Nova Scotia tourism sector registers third consecutive year of growth

The Nova Scotia government says the province's tourism industry had its best year in history last year.

Figures released Friday show 2.2 million visitors came to the province in 2016 – an increase of eight per cent over 2015.

Tourism revenue climbed by five per cent to an estimated $2.6 billion.

That's a 28 per cent jump compared to 2010 numbers.

Tourism Nova Scotia says the province saw the biggest area of growth from the U.S. – with the number of American tourists increasing by 14 per cent.

Officials say the number of room nights sold jumped by four per cent to 2.6 million, with Cape Breton seeing the biggest increase.