The tourism industry in Manitoba (Canada) is booming as the pandemic eases and people begin to travel more.
As per a report, the trend of staycation, which was widely embraced during the pandemic, seems to be staying.
Judy McIver has been traveling across Manitoba this summer, “We were at Blue Lake campground last week. We’ve been up to Birds Hill, out to Henasa campground. So we’ve done lots of camping this year.”
Heading to a cabin near Gimli, Noel & Jordan Dyck are just two of many Manitobans exploring the province.
“We just haven’t had a chance to get away with all of my siblings, so my mom thought it would be a good idea to rent a cabin up there and bring the kids,” said Jordan.
Local tourism is also boosted by returning events, such as the Icelandic festival in Gimli and the Manitoba Stampede in Morris. Brian Wiebe, president of the Valley Agricultural Society, said the stampede was very popular.
“I’ve been speaking with business owners all weekend, they have been swamped. The restaurants, the hotels. To the best of my knowledge, this has been decades since we’ve had every single hotel room in town booked solid.”
However, Manitobans aren’t just staying close to home. The Winnipeg Airports Authority (WAA) says that many people travel across the country.
“We know a lot of people are traveling domestically,” WAA communications manager Michel Rossetsaid said.
“People are visiting those family and friends and places across the country where they might not have been able to visit in the last two and a half or three years.”
The increased number of domestic travelers has also brought tourists to Winnipeg. Tourists from out of town are also boosting business for hotels, restaurants, and gas stations.
This story originally appeared on CTV News.