Tourism numbers high after Winnipeg’s busy summer

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WINNIPEG — Between the warm weather and dozens of events happening around the city, it was a recipe for a good summer. From the CMHR to the zoo, Winnipeg’s biggest hot spots saw an increase in numbers from last year.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights had around 140,000 visits, a 30 per cent spike in the summer months. Over 195,000 people enjoyed the company of animals at the Assiniboine Park Zoo, while FortWhyte Alive welcomed over 18,000 visits.

Travel Manitoba said the increase in June was largely due to the Women’s Fifa World Cup.

“The latest border crossing numbers we have are from June, where we saw a 50 per cent increase from last year,” said Linda Whitfield. “It was the perfect storm for a great summer.”

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The new events and festivals held in Winnipeg’s downtown also brought thousands through the core.

“We estimated there is 138 events in 92 days and that’s just Downtown Biz,” said Jason Syvixay from the Downtown Biz. “There was also Jazz Fest, Fringe Fest, there was a lot of activity.”

While events help to bring in tourists, locals and visitors sharing on social media are also a big draw to check out Winnipeg’s gems.

“Winnipeggers like to share great events they’re attending, food they’re eating at the food truck wars,” said Syvixay.

Travel Manitoba said their ExploreMB hashtag has really caught on in the last few months. On Instagram, over 58,000 photos around Manitoba have been posted with that hashtag.

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