Jennifer Whelan says Marine Atlantic is a sore spot in their industry because she feels it limits people’s ability to experience Newfoundland and Labrador like it should be experienced.
“We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world – people should be able to see that and they’re not going to see it from the inside of an airport,” said the Dorset Trail Tourism Association President and Chairperson of The Gathering festival.
Whelan says Marine Atlantic is the province’s gateway to rural Newfoundland and Labrador because those places require extensive driving – something not everyone that flies into the province can do.
“We don’t want people to fly into St. John’s International (Airport), see a bit of the city from a taxi and go back and say ‘We were in Newfoundland,’” she said. “People need to get out and experience the province by driving to these little outports and experiencing rural Newfoundland and Labrador.”