Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) tourism numbers were down in September over last year, but a strong August still has the Island industry on track for a record year, according to CBC.

2018 ended a string of four record years for the province, with numbers down only slightly.

An excellent August pushed the Island back into a record-setting pace for 2019. Stays were down 6.8% in September, but the strong summer has kept the industry in record territory.

But only just barely. For the year-to-date, total overnight stays are up just 0.15%.

The poor September did not come as a surprise. Speaking about the August numbers last month, Tourism Minister Matthew MacKay said post-tropical storm Dorian, which roared over the Island on Sept. 7, was expected to have a negative impact on visitation.

For the year-to-date, overnight stays from the traditional Maritime markets remain down, but strong numbers from other parts of Canada have picked up the slack.

  • New Brunswick: -5.8%.
  • Nova Scotia: -1.3%
  • Ontario: +1.5%.
  • Quebec: +5.4%.
  • Other provinces: +12.5%.

In a release on Tuesday (Nov. 26), the Department of Economic Growth, Tourism and Culture said preliminary estimates from Tourism P.E.I. project 1.6 million visitors to the province in 2019 with direct expenditures at about $505 million.

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