People working in tourism say that this autumn is better than they expected in Canada’s Prince Edward Island, but there are challenges to overcome, a report said.
The main issue is the ongoing shortage of workers, according to The Tourism Industry Association of P.E.I.
“It’s causing a lot of our operators to reduce hours maybe, close on certain days because they can’t deliver the type of service that our visitors have come to expect,” said TIAPEI CEO Corryn Clemence.
Cottage operators are experiencing solid bookings through the fall season, while motorcoach travel is getting back to normal.
The group said P.E.I. COVID-19’s border control requiring visitors to be double vaccinated or self-isolated appears to benefit tourism since visitors feel more secure when they arrive.
A few significant events in recent times did need to be canceled, such as the P.E.I. Shellfish Festival and the Harvest Home Festival in Rollo Bay. But, the annually-held Fall Flavours Festival on P.E.I. continues to go on, and the ticket sales have been up.
TIAPEI claims that, even though the pandemic is challenging, the company is pleased with its fall season visitors and plans to develop events that will attract more winter visitors.