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Soccer leads the way for spike in tourism numbers in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG — The Women’s Fifa World Cup led a number of events that saw tourism numbers spike in Winnipeg this summer.

Linda Whitfield of Travel Manitoba says the June event saw a 50 per cent increase in border crossings from last year.

Meanwhile, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights had around 140,000 visits, a 30 per cent spike in the summer months.

More than 195,000 people enjoyed the company of animals at the Assiniboine Park Zoo, while FortWhyte Alive welcomed more than 18,000 visits.

Events such as Jazz Fest, the Fringe Festival and Downtown Biz also brought visitors to the downtown core.