The prohibition of visits by international cruise to Canada until October 31, will hurt the tourist industry of the Sept-Îles on the North Shore.
This measure taken due to the coronavirus causing the cancellation of four ship calls scheduled for next fall.
The restrictions of the speeds of the ships for the protection of right whales had already disappeared from the schedule 6 other stops of this year.
A total of 12,000 passengers and members of crew do not disembark as planned in the city’s north coast by 2020.
The station manager of the organization, Destination Sept-Îles Nakauinanu, Marie-Eve Duguay, will use this break to review strategies of the organization and work on some projects, including the visitor’s pavilion.
It is hoped that the attractions most affected by the cancellation of the visits will bounce back after the crisis.
“Some of the attractions like the regional museum and the Old Post office, cruise ship passengers account for two-thirds of annual ticket. It’s going to have an impact on revenues.”
Ten-eight ship calls were scheduled for 2021, but the speed restrictions imposed for the protection of right whales have already resulted in the abolition of nine stops.