Major summertime events helped Nova Scotia gain a significant increase in the amount of travellers to the province in July.
Nova Scotia enjoyed a jump of 20 per cent for visitors to the province when compared with July of 2008. Overall, close to 329,000 people visited the province in July – an increase of about 56,000 people. Events such as the Nova Scotia Tall Ships Festival and two major outdoor concerts on the Halifax Common no doubt helped draw more people to the province.
Also in July, road traffic was up 23 per cent, air travel increased by 14 per cent and room nights sold was up by one per cent.
The province also announced its tourism numbers for June, and there was a two per cent decrease – or roughly 4,200 fewer visitors – than in the same month last year.
Overall, thanks to the strong July, tourism numbers for the year are now up one per cent compared with the first seven months of 2008.