Tourism numbers show positive trend

Sunday, June 19, 2016

The Windsor Star/Dan Taekema

Tourists are taking planes, buses and boats to visit Windsor-Essex in increasing numbers.

That’s the message Tourism Windsor-Essex Pelee Island presented during its annual general meeting.

Gordon Orr, CEO for TWEPI said the number of American visitors, bus traffic and even private boat and aircraft visits during the first quarter this year are all higher than they were at the same time last year.

Passenger vehicle visits alone are up 17 per cent and local tourism centres have seen 157 per cent more visitors.

Orr attributed the increases to a number of factors including the buying power of the American dollar, a mild winter and TWEPI’s marketing campaigns.

“We’re very optimistic for 2016. We’ve got a lot of reasons why people should visit.” said Orr, calling the numbers a sign of “momentum that hasn’t been seen for years.”

Orr added that the biggest segment of tourists to the area is still people visiting family or friends and encouraged locals to show off all that the region has to offer.

“We want to tell people to get their visitors off the couch, away from the dining room table and venture out to explore Windsor-Essex and brag about their local area.”