Readers of Travel + Leisure Magazine have named Prince Edward Island the top Island getaway in continental North America and the fifth best in the world, ahead of Bali, says the P.E.I. Department of Tourism
“It’s a real honour to be included on the list and to see the industry recognized in such a big way by the readers of Travel + Leisure Magazine,” said Robert Henderson, minister of tourism and culture in a press release today. “Government and industry have worked very hard for decades to make Prince Edward Island a world-class destination for tourists," said Henderson.
"To see Prince Edward Island included on the same list as Maui, Santorini and the Galapagos Islands in an American publication is a testament to the excellent product we’ve built over the years, and it speaks volumes about all our hard work.”
In 2012, readers of Travel + Leisure were invited to participate in a questionnaire designed to score individual destinations on things like natural attractions, food, people, activities and overall value. This isn’t the first time Prince Edward Island was recognized by the magazine; it also ranked the P.E.I. top North American island in 2003.
“This is a great honour for PEI, especially when our coastal nature is such a big part of our tourism strategy,” said John-Anthony Langdale, Chair of the Tourism Advisory Council and owner of Rustico Resort. “As Islanders and in the tourism industry, we are proud of our great beaches, food, activities, people and value in our offering, but the fact that Travel + Leisure readers scored these traits so highly really reinforces our marketing efforts.”
Tourism provides over 7,000 full-time equivalent jobs for Islanders, said the government press release. "It accounts for approximately $380 million in economic activity each year and seven percent of GDP, the highest percentage of any Canadian province."