Two per cent more visitors came to Nova Scotia and room nights sold were up eight per cent in September compared to the same month last year. The number of tourists so far this year is still on par with 2005 at about 1.7 million. All regions reported increases in room nights sold, from four per cent in the Halifax region to 19 per cent on the Eastern Shore. “We’re pleased to see an increase in visitors in September and we’ll continue to monitor the industry’s performance,” said Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Len Goucher. “Planning with our industry partners for next year is well underway and we’re taking into account all the factors affecting the competitive global tourism industry.” Two per cent fewer visitors came by air and four per cent more came by road in September. More Canadians visited Nova Scotia in September 2006 than in September 2005. There was a seven per cent increase in visitors from Atlantic Canada, 12 per cent increase from Quebec and 27 per cent increase from Western Canada. There were three per cent fewer visitors from Ontario. Following the national trend, visitation was down 13 per cent from the United States and down by 11 per cent from overseas in September compared to the same month last year. Nova Scotia’s comprehensive system for reporting tourism statistics includes counting overnight visitors — while excluding Nova Scotia residents — at all entry points to the province, and gathering the number of room nights sold from all licensed accommodation operators around the province. Detailed tourism statistics can be found on the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc/pubs/insights .