Operators leery of Marine Atlantic hike
Thomas said Marine Atlantic does have a good product and lauded the ships used by the Crown Corporation. But the increasing costs, he said, could slowly undermine the tire traffic to the island.
In a recent news Football Cleats Size 7 release, Hospitality NL spoke out against the ferry fee increases, stating that fares have jumped 11 per cent in the last three years.
In recent years the Deer Lake Regional Airport has seen its passenger traffic increase significantly, with each of the last four years breaking the record of the previous.
The airport ended 2013 with a 1.5 per cent increase in passenger traffic throughout the year. Just over 310,700 took off from or landed at the facility, up by about 4,700 in the previous year. That is obviously something in the west coast's favour, said White, but increasing the cost to the consumer of the ferry service could still affect the area.
That, said the manager of the Holiday Inn Express in Deer Lake, is one saving grace.
Provincial tourism has seen steady increases in recent years, but some hotel operators say any increase in the cost of getting tourists into the province is never a good thing.
We have cancelled our trip to NL as with the ferry increase and tourist operator comments about the rising costs of the ferry THEY should look at themselves ! The B and B's especially over the last few years, in certain areas, have constantly raised their prices as much as 10 plus % annually.
In the north part of Gros Morne National Park, Cow Head operators are also watching the fee increases. Shallow Bay Motel manager Darryl House said it is worrisome to see prices go up in any industry, but tourism can be more fragile than others.
Under the new price structure a family of four, including two children, will pay $233.40 up almost $7. A two or four berth cabin has gone up in price by $3.83 on Port aux Basques crossings to $126.50. Cabin daytime rates are up by $1.53 to $53.30.
"I think when the (Labrador) highway is completed it will be much better for us," she said. "The more traffic we get, the better it will be."
price will increase from $42.25 to $43.43. Two adults travelling with a vehicle will now pay more than $200, up from $194.37.
The announcement of a Marine Atlantic fee hike has some local tourism operators nervous it could signal the beginning of a weaker tourism season than in recent years.
We still live in a fragile economy and your costs are not helping tourists when most people today are budget conscious . Do yourselves a favour and hold your prices for awhile. You have the most wonderful ads on various advertising outlets but the costs of getting there and while there is getting too high for the average " tourist " . A lot of people that I have talked to are staying in the Maritimes !
Ken Thomas, co owner of the Seaside Suites in Woody Point, said raising the ferry fees is going in the wrong direction, and he said the service should be more subsidized.
and I haven't seen the justification for this yet," he said. "If nothing else, I think it's important (for Marine Atlantic) to explain why it's going up so much."
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White said limited car rentals means people need to take the ferry if they want a car when they get here.
"It's expensive enough now, never mind after this," said House. "Tourism is a funny thing. I've been in this long enough to know that it's like a wave it's always fluctuating."
"It doesn't help with fees going up year after year. It's not an easy route to travel and it's expensive," said Roseanne White. "We do have more airport traffic coming in, which is great, but sometimes there aren't enough car rentals, which they sometimes struggle with."
Monday, the ferry service released its rate schedule for the next two years, which shows a three per cent increase over last year. As of April, the average single adult Nike Football Air Max Pack
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