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P.E.I. is expecting up to 10,000 visitors for the Canada Winter Games adjacent month, and portion tourism operators are thrilled with the other concern successful a typically dilatory period, they besides spot it arsenic an accidental to lure them backmost successful the future.

Excitement gathering arsenic rooms publication during typically dilatory period

Shane Ross · CBC News

· Posted: Jan 17, 2023 5:00 AM EST | Last Updated: January 17

Corryn Clemence, CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Prince Edward Island.

Corryn Clemence, CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Prince Edward Island, says the Island is increasing into a year-round destination. (Shane Hennessey/CBC)

P.E.I. is expecting up to 10,000 visitors for the Canada Winter Games adjacent month, and portion tourism operators are thrilled with the other concern successful a typically slow period, they besides spot it arsenic an accidental to lure them backmost successful the future.

Corryn Clemence, CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Prince Edward Island, said excitement is gathering arsenic edifice bookings proceed to travel in, and they anticipation the momentum carries on when the games end.

"We speech a batch with the determination tourism operators and our destination selling organizations and Tourism P.E.I. connected however we tin benignant of seizure the attraction from immoderate of those visitors that are coming to say, 'Hey, it's large now, travel backmost again, travel backmost successful the summer, travel backmost successful the spring, travel backmost successful the fall,'" Clemence said.

"We are truly increasing into that year-round destination, truthful I deliberation we person a cleanable accidental to bash that."

Luke Thompson, impermanent services manager astatine the Holman Grand Hotel successful Charlottetown, said they have only a fewer rooms near during the games, which tally from Feb. 18 to March 5. 

"In presumption of February, it's dissimilar immoderate February we've ever seen," helium said.

"Traditionally, it's 1 of the quietest times of the twelvemonth for accommodations, and we're astir wholly afloat for the duration of the games truthful it's a boon for everybody."

Luke Thompson, impermanent services manager astatine the Holman Grand Hotel successful Charlottetown.

Luke Thompson, impermanent services manager astatine the Holman Grand Hotel successful Charlottetown, says bookings are 'unlike immoderate February we've ever seen.' (Shane Hennessey/CBC)

Clemence said the benefits widen beyond Charlottetown. 

"This is truly an Island-wide games, which is precise unsocial to immoderate different games that we would spot successful Canada."

The economical interaction for P.E.I. is estimated astatine much than $100 million, based connected a survey from the 2019 games held successful Red Deer, Alta. 

It's harmless to accidental that it volition beryllium a precise engaged 2 weeks connected the Island.— Garet Cameron

In an email to CBC News, Garet Cameron, manager of selling and communications for Canada Winter Games, said 10,000 country nights person already been sold for VIPs, sponsors, ngo unit and officials — not counting wide visitors and friends and household of participants.

"It's harmless to accidental that it volition beryllium a precise engaged 2 weeks connected the Island with the bulk of hotels successful Summerside and Charlottetown astatine adjacent to 100 per cent occupancy rates, good supra the seasonal averages for P.E.I. successful February and March."

Schools connected P.E.I. volition beryllium closed during the games, extending the regular wintertime break. It means an added bump for  wintertime destinations specified arsenic the Mill River Resort successful occidental P.E.I.

No layoffs astatine hotel

"Weekends are precise engaged but we person capableness passim the week," said edifice president Geoffrey Irving. 

"It is chiefly P.E.I. March Break traffic, with fewer rooms booked owed to the games."

It besides means immoderate hotels are capable to support employees connected the payroll longer.

"A batch of radical bash get laid disconnected astatine this, the archetypal quarter, but we haven't laid disconnected anyone and we're inactive successful the midst of gearing up," said Betty Anne Morrison, manager of income and selling astatine the Delta Prince Edward by Marriott.

"We inactive person a fewer much positions to capable but for the astir portion we're ready."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shane Ross is simply a writer with CBC News connected Prince Edward Island. Previously, helium worked arsenic a paper newsman and exertion successful Halifax, Ottawa and Charlottetown. You tin scope him astatine shane.ross@cbc.ca.

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With files from Wayne Thibodeau

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