Tourism operators in Newfoundland and Labrador praise eased travel restrictions

 Tuesday, February 8, 2022 


Tourism operators in Newfoundland and Labrador agree that the province’s eased travel restrictions will be of great help for the struggling industry, although some still wonder if it will be enough.

Fully-vaccinated travelers will no longer have to isolate after they arriveat the province; however, theywill need to take a rapid COVID-19 test daily for five days after their arrival.

“It’s great news for us; it’s great news for Newfoundland,” said ClarahGermain, the director of the rooms division in the Alt Hotel in downtown St. John’s.

Germain said that the move will increase the number of business travelers coming to the province. She said that business travelers often don’t stay for very long, thus even a short isolation period is majorlyoff-putting to that clientele.

For tourism operators who don’t deal with business travelers, the relaxed restrictions might not do much to improve the bottom line.

“People don’t trust loosening it,” said Ed English of Linkum Tours in Corner Brook, a company operating two lighthouse inns as well as a series of boat tours.

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