Boosting Island beaches

Boosting Island beaches: P.E.I.-made videos making a splash on social media

‘One of the criteria for us was to show 50 beaches, so how do you do that?’

The beaches of eastern P.E.I. are the star of a new series of videos promoting tourism in the eastern part of the Island.

The videos have become a hit on social media, much to the delight of the Island company that produced them.

“One of the criteria for us was to show 50 beaches, so how do you do that?” said Craig Harris, owner of Furrow Creative, based in Summerside, P.E.I.

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Escape to PEI This Winter

Escape to PEI This Winter

How to Have the Ultimate Winter Escape

With the hustle and bustle of December a distant memory and summer still too far away, most of us have nestled into full-on hibernation mode. From the comfort of a cozy couch it can seem like there’s not much reason to leave the house. But winter weekends are the ultimate opportunity to explore, indulge and experience what Prince Edward Island has to offer. It’s so much more than just a summer paradise, it’s great at winter too! Taking a quick winter escape to PEI is the perfect way to break up the routine with a burst of winter activities, innovative food, and hotels that will spoil you.

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PEI’s tourism up in September

P.E.I.’s tourism industry put another record month in the books in September, with overnight stays up 8.1 per cent over last year’s best September ever.

Tourism Minister Heath MacDonald expects P.E.I. will post record numbers for the third straight year.

“The success we’re seeing this season is a direct result of our collective efforts to make Prince Edward Island one of the best places in the world to take a vacation,” said MacDonald in a news release.

For the year to date overnight stays are up 11.0 per cent.

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P.E.I. tops a list of 17 best places in the world to visit

CNN had the whole world to choose from, and it is sending its viewers to Prince Edward Island.

P.E.I. tops a list of 17 best places in the world to visit this year published by the American news broadcaster Friday morning.

“Travelers are falling in love with the island’s rocky red shores and picturesque fishing villages all over again thanks to several new TV and movie productions of the Lucy Maud Montgomery classic,” says the online feature.

The added attention will be welcome news for the Island’s tourism industry, which marked record business in 2016 for the third straight year.

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17 amazing places to travel in 2017 – PEI is #5 Worldwide!

Recently Orbitz online posted the following touting PEI as in the top 5 places to travel. We invite you to come out to Prince Edward Island and see what we have to offer.

Remember when we derided our neighbor to the north as a funny little cultural backwater? That’s because we hadn’t bothered to visit. Then word got out that cities like Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver were just as cool as their U.S. counterparts, the natural landscapes in provinces like British Columbia, Alberta and elsewhere just as beautiful and the people just as friendly—if not more so. Over the years, the Canadian dollar has waxed and waned against ours but it just so happens to be weak enough right now that the entire country is basically 25% off. Our top recs? Banff National Park is staggeringly beautiful, Queen Street West is Toronto’s hippest ‘hood, Montreal never goes out of style and Prince Edward Island in summertime is simply sublime.

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Fabulous, Fresh and Flavourful – PEI is Canada’s Food Island

A trip to Prince Edward Island is bound to include the perennial favorites of potatoes and seafood – classics that seem to get better with each new recipe and combination. Farming and fishing make up two of the major industries on the island and the relative isolation from the mainland ensures a plateful of the freshest locally sourced food available. The emphasis on quality foods is so pronounced that our little PEI has become a destination for foodies, an attribute celebrated at the mouth-watering culinary events that that are held here. Not sure what to eat when you get here? If everything isn’t an option, explore some of these flavours and creations that the island has to offer.


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A new measure of tourism success has been introduced in Canada.

While performance statistics based on measuring the number of visitors and their spending are common place in the Canadian tourism industry, this focus, according to Resonance Consultancy, misses one of the most important aspects of today’s tourism business – analysis of the relative quality of the tourism experience from one province and destination to the next from the all-important visitors’ point of view.

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MoneySense magazine says P.E.I. is one of the top 11 least expensive places in the world to retire in.

