Tourism is a major contributor to the regional economy. It brings $122 million to the county annually. And, while it is most obvious during the seasonal period between the Victoria Day weekend through to Thanksgiving, it sustains many related businesses. It directly employs about seven per cent of the county’s workforce. Just think about all the weekend events, Canada Day, festivals, and other attractions, not to forget the cottage rentals, marinas and boat launches that give recreational opportunities to a wide variety of people from across Ontario, Quebec and the United States. Then, there are all the family, friends, and foreigners who come to our areas. It is not wrong to say tourism is significant.
To help us delve into the effect of the pandemic measures on the tourism industry is Northumberland County tourism manager Eileen Lum. Here is our phone conversation.