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Friday,  May 24, 2024 4:13 AM 

Halifax tourism continues to grow

Halifax tourism continues to grow

Tourism in the Halifax region has seen significant growth in the last three years, largely driven by an increase in leisure travellers.

Visitation is up 4.3 per cent for the first half of the year, benefiting local hotels, restaurants, transportation and retail businesses to the tune of approximately $22 million, said Jeff Ransome, chairman of the board for Destination Halifax.

The latest figures also represent the third consecutive year of growth for the province's tourism industry, growing 10.4 per cent since 2013.

The local tourism industry generates $120 million in provincial sales tax, $130 million in federal tax revenue (for the province of Nova Scotia) and $14.5 million in property taxes for the municipality of Halifax.

Tourism is a $2 billion industry in Nova Scotia, with roughly half (54 per cent) of all visitor spend occurring in Halifax, and 5.5 million overnight stays each year.