Nanaimo Tourism Bulletins

Nanaimo Tourism Bulletins

Despite the dreary weather we experienced in March, Nanaimo showed impressive growth in many of the indicators that we track. Occupancy for the month and year to date both climbed by approximately 7.5% over 2016 figures. RevPAR was also strong with an $8.45 increase for March over the same month in 2016 and $10.31 increase year to date. BC Ferries traffic on the Tsawwassen-Duke Point run continues to be positive and bus traffic on both routes showed very strong numbers in March.

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March 31, 2017 by admin

February was a relatively positive month for tourism in Nanaimo. Although ferry and airport numbers declined somewhat, this is partly attributable to 2016 being a leap year and to poor weather conditions which put a ‘damper’ on travel activity between the island and mainland. However, the accommodation sector continues to perform well and realized a 67% average occupancy rate in February (with one property closed for renovations) which is up 11% over last year and was likely influenced by a 50% increase in conference centre activity.

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February 28, 2017 by admin

January tends to be a quiet month for tourism in many communities and, as such, it’s encouraging to see Nanaimo’s tourism indicators starting strong in 2017: January occupancy was 48.6% (up over 6% compared to January of last year), there were almost 13 times the number conference centre delegate days, and the number of airport passengers grew by almost 4.4%. Although ferry numbers were down on the Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay route, this decline was largely offset by traffic growth on the Tsawwassen-Duke Point route.

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January 30, 2017 by admin


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