Statement by Premier Dennis King on National Tourism Week

Dennis King, Premier of Prince Edward Island issued the following statement recognizing National Tourism Week, May 23 - 30, 2021: 

“National Tourism Week certainly feels different this year, but I want to assure both Islanders and our dearly missed visitors, we are on our way to better, brighter days. 

With vaccinations rolling out in our province and across the country, we are on the road to recovery, and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

There is no denying tourism and its related businesses—accommodations, restaurants, tour bus, and the culture and event’s sectors— have taken the biggest hit during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last year, we saw operators from across the province challenge themselves to find new ways to adapt their business to our new normal. Through passion, drive and spirit, our industry has created some really exciting and unique tourism products that we hope stay for years to come.

This week, we recognize the tourism industry for their resiliency, adaptability and grit as we continue to navigate the impacts of this pandemic. These are certainly tough times for the industry, so I ask all Islanders to join me in supporting our local tourism operators and businesses this week – whether it be booking a staycation, purchasing a gift card, dining in their restaurant or buying tickets to a show – I ask you to show your support in any way you can. 

Together, let us start writing our Island bucket list of everything we want to try and everywhere we want explore this summer. When the time is right, we look forward to opening up our borders and welcoming visitors back to the world-class hospitality that we’re so well known for. In the mean time, take care and stay safe.” 

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