Tourism Prince Rupert chair talks tourism season

The onset of fall marks the end of the 2014 tourism season in Prince Rupert.

The onset of fall marks the end of the 2014 tourism season in Prince Rupert.

Despite major setbacks with the cancellation of BC Ferries sailings on the North Coast, Tourism Prince Rupert chair Scott Farwell said the season was satisfactory.

“Overall, I think it met our expectations. With that being said, we kind of lowered them after BC Ferries changed the schedule,” said Farwell, adding the reduction did have an impact on visitors coming through the community.

Farwell said there was strength in the tourism marketplace this season, with charter fishermen still having a successful summer and the Visitor Information Centre seeing a slight increase in the number of people stopping by.

“We also ran a regional campaign between here and Prince George, which they saw some results from,” he added.

But Farwell said the link BC Ferries provides to international tourism is critical for Prince Rupert.

“It makes our job a little bit more difficult every time they reduce a ferry,” said Farwell.