Quebec visitors a concern for tourism industry

A drop in the number of visitors from Quebec to P.E.I. has raised concerns in the local tourism industry.

A drop in the number of visitors from Quebec to P.E.I. has raised concerns in the local tourism industry.

Don Cudmore expects Quebec visitor numbers will rebound for the tourism industry next year. (CBC)

Overall, business increased for the industry in July compared to last year, with total overnight stays up 2.5 per cent. But visitation from Quebec in July fell 5.0 per cent.

"The issues in Quebec with regards to the construction industry - which is a big part of our end of July, early August numbers - are the people that take a two-week holiday from the factories and construction and come to this area," said Cudmore.

"Those numbers are down because there's been some issues with the construction and the factories there. So you know, that's the one that is certainly of a concern because when they do come they do stay quite a length of stay.They spend some money when they're here."

But Cudmore said early numbers for August look strong. He expects Quebec numbers will be back up next year.

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