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Tourism operators in the Bella Coola Valley say they've had hundreds of cancellations due to B.C. ferry cuts

B.C. Ferries cut $19M in service reductions earlier this year.

Tourism operators in the Bella Coola Valley are feeling the fallout from major cuts made earlier this year

Among the cuts was the Discovery Coast Passage route, a sailing used during tourist season.

Petrus Rykes is director of the West Chilcotin Tourism Assocation. He says the fallout came almost immediately.

"Clearwater Lake Lodge... he usually gets 380 to 400 bookings, and he was down to about 37 bookings, 36 bookings. That's down 90 percent," says Rykes. He says other tourism operators have seen similar drops.

Rykes also says he's frustrated by the lack of support from B.C. Ferries or the provincial government.

"We wrote five letters... we never got one response."

Listen to the full interview below:

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