Total tourism overnight stays on P.E.I. in August were virtually the same as they were in 2012, according to numbers released by the province Friday morning.
"Last August was one of the best we’ve had in the last five years, so I am happy to see that we didn't regress, but actually maintained that strength,” said Tourism Minister Rob Henderson.
Fixed roof accommodations — hotels, motels, inns and B&Bs — showed some strength, up 2.4 per cent. Camping faded a little, with a drop of 1.2 per cent.
Business was down in the province's two most popular regions — Charlottetown and Green Gables Shore — but increases in other regions made up for that loss.
Travel up in August
Traffic through the Island's transportation links was up across the board, with continuing strength in motorcoach traffic, which was up 74.2 per cent over last August. That follows a 38.5 per cent increase in July.
Provincial parks had another strong month, up 22.7 per cent overall, following a 23.7 per cent increase in visitation in July. For the year visitation is up at every provincial park, with Basin Head and Beaconsfield seeing increases of close to 30 per cent.
Overnight stays are up 2.3 per cent for 2013. Henderson said he is hearing from tourism operators that September has been a good month, so he is looking forward to strong year-end results for the industry.