File photo.

File photo.

Statistics released Tuesday shows June was a banner month for tourism on the Island compared to a year ago.

In its Tourism Bulletin for Victoria and Nanaimo, Chemistry Consulting says 25 of the 40 Victoria area hotels that took part in the survey reported occupancy rates over 90 per cent last month, compared to 11 last year in the same period.

The average occupancy in June was 89.76 per cent, a seven per cent jump from the same month in 2017.

Hotels are showing a near two per cent increase in hotel occupancy so far in 2018.

The cost to get a room was also higher in June compared to a year ago, going from an average daily rate of $196.91 to $223.26.

There was a near seven per cent jump in Nanaimo for hotel occupancy last month, with an average of 83.94 per cent.

The average cost was $140.84, up from the average rate of $131.63 last year.

Cruise ship passengers arriving in Victoria went up in June and holding above last year’s pace.

There were 142,028 passengers in June, up five per cent from last year, and overall there have been 1.25 per cent more passengers arriving in Victoria on a cruise ship in 2018.