Nova Scotia welcomed three per cent fewer visitors from January to June compared to 2010. Other indicators, such as cruise ship passengers, showed positive results. Room nights sold in the province were up by two per cent in the same period. “A challenging economic environment and continuing poor weather have likely had an impact on visitors travelling to the province by road,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “However, we are encouraged by the number of visitors arriving by air and cruise ship. We are working with our tourism partners to continue to attract more visitors to Nova Scotia to build our tourism industry and create good jobs that grow our economy.” Air travel has been consistently up this year, with an increase of nine per cent compared to 2010, while road travel to the province decreased by seven per cent. Motorcoach traffic showed a significant increase for the first six months of this year, with a 26 per cent increase over last year. The cruise ship season is off to a positive start. Halifax showed a 62 per cent increase in cruise visitors year to date over last year and Sydney was up 28 per cent. In June, visitors to Nova Scotia decreased by two per cent overall compared to last year. Air travel was up by two per cent, while road travel decreased by three per cent. Domestic travel to the province was down three per cent year to date. Visits from Ontario increased by one per cent and visits from Western Canada increased by 10 per cent. Visits from Quebec were up by five per cent, while visits from Atlantic Canada decreased by six per cent. Visits from the United States were down five per cent year to date compared to last year, but results for June were on par with 2010. Total overseas visits were up six per cent for the year. Results for Germany are up 53 per cent, while visits from the UK were down 25 per cent. Tourism statistics vary across the province. Detailed results can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/econ/tourism/research/latest-activity-updates.asp . Nova Scotia’s comprehensive system for reporting monthly tourism statistics includes counting non-resident overnight visitors at 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.