PEI Tourism DownCHARLOTTETOWN — Prince Edward Island has been hit with a slow start to tourism season, a problem some are contributing to the high Canadian dollar and high gas prices.

A report compiled by Tourism P.E.I., explains that, in May, bridge, air and ferry traffic were down eight per cent, 1.8 per cent and 6.7 per cent, respectively. The only positive indicator was in cruise-ship traffic, which increased by 538.3 per cent. Likewise visitor enquiries via web, call centres and mail-out kits were down by 31.1 per cent, 33.9 per cent and 67.3 per cent respectively.

Bill Kendrick, operator of the Briarcliffe Inn in Bedeque, was not surprised by the numbers. “That [report] reflects very much the numbers that we’ve seen at our particular operation,” he told CBC News.


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