Rental car shortage may devastate rural Newfoundland tourism
I am writing to you to ask that you use all the resources you have to address the critical situation with regard to the availability of rental cars in the province this summer.
News report indicate there may be as many as 1,000 fewer rental cars available in the province this summer, due to the bankruptcy of one Newfoundland agency and the slow delivery of cars from two of the major manufacturers.
In past years the availability of cars has been a recurring problem with many of our B& B operators who have seen reservations cancelled because of the lack of rental cars. This year the problem looks to be much worse. We have looked with approval on the increased provincial investment in advertising and believe you have done a fine job. But the $12 million spent this year to encourage tourists to come to the province may be wasted if they cannot secure a rented car once they land.
I am especially concerned for our members on the east coast of the province who rely heavily on fly in visitors who rent cars to tour the province.
And while I realize it is a difficult thing to address from a government level, it is critical we improve the situation now that the heart of the tourist season is upon us.
Might I suggest you meet with the heads of the rental agencies to determine the seriousness of the problem and brainstorm with them ways to fill the gap created by the lack of suitable rental vehicles.
Yours truly, Peter Fenwick, President
B&B Association of Newfoundland and Labrador