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Published on : Thursday, July 6, 2017
To quote Shears, “It’s encouraging. It seems to be getting better every year. Tourism is not enough to sustain a town like St. Anthony, but it’s a big help. St. Anthony, like most outports, needs everything it can get.”
Shears also added that there are probable many factors at play behind the tourism boom, the major component being the low Canadian dollar though, which is actually attracting more ‘come from aways’ from overseas as well as within the country. “With the Canadian dollar so low, more Canadians are staying in Canada, and even going to the States is just too expensive now,” he said.
Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism’s are trying hard in promoting the province, also at the Iceberg Festival. This has been a big help in making June a successful month for tourism also. “It has all the makings of a fantastic year,” Shears said.
Tourists from Canada and other overseas countries like the U.S., Australia, Switzerland, Germany, France and Ireland came this year. He said with accommodations and hotels getting filled up for July and August, visitors are coming out earlier this year. Hotels like Desmond McDonald of the Grenfell Heritage Hotel and Suites had an occupancy rate of roughly 95 percent for June and is already booked for July.