May 31, 2023
For Immediate Release
St. John’s, NL – Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador (Hospitality NL), the voice of the tourism industry in Newfoundland and Labrador, is pleased with Marine Atlantic’s decision to delay the implementation of the recently announced fuel surcharge until at least December 1, 2023. Hospitality NL expressed concern on how the increased surcharge would have negative impacts on the tourism industry and residents. Marine Atlantic has taken our concerns into account thus allowing tourism operators and travelers to better plan and adjust.
Hospitality NL will continue to advocate to the federal government that the percentage of cost recovery be lowered and funding for Marine Atlantic be set over an extended period so that it enables long-term planning, allows for pricing that does not erode the level of service or deter travellers and is sufficient to drive continuous improvement and cost efficiency in the service. Marine Atlantic needs to work towards providing a stable rate that includes a lower fuel surcharge. Long-term federal funding would facilitate stable pricing.
The tourism industry in Newfoundland and Labrador relies heavily on affordable transportation options to attract visitors to our province. As such, any changes to fuel surcharges or other increases in rates can have a significant impact on the overall cost of travel to and from the province.
We encourage ongoing dialogue and collaboration with Marine Atlantic and other stakeholders to explore options that allow for a gradual and measured approach to cost recovery. By doing so, we can minimize the impact on tourism businesses and maintain our province’s competitiveness as a desirable tourism destination.
As the provincial tourism industry association, Hospitality NL remains committed to advocating for the interests of our members and the broader tourism sector. We will continue to work closely with Marine Atlantic and other partners to address these concerns and find sustainable solutions that support the growth and long-term success of Newfoundland and Labrador’s tourism industry.
Once again commend Marine Atlantic for their responsiveness and engagement with our industry, and we look forward to continued collaboration as we navigate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
“The decision by Marine Atlantic for their decision to delay the implementation of the updated fuel surcharge was welcome news by our members. It is encouraging to see that Marine Atlantic has listened to our feedback and considered the potential impact on tourism. While we appreciate the temporary relief this delay provides, we must also remain cautious about future cost recovery measures, surcharges or increases in rates.”
Deborah Bourden, Chair, Hospitality NL
P: 709-722-2000 ext. 232