05/25/2012 10:58 EDT | Updated 07/25/2012 05:12 EDT

Nova Scotia reports boost in tourism for first three months of this year

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's Tourism Department says 295,800 people visited the province in the first three months of this year — a 12 per cent increase compared to the same period last year.

Air travel is up five per cent, while road travel to the province went up by 16 per cent.

Domestic travel to Nova Scotia increased by 12 per cent and visits from the United States were up by 31 per cent.

But room nights sold in the province were down by three per cent.