Low loonie attracting U.S. tourists to P.E.I. this summer
Island tourism operators already reporting increased bookings from States
There's an Island upside to the low Canadian dollar: tourism operators say they're expecting to have a fantastic summer season.
Several hotels are reporting that bookings from south of the border are already up, and they've been getting a lot of calls lately.
While new bookings are good for business, there's a changing trend in why people are coming, according to Leslie.
"We always question people, what brings you to PEI, what brings you to Charlottetown and our hotel?" she explained. "And last year we found there was quite a bit with the Canadian dollar, so we're hoping this year it will pretty well double the impact of what we had last year."
Cashing in on the low loonie is something many tourism operators on P.E.I. plan on.
Most feel the dollar has increased the demand for rooms.
U.S. inquiries up
Mouflier says there's still more business out there that could be heading to P.E.I.
"Not enough Americans know about what the value of their dollar is," he said. "So again, it's in marketing it effectively and getting the word out whether it be from the operator level when people are booking or through marketing, through the province."
It's not just U.S. customers being attracted to P.E.I.
Hotel operators say people from other parts of the country that would normally vacation in the U.S. are having second thoughts because of the dollar exchange rate, and are booking vacations on the Island instead.