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New record for P.E.I. tourism

John Martin, in red, owner of P.E.I. Tours and Experiences, cooks up a feed of lobsters for clients right on the beach in West Point. Martin feels the increase in tourism numbers in western P.E.I. will fuel future tourism growth.
John Martin, in red, owner of P.E.I. Tours and Experiences, cooks up a feed of lobsters for clients right on the beach in West Point. Martin feels the increase in tourism numbers in western P.E.I. will fuel future tourism growth. - Eric McCarthy/Journal Pioneer

Visitor numbers surpass one million overnight stays

Overnight stays on Prince Edward Island have surpassed the one-million mark for the first time ever.

Total overnight stays measures room nights sold at roofed accommodations combined with campground site nights sold. The next-highest total was 964,671, which was achieved in 2016.

“2017 has been another amazing year for the industry, for the Cavendish region, and for our business,” Fairway Cottages owner Sandi Lowther said.

Tourism PEI is also projecting record spending levels and total visitation for 2017.

“The credit for this incredible accomplishment goes to tourism industry operators, business owners and everyday Islanders who work so hard to promote our province and make it one of the best vacation destinations in the world,” Tourism Minister Heath MacDonald said. “We’ve had many successes in tourism over the last few years - including four-straight record years - and we continue to work hard to ensure this industry remains one of the reasons why Prince Edward Island is mighty.”

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