Hopes high for good tourist season, despite slow start

  • Jun. 11, 2003 3:00 p.m.

The tourist season is just starting to get underway on the islands, but despite the recent balmy weather, it seems like there are fewer visitors around.
“I think there are far less,” said Cacilia Honisch, owner of Cacilia’s Bed and Breakfast in Tlell, adding that the number of international guests is especially down. “There are more Canadians, and it’s slower.”
However, it’s early in the season, and she is starting to receive reservations for the summer, Ms Honisch said.
At Gracie’s Place in Queen Charlotte, the same story. Owner Grace Flanagan said there have been less visitors so far this year compared to other years, and she’s not sure why.
In Port Clements, Urs Thomas of the Golden Spruce Motel has also noticed fewer tourists. He speculated that the strength of the Canadian dollar may be luring more visitors to the United States instead of Canadian destinations.
But Mr. Thomas said he has high hopes for the summer, noting that BC is seen as a safe place to visit, and within driving distance of the United States. He recently spoke to staff from several visitor information centres, and they were all optimistic.
“Most people I was talking to were expecting a good season,” Mr. Thomas said.