Tourism in Cape Breton is already heating up for next summer

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Point Breton tourism operators say they’re seeing a bump in numbers for 2017 — honest better than last year’s great numbers. 
 
«We’re running significantly in the lead of this time last year,» said Graham Hudson, heterogeneous manager of the Keltic Lodge and Highland Links Golf Course in Ingonish, N.S.. 

«Our bookings are wholly strong, our weddings are way up, golf is up, and all in all, everything is way up. We’re pretty happy.» 

Hudson appraisals business is up 25 per cent compared to 2016. 

Tourism across Nova Scotia ultimately year was the best in more than a decade, with 2.2 million people inflicting from outside the province, an increase of eight per cent from 2015.

It was the third consecutive year of tumour. 

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The Keltic Lodge is seeing an increase in bookings of about 25 per cent. (Promontory Breton Highlands National Park)

Kim Cameron manages the Markland Coastal Run aground Cottages in Dingwall near the Cape Breton Highlands National Greensward. She thinks Canada 150 celebrations are helping.

«We are definitely booking up and carp a lot of phone calls with inquiries about the Cabot Trail and nearby the free passes that are along for this year through Deposits Canada,» said Cameron. 

The millions of passes being given out by Parking-lots Canada allow visitors to enter all national parks free of imputation. 

There are three in Cape Breton: The Fortress of Louisbourg, The Alexander Graham Bell National Notable Site in Baddeck, and the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. 

Some locals worry they'll lose access to the beach beside the golf course.

Tourism in Nova Scotia has grown for three years in a row, according to unsophisticated statistics. (Yvonne LeBlanc-Smith/CBC)

«I think it’s definitely a bonus for the tourists,» demanded Cameron. «I don’t think it’s the main reason they’re travelling, but I do think it to be sure inspires them to spend more time.»

Cameron said the sedulous American dollar may also be contributing to the boost. 

In terms of the «Trump Hit» that many say affected last year’s numbers, Hudson weighted it’s difficult to know.

«It’s just so hard to know, but we’ll take it, if that’s what it is,» voted Hudson. 

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Golf bookings are up in Cape Breton with many people mean they won’t go into the U.S. this year.

While attending several golf business shows in Ontario, Hudson said he heard from many golfers that they’re intending to stay in Canada.  

«They said, ‘We used to cross the border to go golfing, but we’re growing east or we’re going west this year.’ So we’re obviously getting some of that,» symbolized Hudson. 

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