Last week, Wolfville town council revised its land use bylaws to allow for a larger area in the community to have bed and breakfast operations. There were two prospective B&B operators sitting in the audience at the time.
There wasn’t a lot of public interest in the hearing around the change, although I’ve heard the town could potentially have several hundred more B&B’s as a result of the bylaw change. What will the market bear?
As it stands, Wolfville has 10 inns and B&Bs with official sanction from the tourism folks in the province. Unofficially, there are eight places that I could locate on the Internet that rent rooms or houses to the vacationing public.
Kentville, on the other hand, has fewer rooms for rent to travellers. There are a couple of B&Bs and two motels in the west end of the community. Allen’s Motel, in particular, has a stellar reputation, but only so many rooms.
Last week, Kentville council learned that the Best Western chain, which has about six hotels in Nova Scotia, had expressed some degree of interest in filling the void left by the loss of the Pineview Inn. The town’s hotel study indicated that a portion of the old rail lands might be a good location.
The province has said statistically that Nova Scotia welcomed an estimated 1.8 million overnight visitors in 2013, down three per cent compared to 2012.
Air traffic at Halifax Airport was down one per cent. Arrivals by road were down two…