While some New Brunswick businesses are seeing higher-than-usual traffic, tourism activity hasn’t returned to 2019 levels.
Tourism operators in remote rural areas are being hit the hardest, while the labour shortage and inflation is making it hard for other businesses to operate.
“In terms of the return of tourists, we have not recovered to the 2019 level, but it has been a very strong season so far,” said Tammy Scott Wallace, Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture.
“And I’m quite thrilled with it.”
Wallace said the strongest rebound of visitors are those travelling from Ontario, but the number of international visitors has decreased.
Howard Heans, owner of Hardings Point Campground near Saint John, said his business is seeing a lot fewer travellers from the U.S.