Maritime tourism operators look forward to a promising summer

Published on : Tuesday, May 18, 2021

During the May long weekend, many tourism operators witness increase of visitors and bookings, but in the current scenario, few are making vacation plans up till now.

The summer months bring out the beauty in Cape Breton Island, along with prospective business for tourism operators.

But for the second straight year, COVID-19 is creating a lot of ambiguity regarding what the summer tourism season will bring.

Terri Shobbrook, owner of a bed and breakfast in Kempt Head, N.S. said, “In 2019 it was great. There has hardly been anything since then. I went from 100 per cent occupancy, to about 1 per cent. It’s sad.”

Shobbrook said that it has been a rollercoaster ride since the Atlantic bubble burst in November, and Nova Scotia went back into lockdown in April.

Parks Canada said that they are delaying opening of all campgrounds, visitor centres, and most attractions while provincial measures are in place.

“The tourism industry needs every little bit of help it can get,” said Terry Smith, the CEO of Destination Cape Breton.
Smith opined that it is indeed tough for businesses to be shut down for the May long-weekend.

However, Smith is confident that with increasing vaccinations, COVID cases will start going down, allowing for a promising summer season for those who work in the Maritime tourism industry.

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