first_imgNova Scotia is showing an overall gain in its tourism numbers to the end of November, welcoming 2,013,800 visitors, an increase of one per cent compared with 2009. In the month of November, the number of visitors increased by four per cent, compared with 2009. “Tourism operators in Nova Scotia are working hard to deliver top-notch experiences in every region to make the province a premier travel destination,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “This is reflected in an increase in the overall number of visitors to the province, helping to build the industry and create good jobs that grow the economy.” Room nights sold in the province rose five per cent in November, compared with last year. From January to November, they are up one per cent. Road travel to the province increased by three per cent in the first 11 months of the year, and two per cent in November. Air travel is up nine per cent for the month, decreasing three per cent so far this year. Between January and November, overall domestic travel to the province showed two per cent growth. Visits from Atlantic Canada grew by three per cent, Quebec visits are up four per cent, while Ontario visits increased one per cent compared with last year. Western Canadian visitors are down seven per cent for the first eleven months. Visits from Germany increased by 11 per cent, while United Kingdom visits fell seven per cent and total overseas visitors decreased seven per cent year to date. Visits from the United States are down two per cent in the same time period. Traffic to the novascotia.com website has grown by seven per cent year to date. Tourism statistics vary across the province. Detailed results can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/tch/tourism/facts-figures.aspx . Nova Scotia’s comprehensive system for reporting monthly tourism statistics includes counting non-resident overnight visitors at all entry points to the province and gathers the number of room nights sold from licensed accommodation operators. Tourism is an important contributor to Nova Scotia’s economy. In 2008, the industry employed more than 31,000 people and generated revenues of $1.82 billion.last_img read more


The city of Hamilton is considering the sale of the downtown property that Jackson Square sits on. City staff are hoping to get permission to negotiate with the mall’s owner, Yale Properties, about a potential sale at today’s meeting of the general issues committee.Yale Properties currently has 56 years left on its lease for the downtown property and is looking to add additional 50 years to the deal, but says they are open to talks about buying the property entirely. The mall’s owner says it needs to extend its lease to justify the recent and future renovations for Jackson Square.The city and Yale have been in talks for several months. According to a report last fall, Yale cited numerous problems with the building that required a complete overhaul, which in turn was an chance to redesign parts of the mall.The nearly 400,000 square foot mall spans two blocks along King St W between James and Bay street. In recent years Jackson Square has added the Anchor Bar and Nations Fresh Foods.Yale Properties says the renovations are long-term investments and need a longer lease term to spread the cost over a longer period.The GIC meeting will be held at 9:30 this morning.Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated the meeting start time as 9 o’clock. This has been corrected. read more