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Some regions in Nova Scotia reporting numbers are up

An increased number of Canadians travelling to Nova Scotia in 2007 has helped boost tourism numbers in some areas.

An increased number of Canadians travelling to Nova Scotia in 2007 has helped boost tourism numbers in some areas.
Some regions exceeded the overall provincial increase of about two per cent, while others fell about six per cent lower. The Northumberland coast, achieved a 10 per cent increase in the number of room nights sold, and the Fundy Shore region saw a three percent increase.
Carol Dee, owner of Jubilee cottage in Wallace said visitor numbers were definitely up from the previous year at her seaside inn.
"We saw a lot more Canadians than Americans and a lot more people from Europe than the year before," said Dee.
She said many of the Canadians were travelling from British Columbia and Alberta.
"A few were repeat customers but a lot of them were coming to look for property here because things are getting too expensive there."
Canadians accounted for 86 per cent of the visitors, 11 per cent were from the United States and only three per cent from overseas.
Larry MacCormack, owner of Tulips and Thistles Bed and Breakfast near Truro, said he also noticed an increase of visitors at his location.
"From our point of view our numbers were up this year," said MacCormack.
Although he can't pinpoint any particular reason for the increased tourist traffic, MacCormack said the majority of his guests are from the US.
"That is the way it has been since we started and we see no reversal of that as yet," he said.
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.
"We're pleased with our tourism industry's performance in 2007 with increases in visitor numbers and revenues," said Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage.
"With our refreshed brand, we're continuing to roll out our tourism plan in close partnership with the industry in order to attract and welcome more visitors in 2008."

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, United States, Northumberland Europe British Columbia Alberta Truro

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