A recent article in the Guardian Newspaper stated that PEI is considered by MoneySense Magazine to be one of eleven top places to retire. It stated that along with Costa Rica, Belize, Italy, Uruguay, France, Argentina, Vietnam, Panama, Thailand and Ecuador retirees could expect to be able to retire on $30,000 per year.

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“An impressive list considering P.E.I. is on that list with Costa Rica, Belize, Italy, Uruguay, France, Argentina, Vietnam, Panama, Thailand and Ecuador. According to the magazine, people can retire in any of those aforementioned locations for less than $30,000 a year.

The news was met Thursday with mixed feelings in that it is a blessing and a curse.

Linda Jean Nicholson, executive director of the P.E.I. Senior Citizens Federation, says it’s a double-edged sword.

“I was pleasantly surprised, of course, because we know we’re senior-friendly. Now the world knows,’’ Nicholson said.

“It’s wonderful to know that we’re senior-friendly . . . but we do have our challenges with meeting the needs of our current seniors and we don’t want to increase that challenge.’’

The challenge Nicholson refers to is that if the demand for affordable seniors housing is noticeable now, imagine what it will be like as baby boomers move into their elderly years and with the attention media such as MoneySense magazine give it.

After attending a meeting recently of provincial and territorial ministers responsible for seniors, P.E.I.’s Community and Services and Seniors Minister Valerie Docherty emerged saying seniors’ housing was a prevailing concern and the ministers are keen to work with the feds to address it.

Time is a factor, too. The federal-provincial affordable housing agreement, which provides assistance to seniors, people with disabilities and low-income families, expires in March 2014, and the ministers are looking to Ottawa to renew it when it does.

The P.E.I. government is having a hard time keeping up with demand. Some 718 Island seniors are waiting for housing, mainly in Charlottetown and Summerside.

“We can’t afford to have an increase at this point and time so I would call (the news) a double-edged sword,’’ Nicholson said.

Charlottetown developer Kelvin McQuaid sees it as an opportunity, one his family is trying to help fill with the seniors-friendly projects at the former Sherwood Greens property.

“Demand is going to go up and demand is really strong right now. I think that P.E.I. is starting to put a better product on the market all the time,’’ McQuaid said.

The multi-phase project the McQuaid’s are working on offers pre-assisted living, assisted living, conventional housing and community care.

“A lot of our competitors are doing the same thing, a really good job with their accommodations. I think P.E.I. is starting to have a really good reputation for having excellent accommodations.’’

McQuaid points to Andrews lodges in Charlottetown, Stratford, Summerside and Montague as examples of existing quality accommodations.

“We think the demand is going to be really good. A lot of new units are coming on the market so I don’t think it will be a problem to fill them.

Docherty told The Guardian recently that creating more structures could create problems down the road.

“The fear, of course, is we’re going to peak, but then we’re going to start to come down, and in 30 years’ time, we don’t need all these empty buildings, if we can help it,’’ the minister said.”

Montague-based Aspin Kemp announced on Friday a major contract with GE`s global offshore and marine division.

Aspin Kemp CEO Jason Aspin hopes this is just the beginning of the company’s relationship with GE. (CBC)

The engineering company will provide GE with electrical components for drilling ships. The contract is already underway and at its peak is expected to generate approximately 50 jobs in trades and for professionals in Pooles Corner and Stratford. Some hiring has already taken place.

“We are very excited to have been selected by GE as part of the company’s global supply chain and we look forward to continuing to grow our relationship,” said Jason Aspin, CEO of Aspin Kemp & Associates in a news release.

“We are proud to be delivering industry-changing technology to the marine and oil and gas sectors from our engineering and manufacturing base here in P.E.I.”

GE Canada president Elyse Allan said the deal was a great example of how small Canadian businesses can scale their expertise and export to foreign markets by leveraging relationships with larger companies.