Tourism Returns to the Island: Prince Edward Island’s Travel Markets Outlook to 2025

The Conference Board of Canada, 11 pages, September 22, 2021
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This report contains a review of and outlook for tourism activity in Prince Edward Island, assessing the impact of COVID-19 and the public health restrictions on tourism. It examines domestic, U.S., and overseas activity.

Document Highlights

  • The recovery of the tourism industry in Prince Edward Island is well under way, with major gains in store for the second half of 2021.
  • The introduction of the PEI Pass in July, which allows for non-essential travel without the need for isolation, will be a major boon for tourism to the Island.
  • Total visits to the province are forecast to increase by 52.5 per cent this year.
  • P.E.I. is a popular destination known for its sandy beaches, gastro-tourism, and luxurious golf courses, which will appeal to potential visitors. With the return of cruise ships to Port Charlottetown next year—taking advantage of the new second berth—we expect tourism to return to pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2022.
  • There are significant risks, however, especially with new variants, that could push public health agencies to recommend further restrictive measures. Our forecast assumes that there will not be another major shutdown and that vaccination levels will continue to rise in P.E.I. and in major source markets.

Table of Contents

Key findings
Prince Edward Island snapshot
Domestic activity
United States and overseas
Overall performance

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