Charlottetown Airport traffic hits all-time high in July

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While the airport hits new highs, traffic on Northumberland Ferries falls by 4.9 per cent in July, partly due to mechanical problems

An all-time record month at the Charlottetown Airport contributed to what is so far being described as a positive year for the tourism industry on Prince Edward Island, according to Tourism Minister Robert Henderson.

The Charlottetown Airport reported a 5.8 per cent increase in passenger traffic year-to-date after a record month that saw a 12 per cent increase in traffic compared to July 2013.  

The Confederation Bridge is up 2.9 per cent on the year after a 1.2 per cent increase in traffic in July.

The news is not so good at Northumberland Ferries.

Ferry traffic is down 2.2 per cent year-to-date and down 4.9 per cent in July, but a reduced schedule due to mechanical problems is partially to blame for the decrease.

“The province’s tourism industry, Tourism P.E.I. and P.E.I. 2014 Inc. have worked very hard to promote Prince Edward Island as the place to be in 2014, and it looks like that hard work has paid off so far this year,” said Henderson.

“The excitement surrounding the 2014 celebrations, increased business at the Prince Edward Island Convention Centre and all of our strong traditional offerings like beaches, culinary and beautiful scenery combined to help increase visitation. We look forward to more good news in August.”

 Figures reported to the province by industry show a 4.5 per cent increase in room nights sold so far in 2014. July was the sixth straight month that room nights sold increased compared to last year.

Site nights sold at local campgrounds are up 3 per cent on the year after a 5.6 per cent increase in July.

Non-member rounds at local golf courses are down 10.6 per cent year-to-date.

Visits to provincial museums are also down 15.9 per cent so far in 2014.

However, visits to Province House are up substantially at 32.9 per cent, and visits to Green Gables House are up 13.2 per cent on the year.

 “The numbers through the end of July are a very positive sign that we are inching ever closer to our goal of a five per cent increase in tourism revenue in 2014,” said John-Anthony Langdale, the chairman of the Tourism Advisory Council.

“We still have a long way to go, and our performance during August and September will be a key to our success, but the industry has every reason to be optimistic about the 2014 tourism season.”

 

JUST THE FACTS

Tourism provides more than 7,000 full-time equivalent jobs for Islanders. It accounts for approximately $380 million in economic activity each year and seven per cent of GDP, the highest percentage of any Canadian province.

Organizations: Charlottetown Airport, Prince Edward Island Convention Centre, Province House Green Gables House Tourism Advisory Council

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island

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  • ivan
    September 03, 2014 - 15:53

    Yes, it would be nice to see how many of these people, passing through the airport, do so, because they have to to make a living elsewhere. As a matter of fact it would be nice to know how much of the taxpayers money spend on this 2014 party remained on the Island. All the signs and promotional materials were done off island, and the mugs and scarves given out in the airport were made China, - and we know that the artist and promoters took the money with them when they left, ----- we could have had a beautiful provincial museum, to be enjoyed for generations, instead of all this senseless orgy of entertainment and partying, --- guess Ghiz did RIGHT though, is one should believe the poll today.

  • Alberta bound
    September 03, 2014 - 13:10

    Why not do a survey to see how many people are flying to Alberta out of this province every month and look at numbers there not all tourist I hate to tell you

  • julius
    September 03, 2014 - 12:49

    Of course, - every possible government meeting and gathering, has been designed to descend on PEI this "anniversary' year, to make the spending of $ 29 mill. look good. What did it cost to fan out across the country to entice 'the world' to come to PEI . Give away of cell- phones in Toronto airport, food and receptions everywhere acorss Canada, - greetings in our local airport by flocks of identically dressed Tourism PEI teenagers giving away scarves, mugs and candy? So go ahead and Brag, Mr. Henderson, but it just reminds us of what our taxes has gone to, when we are forced curb our spending on healthy food for our children. (Not to mention deposits on juice boxes, -) A despicable government that has no shame when it comes to punishing the poor and feeding the rich..

  • bob from cardigan
    September 03, 2014 - 11:09

    nice free advertisment for toursim pei and goverment of pei guardain! why not do some real anyalis. how mcuh of the 29 million wasterd was returned to the economy and not just friends pockets.

    • Bob from the library
      September 03, 2014 - 13:10

      How is an article in a local newspaper an advertisement for Tourism PEI, Bob? Are you implying that Tourism PEI is promoting tourism to people who already live in PEI? There are both positive and negative figures in this article, Bob. And yet you're still angry. If all the tourism numbers were down you'd be angry. And if all the tourism numbers were up, you'd still be angry because it's a "free advertisement" for Tourism PEI. Are you ever happy, Bob?