Letter: This is based on facts!
- Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 July 2019 10:01
The idea of a new airport for western Cape Breton has stirred up a lot of conversation. Not all of that conversation has been based on facts. This one is.
While there are pockets of economic growth, Cape Breton continues to struggle in many respects – between 2011 and 2016, the island’s population decreased by over three per cent. Employment growth is sluggish, the population is aging, and far too many people are struggling.
Tourism, on the other hand, has been booming, offering a beacon of hope and opportunity. It’s not hard to see why – the island’s natural beauty, irresistible culture, and incredible tourism opportunities are drawing people from around the world. In Inverness County, average room nights sold from 2016-18 are up 33 per cent compared to 2012-14 – that’s massive growth.