Blending lobsters with tourists nets top award

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Georgetown fishermen earns top rating from Tripadvisor

Captain Perry Gotell and his experiential tour operation, Tranquility Cove Adventures, based in Georgetown, earned top honours from the world-wide internet site Tripadvisor for a perfect score of excellence during 2012.

GEORGETOWN — If there is any doubt that “experiential tourism” is not a big time attraction on Prince Edward Island, just ask Perry Gotell.

Or better yet, ask his customers who heaped his Tranquility Cove Adventures win so much praise that the Georgetown entrepreneur earned the 2012 Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor.com

“Perry and his crew (Art and Lucas) made our deep-sea fishing trip an amazing (and relaxing!) adventure,” said a happy customer from Toronto.

“We learned how they caught lobsters, crabs and mussels and everyone got a chance to hold their catches. It was such a great hands on experience — especially for the young kids we have.”

Tranquility Cove Adventures began out of the port of Georgetown five years ago when the third generation lobster fisherman decided it was time to do something else after pulling in his trips at the end of July.

“People are always interested in learning about the experiences of others,’’ said Gotell. “So I just thought it would be great to offer such an opportunity.”

One year he had a young chef fly from Ontario just to be part of the opening day haul of lobsters on May 1. The seas were high and the weather was cold and windy but it was exactly what the customer wanted, said Gotell.

The company has earned so much praise it has a perfect score of excellence from a throng of customers who took the time to write a review on the internet site.

“At Tripadvisor, we recognize the power of traveler feedback and we’re proud to recognize Tranquility Cove Adventures for exceptional traveler rating over the past year,” said Christine Petersen representing the company. “The Certificate of Excellence recognizes businesses with consistently high ratings and with a rating of 5.0, Tranquility Cove Adventures has earned a place among the very best.”

Gotell was surprised and delighted by the 2012 honour as the company prepares for season six in 2013.

“It means a lot to us because we really want people to enjoy the experience we can offer,’’ he said.

The tour includes fishing for mackerel and lobster, diving for big clams off Brudenell Island, viewing wildlife and aquatic life around Panmure Island and cooking up what you catch on the beach.

Gotell says he focuses on providing what the customer wants.

“Captain Perry is one of those very special people who are born to make others feel welcome, shares his knowledge and experience wonderfully and possesses an ability to make everyone laugh and smile,’’ posted another happy customer..

Tranquility Cove was named Operator of the Year in 2011 by the Tourism Industry Association of P.E.I. The company also has a youtube video featuring its offerings.

Organizations: Tripadvisor, Operator of the Year, Tourism Industry Association of P.E.I.

Geographic location: Georgetown, Prince Edward Island, Toronto Ontario Brudenell Island Panmure Island

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  • meville bill
    March 27, 2013 - 18:03

    nice to see a fisherman trying to find some income other than 8 weeks of fishing and ei, maybe this whole working thing will catch on

  • Randall Holman
    January 16, 2013 - 08:09

    Why is it that Atlantic Canada is the ONLY place in North America that does NOT allow a Recreational Lobster Fishery? ALL of the states in the USA have a recreational sport fishery for lobsters, but why not here in Canada? Atlantic Canada is the highest producer of lobsters commercially, but we have no recreational fishery for them? I just doesn't make any sense?

    • jrsplace
      January 23, 2013 - 10:09

      Your are right Randall I have also said the same thing for years but the fishermen fight any talk of a recreational fishery of any kind because they have an unreal sense of self entitlement about the stocks . They seem to feel that they own the stocks because the bought a lobster licience . Similar to how they seem to feel about EI as well . The fishermen are also fighting the current bluefin tuna recreational fishery even though it is a better use of the stock and benifits the whole population by bringing in outside dollars not just a few guys buying the latest toy .

  • Celes Davar
    December 30, 2012 - 22:40

    Congratulations Perry. We know how hard you have worked, have experienced your remarkable wit, humour, knowledge, and the experiences that you provide at Tranquility Cove Adventures. We are so happy that you have been acknowledged and rewarded by Tripadvisor. Sue and I send our very best to you, and wish you and your family a great year ahead. I am so proud of what you are doing as a leader in this country. Carry on!!! Cheers, Celes & Sue

  • Wayne MacKinnon
    December 30, 2012 - 21:59

    I had the pleasure of escorting a group of UK Travel Agents here on a Fam Trip to experience Tranquility Cove Adventures. They loved it and I can honestly say it was one of the best experiential tours I ever experienced in many years of escorting visitors around the world. Not only is Perry a talented individual,his helpers are exceptional as well. Truly a great example of how warm,genuine and friendly Islanders really are; something the Tourism Dept. needs to highlite when marketing our beautiful Island.

  • Transplanted Islander
    December 30, 2012 - 17:19

    Sounds like the next big reality show in the making!! Congrats on your success...

  • Peter Llewellyn
    December 30, 2012 - 09:01

    Congratulations Perry, well deserved. I see many of his customers (From around the world) in my shop and they are ecstatic about Perry and crew, the caliber of the trip and the hospitality. A world class business in a rural community, take a well deserved bow Perry

  • Lilla
    December 30, 2012 - 08:31

    Congrats Perry and crew of Tranquility cove adventures what an honor !!

  • Marie
    December 29, 2012 - 19:09

    Congratulations and keep on bringing them home!!!!

  • wilfred and Lauretta
    December 29, 2012 - 17:55

    Well deserved award Perry. Great experience for everyone on PEI to enjoy. For every tourist it will complete your vacation - it an experience of a lifetime.

    • Grace
      February 17, 2013 - 12:03

      Way to go Perry, knew you started a great service,another attraction for our visitors, keep the east end on the map ! Cheers,Grace Blackette