitor numbers.

Nova Scotia's comprehensive system for reporting tourism statistics includes counting overnight visitors -- excluding Nova Scotia residents -- at all entry points to the province and gathering the number of room nights sold from all licensed accommodation operators.

Detailed tourism statistics can be found on the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc/pubs/insights


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     Nova Scotia welcomed 1,097,700 visitors by the end of July

-- a three per cent decrease over the same period last year --

while the number of room nights sold increased by three per cent.

     Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Bill Dooks says the

numbers reflect what the department has been hearing from members

of the tourism industry.

     For the month of July, Nova Scotia welcomed more than

273,000 visitors. That's a 13 per cent decrease -- or about

40,000 fewer visitors -- compared with July 2007.

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