Travel agencies tack on currency fee for winter getaways
Low Canadian dollar to blame for surcharge, but it's not stopping vacationers
Travel operators in Manitoba are adding a currency surcharge to customers' winter getaways, blaming the low Canadian dollar.
As the loonie sank below 90 cents US on Thursday — its lowest level since July 2009 — tour operators across Canada are introducing the extra fee per passenger for travel to sun destinations where their costs are in U.S. dollars.
Ron Pradinuk of Journeys Travel says the surcharge has been, on average, around $25 to $35.
But the few extra dollars don't appear to be changing the minds of Manitobans eager to escape the winter weather, he said.
"The cold weather has created something I haven't seen in a long time — almost a herding mentality to get out of town," Pradinuk said Thursday.
Travellers like Val Waller, who is heading to Cuba next week, say they are definitely keen to get away.
"You can't imagine how much. I mean, this winter is killing us with the cold and the snow," she said.