The number of visitors to Nova Scotia is dropping with the leaves this year.

Visitors to the province fell by three per cent in September compared with the same time in 2009, according to the Department of Tourism.

Road travel fell four per cent and air travel was down two per cent. Cruise ship passenger was up significantly, however, boasting a 22 per cent increase.

Overseas visitors decreased by eight per cent, while visits from Atlantic Canada, Quebec and Ontario were up three per cent. For the year, tourism numbers are up two per cent compared with the first nine months of 2009.

Provincial tourism is a major contributor to the economy, with a release stating that in 2009 the industry employed more than 31,000 people and generated revenues of $1.82 billion.