'Vital' B.C. ferry route cut unwarranted: tourism association
BC Ferries ship arrives in Horseshoe Bay terminal in West Vancouver, B.C., Nov. 13, 2013. (PHOTO CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
The cancelling of a ferry route in the province’s North Coast will create havoc for tour organizers and could bankrupt businesses, according to the Tourism Industry Association of British Columbia.
On Monday, the association released a study indicating how the announced discontinuation of route 40 is a lifeline to communities between Port Hardy on Vancouver Island and Bella Coola on the North Coast.
The association’s Ian Robertson said the route is vital and doesn’t lose money.
“The Ministry of Transportation says that route 40 operates at a deficit of about $725,000,” he said. “Our analysis showed that when you look at the total provincial taxes generated by the route it’s about $780,000, so there is a very modest surplus.”
The association said international tour agencies have booked clients on the ferry for 2014, after it is scheduled to end service, and the cut could bankrupt local businesses.