2016 was big tourism year for Fredericton

It was a record-setting year for tourism in Fredericton last year!

According to an annual study by McKellar, Cunningham and Associates commissioned by Fredericton Tourism, the city's tourism industry generated $258 million last year, up 7.8%.

The report called 2016 "a major breakout year" for Fredericton where the City emerged as one of the performance leaders in the Maritimes.

It was the 5th consecutive year of record-setting revenue for the industry, but the first increase of more than 5% in more than a decade.

David Seabrook, manager of Fredericton Tourism, says it was an extremely good year all round.

He says the exchange rate with the U.S. dollar help and there were lots of visitors from Ontario, Quebec and the United States.

Visits from U.S. and international visitors were up 10.9%, and those visitors spent $20.3 million in the City.

The City led the Maritimes in the key fall convention season, September and October, which in Fredericton includes the key tourism generator the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival.

Seabrook says he expects 2017 to be another good tourism year.