New Brunswick tourism witnesses 10% increase in visitors this year

Published on : Wednesday, November 22, 2017

New Brunswick tourismThe New Brunswick’s tourism industry witnessed a 10 per cent increase in visitors between September and June this year, despite the 26 per cent drop at Parlee Beach.

Hopewell Rocks saw the most tourists this summer, with 282,202 people visiting the historic landmark, and this marks a 17 per cent from last year.

Second highest was the Kings Landing Historical Settlement with 32,949, an increase of 19 per cent since last year.

The third highest increase in visitors was Kingsbrae Gardens, followed by the New Brunswick Botanical Garden, and the Roosevelt Campobello International Park, Village Historique Acadian, New Brunswick Aquarium and Marine Centre, and the New Brunswick Museum.

To quote John Ames, the Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, “Our government is very pleased with this year’s tourism sector. We’re on a pretty darn good trend right now.”
However, there were also tourist attractions that saw decreases.

Several tourist attractions saw a drop in their numbers, including the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, which was under construction during the summer, and where visitor numbers dropped two per cent. The Fundy Trail also dropped two per cent and Le Pays de la Sagouine dropped a total of seven per cent. Parlee Beach, which saw a 26 per cent decrease, had water quality issues throughout the summer.

Ames said Parlee Beach has always been a favorite tourist spot for the province and water quality issues shouldn’t make its appeal diminish.

Ames said, “All departments in our government are working together to make sure that we can do the best we can, ensuring due diligence. I’m very confident as we steer toward the future we will embark on a safer place for people to recreate.”


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