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Cape Breton Anticipates Banner Year for Tourism

It's shaping up to be a banner tourism season on Cape Breton.

Some operators are reporting higher numbers through the spring, and others say bookings have been coming in earlier and in greater numbers than prior years.

"All indicators are that it's going to be a very strong season," said Dave Cameron, owner of Mabou River Inn. Bookings at his inn are up about 50 per cent compared to 2016, which was itself a strong year.

"So really a significant increase," he said.

In Baddeck, accommodations operators are seeing more of the same. Dick Grubb, owner of Baddeck Heritage House Bed and Breakfast, said he is almost totally booked up through to mid-October.

"The bookings came in extremely early this year, starting in November, December, January, as opposed to February, March and April," he said. 

The Celtic Music Interpretive Centre in Judique has been seeing travelers arriving earlier than usual.

"Even around April we had some international visitors. And certainly by the beginning of May there was a fair number at all our Sunday ceilidhs every week," said executive director Cheryl Smith.

"I haven't really seen that before."

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