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Nanaimo Tourism Bulletins

We’re pleased to report that all of the tourism indicators that we report in the Nanaimo Tourism Bulletin were up in 2016 compared to 2015. Of note, is that the accommodation sector ended the year with an average annual occupancy rate of almost 70% (which compares favourably to the 2016 national average of 64.5% reported by STR). With consideration being given to the development of a new marine attraction, events centre, passenger ferry service, and one or more hotels, Nanaimo is making positive steps to further enhance its tourism profile and visitor economy.

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December 31, 2016 by admin

In the more than 20 years that we’ve been producing the Nanaimo Tourism Bulletin, November occupancy rates have never exceeded 60% -- so this year’s November occupancy rate of 65% represents a notable increase in visitor activity in what is generally one of the slower tourism months of the year. November also saw very strong growth at the Nanaimo Airport (+12%) and the Vancouver Island Conference Centre (+19%). Although Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay ferry counts are down somewhat, when these counts are added to the Tsawwassen – Duke Point numbers the results show overall increases of 4.5% i

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November 30, 2016 by admin

Nanaimo should be pleased with the performance of its tourism sector in October. Despite some decline in Route 2 ferry traffic relative to October of last year, accommodation, airport and conference centre indicators are all up. Nanaimo’s tourism sector seems to be on a roll and it’s hoped that tourism promotion and marketing momentum will be maintained given the recent announcement that the community is changing how tourism marketing services are delivered.

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October 31, 2016 by admin

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