TIAPEI members discuss tourism issues with provincial leaders

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI — With a PEI election in full swing, the Tourism Industry Association of Prince Edward Island (TIAPEI) hosted an April 9 panel to discuss tourism issues.

Left to right: Rob Lantz, Peter Bevan Baker, Wade MacLauchlan and Mike Redmond.

Left to right: Rob Lantz, Peter Bevan Baker, Wade MacLauchlan and Mike Redmond.

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI — With a PEI election in full swing, the Tourism Industry Association of Prince Edward Island (TIAPEI) hosted an April 9 panel of provincial candidates including premier Wade MacLauchlan to discuss tourism issues.

Held at the Murphy’s Community Centre, the panel consisted of MacLauchlan (Liberal Party), Rob Lantz (Progressive Conservative Party), Peter Bevan Baker (Green Party) and Mike Redmond (New Democratic Party)

“This event gives people the opportunity and knowledge they need to make an informed decision when they head to the polls,” Kevin Mouflier, president of TIAPEI, said in a release. “TIAPEI’s role as the voice of the industry is to be the chief lobbyist for the issues that matter to tourism operators and their employees.”

TIAPEI members posed questions to the panel about how they intend to grow tourism, the placement of a marketing levy, changes to HST and minimum wage.

Each year, tourism in PEI accounts for approximately $380 million in economic activity and seven per cent of GDP, the highest percentage of any Canadian province, and provides over 7,000 full-time equivalent jobs for Islanders.