SUMMERSIDE – Visitations to the Summerside Visitors Information Centre (VIC) were down slightly from 2012 for the months of June, July and August.
Councillor Tina Mundy, the city’s liaison with Tourism Summerside, told city council that figures for the three summer months are comparable with 2012, down 38 visitations over that time period.
“For the month of June, they had 448 which would be down 223 from 2012,” Mundy said. For July, they had 9,230 visits, which would be up 259 from 2012. In August, they had 2,178, which would be down 71 from 2012.”
Partial figures for the month of September show there have been more 400 inquiries at the Visitor Information Centre.
Mundy said that Tourism Summerside set up a booth at the Go Media event that brought tourism journalists from across the world to P.E.I. The Tourism Summerside display was presented as part of the regional tourism association team.
“Summerside Tourism set up a recharge station for the journalists to come visit and find out what the Island has to offer,” she said. “It was all the Island VICs. They were able to bring their product and set up during various time slots for the journalists to come.”
Mundy said there were more than 300 participants with 180 of them media.
“Sixty of them were from Canada and the rest were from all over the world,” she said. “I bumped into Greg Weeks from P.E.I. Segway Tours and he was able to host journalists from Australia, Germany and England during that recent event in Charlottetown. He took them on a two-hour Segway tour through the boardwalk in Summerside.”
Mundy said the group then took a plane from Slemon Park and toured Summerside from the air as well.
“They had a great visit and Greg is always an excellent ambassador for Summerside,” Mundy said. “After he left my office I, Googled P.E.I. Segway Tours and they were just named the number two attraction currently in the City of Summerside. Number one is the College of Piping and number two is P.E.I. Segway Tours on Trip Advisor.”