Hospitality NL frustrated with continued cost increases at Marine Atlantic

For immediate release

January 25, 2018 – Once again, travellers on Marine Atlantic will see an increase in the total cost of travel to and from Newfoundland and Labrador. Despite no tariff increases to passenger fares, vehicle fares or the drop trailer management fee, Marine Atlantic customers will still pay more for the service this year due to an increase in the fuel surcharge.

“It is disheartening to see that year after year, under varying circumstances, the bottom line cost to Marine Atlantic travellers has continually increased,” says Hospitality NL Chair, Dion Finlay. “Marine Atlantic serves as a vital link between this province and the rest of Canada and is a primary gateway for growing inbound tourism. It is important not only for the future growth and development of the tourism industry, but also for all residents and industries in this province.”

Hospitality NL continues to advocate to the Government of Canada that the percentage of Marine Atlantic’s cost recovery from consumers be lowered. Funding for Marine Atlantic must 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 is a critical enabler of private industry investment and with a solid commitment to sufficient, sustained funding, can help drive job creation and economic diversity throughout Atlantic Canada.

Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador is the provincial tourism industry association dedicated to advancing growth in tourism through advocacy efforts, skills and knowledge development and membership opportunities.


Media Contact:
Melissa Ennis
Manager, Policy & Communications
Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador
P: 709-722-2000 ext. 231
C: 709-227-1863