Record-break­ing month

Meet­ings and con­ven­tions spur record June tourism num­bers in P.E.I.

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

More meet­ings and con­ven­tions, along with a slate of new events, brought a record num­ber of visi­tors into P.E.I. in June.

The province re­leased its June tourism indi­ca­tor re­port Wed­nes­day, show­ing nearly all ma­jor cat­e­gories showed im­prove­ments over last year’s num­bers.

Re­search from Meet­ings and Con­ven­tions P.E.I. shows al­most 50 per cent of all del­e­gates who come here for con­ven­tions ei­ther ar­rive early or stay beyond the con­ven­tion dates for an Is­land va­ca­tion ex­pe­ri­ence.

Re­cent meet­ings or con­ven­tions in the province in­clude ScotDance Canada, Cana­dian As­so­ci­a­tion of Oc­cu­pa­tional Ther­a­pists and In­fec­tion and Preven­tion Con­trol Canada.

Meet­ings and Con­ven­tions P.E.I. ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Ann Worth said the to­tal num­ber of del­e­gates in June in­creased by al­most 13 per cent com­pared to 2016, while year-to-date num­bers for meet­ing del­e­gates com­pared to 2016 are on pace for an 18 per cent in­crease.

“Our province is gain­ing quite a rep­u­ta­tion as an ideal lo­ca­tion for re­gional, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional con­ven­tions, with state–of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties like the P.E.I. Con­ven­tion Cen­tre and a strong tourism prod­uct across the Is­land,” said Worth.

Green Gables saw an in­crease of 26.2 per cent (33.8 per cent year-to-date). Non-mem­ber golf rounds saw an in­crease of 2.7 per cent com­pared to last June (down 3.1 per cent yearto-date), and mo­tor­coach vis­its dipped by 17.3 per cent (down 17.1 per cent year-to-date).

Vis­i­ta­tion from all of the Is­land’s ma­jor mar­kets saw growth com­pared to last June, in­clud­ing On­tario, Que­bec and the Mar­itime Prov­inces.

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