For the first time, PEI’s tourism industry in 2017 will likely surpass the one-million mark for overnight stays.
September’s tourism figures were released Thursday, and they show that year-to-date, there have been more than 938-thousand overnight stays in roofed accommodations and campgrounds. That represents a 6.5 per cent increase year to date compared to 2016.
All regions in the province are up over 2016 in terms of room nights sold. Of note specifically, room nights sold in Red Sands Shore and North Cape Coastal Drive are up 8.9 and 7.1 per cent respectively.
All entry points posted increases through September year to date. The Confederation Bridge is up 2.4 per cent, the Charlottetown Airport is up 5.7 per cent, and Northumberland Ferries is up by 24.6 per cent after a reduced schedule in 2016.